From Wyatt Earp to Sarah Palin, Alaska has a colorful history, which has occasionally touched on Jews.
Four of the state’s legendary mountains are named after Jews. There’s a Star of David featured in one of the state’s most famed church stained-glass windows. Alaska Airlines helped airlift Yemeni Jews to Israel.
Earp once ran a bar in Nome with a Brooklyn-born Jew.
Palin, the former governor and ill-fated Republican presidential candidate, once called a Jewish rival ‘bird nose,’ which unsurprisingly raised hackles.
Not bad for a tiny community of just 6,000 who dub themselves the Frozen Chosen.
Read the Forward’s profiles of four fascinating Alaskan Jews.
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