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Mission Statement

Temple Har Shalom is an inclusive Reform Jewish congregation in the beautiful mountains of Park City, Utah. We welcome all Ohavei Yisrael (lovers of Judaism) to explore, experience and connect to Jewish thought and religion.

Our Story

Temple Har Shalom began in 1995, when a group of local Jews decided that Park City needed a home for the Jewish community.  The congregation affiliated with the Reform Movement in 1999 and weekly Shabbat services began with the arrival of our first full-time rabbi in 2002.  Our remarkable building was dedicated in 2008, housing the vibrant Jewish life of our Temple.  Rabbi Levinsky joined our Temple community in 2015, bringing warmth, scholarship, and music.

Open Judaism

Temple Har Shalom welcomes everyone who loves Judaism and incorporates it into their spiritual and communal life.  No matter what your Jewish experience, THS provides a place to explore the next steps in your spiritual adventure.  While we are a Reform Jewish community, our rabbi has a familiarity and comfort with traditional Judaism.  We also welcome those who are not Jewish, whether they are a part of a Jewish family or exploring the role of Judaism in their life. People of all sexual and gender identities can choose our Temple as their spiritual community.

Spirituality, Learning and Community

Temple Har Shalom is a spiritual center, offering Pre K-10 religious school, family programs, adult study, Shabbat and holy day services, a Passover Seder, Tots programs, and social events for all ages.  Our services are informal and guitar-led, emphasizing participation and including a talk by our rabbi almost every week.  We are also proud of our role as a community center, hosting private and public events and concerts as well as non-member life-cycle events.

Our Rabbi

Rabbi David Levinsky holds the Saidye Rosner Bronfman Rabbinic Chair at Temple Har Shalom, where he joined the congregation in 2015.  As a congregational rabbi, he has served as Associate Rabbi at Chicago Sinai Congregation and as the rabbi at Keddem Congregation in Palo Alto, CA.  Rabbi Levinsky also served as the rabbi of the JCC in San Francisco, heading the Taube Center for Jewish Life.

Born and raised in Chicago, he received his B.A. in English with Honors at Indiana University and rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in 2002.  He also has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Stanford University.  His academic work focuses on the interaction of Jews and Christians in the late ancient Eastern Mediterranean.

Married with one child, Rabbi Levinsky‚Äôs wife is a professor of Education.  He loves interfaith work, participating in the Interfaith Council of Park City and sitting on the board of the international Parliament of World Religions.  His hobbies include record collecting, playing guitar and skateboarding.

For information on membership visit our Membership Page.

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