22 2024

Jews in Alaska: The Alaska Jewish History Museum

7:00PM - 8:00PM  

VIRTUAL Program Jewish Federation of the Berkshires 196 South St
Pittsfield, MA 01201
4134424360 dlitwin@jewishberkshires.org

Contact Rabbi Daveen Litwin

Virtual program.  Please register HERE.

Join Curator Leslie Fried on a tour of Anchorage’s Alaska Jewish Museum that highlights its history and primary exhibits. She will also share artifacts that are emblematic of the Jewish experience in Alaska and introduce the museum’s new virtual exhibit, From Purchase to Prosperity: The Jewish Founders of the Alaska Commercial Company and Their Contribution to the Acquisition of America’s Last Frontier.  

Visitors to the Alaska Jewish Museum are often surprised to find out there is a Jewish community in Alaska, and that its story goes back to the 1800's. We examine connections between history, art and culture that enabled the original Jewish settlers to travel to the Far North. Coming from towns with old, established cultures to flourish in a new land was an integral part of the Jewish identity and pioneer spirit.

Artist Leslie Fried has been the curator at the Alaska Jewish Museum (AJM) in Anchorage since 2011.  She earned a Master of Library and Information Science, and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Washington, she also holds a B.A. In Fine and Applied Art from the University of Oregon.