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  • Jewish Museums of North Americ Jewish Museums of North America

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      The Jewish population of the United States stands at barely 3% of America's total residents but the community has been an intergral part of the American landscape since Colonial times. Throughout the country museums, small and large, exist which attest to the unique role that Jews see for themselves in America and their commitment to their heritage.

      Wherever I travel I try to search out Jewish museums. Every region gives its own flavor to the American Jewish experience and by observing them I enjoy the opportunity to see the American Jewish world in all is diversity.

      Jewish Museum of Oregon

      In the mid-1800s the German Jewish immigration to American began to gain momentum. Most of these immigrants settled along the East Coast but some adventurous pioneers moved westward. In 1849  two German Jewish immigrants traveled to Oregon and settled in the frontier town of Portland. By 1853 enough additional Jewish men had arrived in the town to create the need for a boardinghouse for Jewish bachelors and  the Jewish community continued to expand.

       

      Today Portland has a vibrant Jewish community. The Jewish Museum of Oregon traces the Jewish presence in the northeast with a wide range of exhibits that help you appreciate the sacrifices that the early Jewish settlers made to come and live in the Pacific Northwest. The museum houses a large archive that contains documents, photos and artifacts that document the Jewish immigration and settlement in the region. You can also listen to some of the old-timers whose memories are recorded via the museum's  oral history program.  

       

      Modern Portland Jewish history is on display via temporary exhibits which display Judaica and elements of Jewish culture and tradition. These exhibits are not necessarily unique to Oregon, but their inclusion in the museum ensures that the exhibits meet the needs of present-day visitors for Jewish information. Films, concerts and lectures are scheduled throughout the year -- the website provides information about these events.

       

       

      Jewish Museum of Charleston

      It may seem incongruous to have a full-blown, high quality Jewish museum in a city with a miniscule Jewish population but 200 years ago there were more Jews in Charleston than in almost any other American colony. Charleston is the historical home of one of North America's first Jewish communities. The Charter of South Carolina, written in 1669, granted liberty of conscience to all residents, specifically noting "Jews, heathens, and dissenters." Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch Jews saw Charleston as a haven where they could  live freely as Jews. Charleston was a center of Jewish life until well into the 20th century and a congregation still remains.

       

      The Jewish Museum of Charleston displays a wide range of exhibits that explore Jewish culture, showing how Jews celebrated and commemorated holidays and rituals hundreds of years ago till today. The museum's permanent exhibition -- Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey examines the Jewish experience of the last 4000 years as it is perceived through various art forms. The display area presents a diverse collection of archaeological objects, ceremonial implements, photographs, videos and interactive media that offers an overview of the American Jewish experience.

       

      The museum is located in the Kahal Kadosh synagogue. Kahal Kadosh was built in 1749 to serve the Sephardic (Spanish and Portuguese) Jews. It became one of America's first Reform Temples when the changing demographics of the Charleston Jewish community created a need for change in the mid 1800s.  The Museum traces the history of this evolution as well as of the Reform reinterpretation of Jewish traditions, the interaction of Jewish community of Charleston with other cultures and the impact that these historical events have had on American Jewish life.

       

      Breman Jewish Heritage Museum

      There are Holocaust Museums all over the world but the Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, located in Atlanta Georgia, tells the story of the Holocaust by exploring the lives of over 400 survivors who made their way to Georgia and Alabama after the war.

       

      Using documents, photos and biographical details of the survivors the museum demonstrates the progression of the Holocaust years, starting with the persecutions and moving on to the ghettos, the concentration camps and, for very few, final freedom.

       

      Holocaust survivors that made their way to the southern United States have become successful and valued members of their communities. These people gave their time, money and memories to  the museum to contribute to Holocaust education in their community. Probably the most moving part of the museum involved the survivors' stories which personalized the exhibit in a way that photos and documents can never achieve. The Breman museum adds a great deal to the public's knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust.

        

      Milken Archives of Jewish Music

      The Los Angeles-based Milken Archives of Jewish Music was created by the Milken Foundation as a resource through which the history and the evolution of American Jewry can be traced by examining Jewish American liturgy and music. Beginning with data that documents the 17th century Sephardic Jews who arrived from Brazil, the Archive documents the unique songs and chants that are associated with American Jewish history.

       

      The first Jews in America were of Spanish and Portuguese origin. After they escaped the Inquisition they moved to Holland and from Holland they joined the expeditions to the New World. When Portugal conquered Brazil from Holland and brought the Inquisition to South America the Jews fled northward to the new American colonies. They brought their Iberian traditions and Sephardic culture with them and early American Jewish worship was characterized by Sephardic melodies and liturgy.

       

      German Jews began to immigrate to America in the mid-1800s. Some synagogues incorporated the new German customs, including those of the German-based Reform denomination, into their services. By the late 1800s a great immigration that would eventually encompass over 2 million Eastern European Jews was underway -- this wave laid the groundwork for an American Jewish community that, until today, is mostly Ashkanazic. The Milken Archives has created recordings that trace each of these groups through their prayers, especially Ashkanazi cantorial music. As a researcher who is interested in American Jewish history, I found numerous helpful resources and materials available at the Archives. The Archives also offer these resources online.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

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  • Chillin' on the ride Chillin' on the ride

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      Reggie, being cool in his carrier on the ride from North Carolina to Arizona.  He was such a good travel buddy!

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  • Beach sunrise Beach sunrise

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      Sunrise over the beach at Wild Dunes, SC.  Just north of Charleston.  Really awesome being out there, empty beach, just the ocean waves, sun, clouds, sand.  

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  • Sunrise on the beach Sunrise on the beach

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      Empty beach, sunrise, ocean waves, sand = glorious!  Photo taken on the beach at Wild Dunes, SC, just north of Charleston, SC.  

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  • America's Beaches America's Beaches

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      Portsmouth Island, Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina    It's a little difficult to get to but worth the effort for privacy and pristine stretches of ocean beaches!

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  • Biltmore Estate gargoyle Biltmore Estate gargoyle

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      The Biltmore Estate is the largest private home in America is surrounded by some 8000 acres including gardens, a working farm, and a winery. The house contains some 250 rooms and is over 135,000 feet. Just outside of Asheville, NC, it is well worth a visit.

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  • Biltmore Estate gardens Biltmore Estate gardens

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      The Biltmore Estate is the largest private home in America is surrounded by some 8000 acres including gardens, a working farm, and a winery. The house contains some 250 rooms and is over 135,000 feet. Just outside of Asheville, NC, it is well worth a visit.

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  • Biltmore Estate Biltmore Estate

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      The Biltmore Estate is the largest private home in America is surrounded by some 8000 acres including gardens, a working farm, and a winery. The house contains some 250 rooms and is over 135,000 feet. Just outside of Asheville, NC, it is well worth a visit.

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  • Biltmore Estate gardens Biltmore Estate gardens

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      The Biltmore Estate is the largest private home in America is surrounded by some 8000 acres including gardens, a working farm, and a winery. The house contains some 250 rooms and is over 135,000 feet. Just outside of Asheville, NC, it is well worth a visit.

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  • Blitmore Estate gardens Blitmore Estate gardens

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      The Biltmore Estate is the largest private home in America is surrounded by some 8000 acres including gardens, a working farm, and a winery. The house contains some 250 rooms and is over 135,000 feet. Just outside of Asheville, NC, it is well worth a visit.

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  • Biltmore Estate from shrub gar Biltmore Estate from shrub garden

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      The Biltmore Estate is the largest private home in America is surrounded by some 8000 acres including gardens, a working farm, and a winery. The house contains some 250 rooms and is over 135,000 feet. Just outside of Asheville, NC, it is well worth a visit.

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  • Christmas in the Snow Christmas in the Snow

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      An unusually early snowfall for North Carolna lead to capturing this photo late at night with the Christmas lights twinkling in the snow.

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  • Christmas in the Town Square Christmas in the Town Square

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      An unusually early snowfall for Lewisville, NC lead to these late night snow pictures.

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  • Frozen Falls Frozen Falls

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      Crabtree Falls, N.C.. Opened the shutter enough to look like ice.

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  • Blue Ridge Sunset Blue Ridge Sunset

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      From 6684 feet.

      Raw+Plus JPEG straight off the camera. No cropping or altering

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  • Nature's Armor Nature's Armor

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      Gator at the North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro, N.C..

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  • Rafting the New River: Fun, Fe Rafting the New River: Fun, Fear, and Giggles

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      First the facts and then the fun. (Although learning is fun, yes I know.)

      The New River has various stories for why it’s so named, none of them satisfactory in my opinion. It actually flows Northeast (NE) and some folks think people started calling it “new” from reading the direction symbol on the map. Now, you might be thinking, a river flows north? It starts in the mountains of North Carolina and does flow north through West Virginia, where I encountered it. It’s also considered one of the oldest rivers in the world, perhaps second to the Nile.

      The river drops 750 feet in 50 miles, vs. the Mississippi which drops 1,428 feet in 2,300 miles. Translation: A LOT of rapids, with major drops at each. Translation: a lot of fun, a bit of fear, and serious skill on the part of our river guide.

      The New River is the most advanced river I’ve done. With Class III and IV rapids, we navigated immense boulders and powerful eddies (currents opposite to the river’s current). For context, Class V is the highest you can take people for recreation; beyond that you’re professional. At times the raft felt like it was vertical, but surely it wasn’t. We surfed in the river, with currents actually creating waves!

      The New River is also the only one where I didn’t fall out of the raft–in fact no one did. I asked a guide-in-training on our trip what was different about prior rivers that we fell in. She said it wasn’t the river, but our guide. TJ at River Expeditions is spectacular! He kept us safe and taught us about mining along the New River Gorge. He’s the kind of person who makes the difference between a fun trip one that’s truly phenomenal.

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  • Driving the Blue Ridge Parkway Driving the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina

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      A few more from my fall color portfolio...my favorite time of the year!

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