Alaska Jewish Campus & Museum Donates COVID Masks to Municipality of Anchorage
In response to Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy and Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s call to the community, to come forward and help with the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) that Anchorage faces due to the COVID-19 crisis, members of the Alaska Community sponsored a Donate a Mask and Protect a Life Campaign.
On Tuesday, May 12th, 2020, the Alaska Jewish Campus and Museum delivered its first shipment of 3-PLY surgical masks to Mayor Ethan Berkowitz. Members of the Jewish community officially presented the donated face masks to the Mayor and the Municipality of Anchorage for distribution to first responders, medical providers and to those in the community at risk of exposure to the coronavirus.
The event coincided with the Jewish unity day of Lag B’omer, when Jews around the world celebrate Jewish unity and brotherhood. It is in the spirit of this day of celebration that the Campus and Museum hope to inspire fellow Alaskans with an Alaskan spirit of unity and the importance of watching out for each other.
You can watch Rabbi Greenberg of the Alaska Jewish Campus and Alaska Jewish Museum and Mayor Berkowitz in the clip below.
"Songs of the Inspired Soul"
On February 19, 2020, the Alaska Jewish Museum presented an event called 'Songs of the Inspired Soul', a multimedia concert of traditional Hassidic melodies that features film and a live string quartet of local Anchorage musicians. The music was incredibly stirring and was well-received by the culturally diverse Anchorage public!
"Those Who Remained"
"Those Who Remained", the Hungarian film sponsored by the Alaska Jewish Museum for entrance into the 2019 Anchorage Internationat Film Festival received the Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature film. It also was 2nd Runner-Up for the Audience Choice Award. A lyrical story of the healing power of love in the midst of conflict, loss and trauma, “Those Who Remained,” reveals the healing process of Holocaust survivors through the eyes of a young girl in post-World War II Hungary.
"Those Who Remained" premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and is also Hungary’s official entry in the 2020 Oscars' International Feature Film category.
The Alaska Jewish Museum is proud and excited to announce that the Anchorage Press has selected our museum as one of the top 3 museums in Anchorage, along with the Anchorage Museum and the Alaska Native Heritage Museum!
What About Holocaust Analogies?
August 8th, 2019
Recently statements have been made comparing the situation on the US / Mexican border to concentration camps in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. Some have taken issue with this, viewing these analogies as an exploitation of the six million Jews murdered in a state-sponsored, systematic campaign of genocide. See below for both sides of the issue.
Holocaust Remembrance Day
April 11th, 2018
Leslie Fried, curator of the Alaska Jewish Museum was honored this year to present the Holocaust Remembrance Day Speech at both JBER and Fort Wainwright. Rabbi Levi Glitsenstein also spoke and gave a very moving speech at the JBER event. The mission of the museum is not only to celebrate the history, art and culture of the Jews of Alaska, but to also tell the story of the Holocaust. Doing this ensures that this tragedy is not forgotten, for by remembering what happened to 6 million people, by telling their story, and by understanding the reasons behind it, human beings will be better equipped to observe warning signs in the future - and hopefully be better able to prevent such occurrences from happening again in our world. In the words of Liz Sevcenko, Founding Director of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, “memory is a critical language and terrain of human rights” for to erase the past of a people is to destroy them.
Leslie Fried, Rabbi Levi Glitsenstein, and Military Representatives of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
Military attendees of the Holocaust Remembrance Day event at Fort Wainwright
Military attendees view a presentation at the Holocaust Remembrance Day event at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
Fourteenth Annual Jewish Cultural Gala - 2017
November 11th, 2017
The Jewish Cultural Gala in Anchorage Alaska on November 11, 2017, honored the 150th Anniversary of the Alaska Purchase, and the Alaska Commercial Company (ACC). The history of the ACC is interwoven with the history of Alaska. From the time of the Alaska Purchase in 1867, to the Gold Rush years, and to the present day, the ACC has been the provider of groceries and general merchandise for trappers, explorers, miners, and Alaska citizens in general. The company prides itself on a long history of practicing ethical business standards implemented by its Jewish founders, San Francisco merchants Louis Gerstle and Louis Sloss, who sought to run their operations according to the three principles of Judaism: charity, education, and social justice. An exhibit about the Alaska Commercial Company and the lobby of its founders for Purchase is in development by the Alaska Jewish Museum at the present time.
Leslie Fried, Alaska Jewish Museum Curator, Penelope Goforth ACCHistorian, & Alaskan Governor Bill Walker
The Jewish Cultural Gala Celebrates the Alaska Commerical Company
Rabbi Greenberg Presents Awards To ACC' Leadership Rex Wilhelm, Walter Pickett, & Perry Eaton On Behalf Of EdwardKennedy
Alaska Jewish Museum Curator Leslie Fried Interviews Captain Long at the Museum of Jewish Heritage
Alaska Airlines and Capt Elgen Long honored for their contibutions to Operation Magic Carpet
September 5, 2017
On Sept. 5, 2017, Curator Leslie Fried attended an event in New York at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, honoring Alaska Airlines and Capt. Elgen M. Long for their contributions in “Operation Magic Carpet,” the airlift by Alaska Airlines of more than 50,000 Yemenite Jews to the newly created nation of Israel from December 1948 to Fall of 1950. The event was organized by StandWithUs (an international, non-profit Israel education organization), in partnership with the American Sephardic Federation, together with the Alaska Jewish Museum. Speakers included Shahar Azani, StandWithUs Northeast Executive Director; Ambassador Dani Dayan, Consul General of Israel in New York; Captain (retired) Elgen M. Long; Jason Guberman of the American Sephardic Federation; and Curator Leslie Fried of the Alaska Jewish Museum.
Captain Elgen Long with the original sextant used in the airlift
Shahar Azani, StandWithUs NE Executive Director, &
Tim Thompson of Alaska Airlines
Tim Thompson speaking at the Museum of Jewish Heritiage
Alaska Jewish Museum Opens New Exhibit
August 21, 2017
On August 21, 2017, the Alaska Jewish Museum officially opened its new exhibit, A Refuge in the Last Frontier: Evolution of the Alaska Development Plan, about the failed attempts by the American government during the 1930’s and 40’s to put into place an immigration policy that would have allowed Jews trying to escape Nazi Germany to settle in Alaska. We were honored to have such distinguished speakers present as Governor Walker, Mayor Berkowitz of Anchorage, Historian Steve Haycox and Senator Lisa Murkowski, as well as our own Rabbi Greenberg and Curator Leslie Fried. Audience response was very emotional as letters from would-be Jewish immigrants requesting haven in the Territory were read aloud. The speeches of Ms. Fried and Mayor Berkowitz can be accessed below. Professor Haycox’s speech can be found on the exhibit page.
Video's from Opening of New Exhibit
Alaska Humanities Forum Article
Curator Leslie Fried and AJM receives the 2017 Elva R Scott Local Historical Society Award
September 29, 2017
We are proud to announce that the Alaska Jewish Museum and Curator Leslie Fried were awarded the 2017 Elva R. Scott Local Historical Society Award for curatorial excellence in exhibit development!! In the photo, Ms. Fried is being presented with the award plaque by Treasurer Steve Hawley of the Alaska Historical Society. The ceremony took place at the 2017 Museums Alaska / Alaska Historical Society Conference, held this year at the Anchorage Museum.
AJM Curator Leslie Fried presented 2017 Elva R. Scott Award by Steve HawleyTreasurer
of Alaska Historical Society
Alaska Historical Society 2017 Plaque
for Leslie Fried, Curator
Alaska Jewish Museum Installation Now On Display at AIC Airport
July 16, 2014 | Alaska Jewish Museum board members Bob & Yael Kaufman, recently made a very important contribution to our museum by donating a permanent signage spot in the Anchorage International Airport, highlighting our Jewish Museum and our first permanent exhibit, On the Wings Of Eagles: Alaska's Contribution to Operation Magic Carpet. This generous gift has dramatically changed the scope of our museum’s public reach, as the sign is prominently located at the Alaska Airlines baggage claim, seen by thousands of tourists and locals throughout the year. On your next trip in our out of town make sure to stop and view it!
Holocaust Teacher’s Workshop
On August 15, 2015, Leslie Fried, the curator of the Alaska Jewish Museum hosted the Holocaust Teacher’s Workshop, a two-hour event that featured a welcoming speech by Rabbi Yosef Greenberg of the Alaska Jewish Campus; and a PowerPoint presentation that touched
on the history of anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and resistance efforts.
In addition, songs of the ghettos and of the camps, arranged for flute and violin, were played by Karen Barnard, violinist and Christine Reichman, flautist.
Image Gallery: JDC Forum 2013
AJM Curator Leslie Fried was invited by Linda Levi, the Director of Global Archives at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, to participate in a panel on conducting research at the JDC Archives. The event took place on Monday, October 14, 2013 at the Westin Grand Central Hotel in New York City during the JDC Board of Directors annual meeting. The session was entitled "Bringing History to Life - The Treasures of the JDC Archives" and included a brief overview on some of the treasures in the JDC Archives followed by a panel of three cultural figures speaking on their experiences using the JDC Archives. Leslie spoke about her experience in the JDC Archives preparation collecting material for the AJM’s opening exhibit, On the Wings of Eagles: Alaska’s Contribution to Operation Magic Carpet.