You’re an avid skier and find yourself on the slopes at Utah’s Deer Valley resort, almost 9,000 feet above sea level. Only problem is, it’s Friday afternoon and Shabbat is approaching. What’s a skiing Jew to do?!
Head over to what Israeli newspaer Haaretz calls “the nation’s — and possibly the world’s — only ski-in, ski-out Kabbalat Shabbat minyan.” Rabbi David Levinsky of Temple Har Shalom (Mountain of Peace) in Park City (pictured above) leads the service in a rustic mountainside cabin.
“One of the goals of Har Shalom is to find interesting ways to blend mountain living with Judaism, and ski shul is one of the ways to do it,” Levinsky is quoted as saying. “The temple is nestled in the foothills of the Wasatch range. Sometimes we take our Judaism up the mountain.”
To learn more about this unusual Kabbalat Shabbat service, read the source article from Haaretz.com, written by Uriel Heilman. Note: The service, which lasts about 35 minutes, begins at 3 p.m.; the ski lift stops operating an hour later. >>