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Explore the old
crusader fortress in
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laska. This huge state (73
times the size of Israel)
conjures up many won-
derful images: stately ice-
bergs, immense blue glaciers
that are alive and move at a
snail-like pace, fur-covered Es-
kimos, colorful and sky-high
totem poles, large numbers of
whales, sea otters, eagles, bears
of all kinds.
But did you know that during
The president of the Universi-
ty of Alaska, Fairbanks is a Jew,
and you will find shops in many
of the towns selling a great take-
shirt with the university's logo in
Hebrew. Fairbank's Jews also
boast the world's most northerly
functioning synagogue. Or
HaTzafon, Light of the North,
opened its doors on Rosh
Hashanah in 1992.
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Discover the intricate
tapestry of religio n
and history in the old city
Follow the footsteps of the
Zealots as you climb Masada
and tour the ruins of their
last stand against the Romans.
Dive into the Red Sea along the
Israeli riviera of Etat and
explore the most beautifUl coral
reef in the world.'
Rejuvenate in the healing waters 0
the Dead Sea after coating your-
self with a Dead Sea mud pack.
Hike through the Negev and
witness the awesome beauty of
desert hills and oases.
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Franklin Roosevelt's adminis-
tration there was a plan to move
Jews from Nazi Germany to
Alaska? Going back to 1867, the
American flag was raised for the
first time over the newly pur-
chased land by Benjamin Levi.
In 1885, the first permanent
Jewish settlers in Juneau were
the Robert Goldstein family.
They set up a fur trading post,
and dealt in sable, beaver,
marten and mink.
Dawson City in 1898 was the
site of the first Jewish services,
and about 40 people gathered to
In 1901, the Jews in the shtetl
of Nome formed the first Jewish
organization in. Alaska, and it
was called the Nome Hebrew
Benevolent Society. These Jews
worked primarily in shipping and
Anchorage elected its first Jew-
ish mayor, Leopold David, in
1920. Ike Bayles, a native of
Lithuania, is another important
name in Anchorage's history. He
has a large clothing store and was
a member of the town's first city
Probably the best known Jew-
ish citizen of Alaska is Ernest
Gruening. He was governor from
1939 to 1953 and was one of the
first senators elected when Alas-
ka became the 49th state on Jan-
uary 3, 1959.
The synagogue in Anchorage
is called Beth Sholom and can
seat up to 400 worshippers.
There are many ways to get to
Alaska. Call your friendly travel
agent, and you will get lots of op-
tions. I recommend a cruise.
There are many cruise lines that
sail to this state. Some of the trips
include land travel; some do not.
Most itineraries are between
five and 14 days. You have a lot
of choices, but you must plan far
in advance because the tourist
season is very short: June, July
and August. Before and after
those three months, it's very cold;
and it's very dark. But during the
summer months you have balmy
breezes and sunlight until 11
There are fancy, dress-up
cruises that offer Broadway en-
tertainment in a night club at-
mosphere every night. These
trips have Las Vegas-type gam-
bling on board, gourmet meals
(four and five times a day), great
service and a pretty hefty bill.
Another kind of cruise is the
one I took last June. You can
wear jeans day and night. The
food is adequate and plentiful
The cabins have top and bottom
bunk beds. There is an emphasis
on education, and prices are in
the low to medium category.
But the real thrills of an
Alaskan cruise are watching the