22 April 2009

Northern California: The frozen chosen, April 27

Alaska's frozen chosen - the Jews of Alaska - is the topic for the next meeting of the Peninsula branch of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society, on Monday, April 27.

The meeting starts at 7pm at Congregation Beth Am, in Los Altos Hills.

Jerry Delson and Janet Mohr will present "Jewish Outposts: Jews in Alaska and Adventures You Might Enjoy."

Starting in 1995, Jerry took advantage of regular business trips to Alaska to pursue his interest in genealogy wherever he might be. He attended conferences of the Anchorage Genealogical Society and presented genealogy workshops at Congregation Beth Sholom. He has enjoyed contacts with Jews in Sitka and in Fairbanks and will describe Fairbanks’ star attraction, the Summer Arts Festival. This year's edition will offer, for the first time, a Jewish choral music course.

In 1952, Janet was starting high school when her family moved to Anchorage. She learned about growing up Jewish in Alaska, and her parents - from Vienna - took an active role in Anchorage’s cultural life. Graduate studies at Stanford brought Janet to the Bay Area, but she continues to have close ties with friends in Anchorage.
Attendance is free and everyone is invited. This is a change from the previously scheduled program. For more information and future programs, view the SFBAJGS website.

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