Alaska Jewish Museum
As its name indicates, the Alaska Jewish Historical Museum celebrates and preserves the legacy and contributions of Jews in Alaska. It was founded in 2004 by a group led by Rabbi Joseph Greenberg who wanted to honor these contributions. They also wanted a place that would foster diversity and tolerance by bringing people together. The museum has a growing archives which houses photographs, documents and other materials. The museum also features changing exhibits about Jewish art, history and culture, and the first permanent exhibit called "On the Wing's of Eagles: Alaska's Contribution to Operation Magic Carpet." This tells visitors about Operation Magic Carpet, which was a months-long effort between June 1949 and September 1950 to airlift Jews from Yemen (and from Eritrea, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and Shanghai) to Israel. Alaska Airlines played the key role in the endeavor, earning its place in modern Jewish history (see more about the operation below).
Backstory and Context
Metzger, Darragh. Alaska Over Israel: Operation Magic Carpet, the Men and Women Who Made it Fly, and the Little Airline That Could. Lynnwood, Washington: TFA Press, 2017