Summarized by Eileen Bell
Jews and Mormons Have a History Of Friendship Since Pioneer Times
Salt Lake Tribune 31Jul99 C7
By Bob Mims: Salt Lake Tribune
This article recounts the history of Jewish settlers and development in
Utah, and the positive relationship that Jewish congregations have
had with the LDS Church.
Elder Alexander B. Morrison says the link is natural, considering the
persecution that members of both faiths have suffered. Elder
Morrison is the Area President for Utah North, and says, "Since the
earliest years in this valley, we have enjoyed a mutually beneficial
and respectful relationship with the Jewish community in Utah, a
relationship that has grown stronger over the years. Having felt the
sting of persecution ourselves, we can compassionately appreciate the
hardships that our Jewish friends have endured."
The first record of a Jewish worship service in Utah is from 1864, taking
place in a home in Salt Lake City. Brigham Young gave land for a
Jewish Cemetary in 1866. In 1867, several Jewish holy days were
observed at the LDS Church's Seventies Hall.
The friendship has continued over the years, with LDS donations to
the Jewish community. Last year, the Church gave a donations to the
Park City Jewish Center to help contribute to the eventual building of
a synagogue in Park City.