Friday, September 16, 2005

1. Before I Go

Everyone says that since I am going to Deering, Alaska to teach, I should keep a blog. So this is it.

I tried to get candle lighting times for Deering, but it is too far north, and the program crashed. It is about 20 miles south of the arctic circle, so theoretically the sun rises and sets every day. I will contact the rabbi of the Chabad in Anchorage to ask.

Can you post a map so we can see where you are?
From the end of that article...

Once one has determined halachic times for areas above the Arctic Circle, one must locate kosher food. The Star-K has discovered that kosher food is available in the most remote geographic places. One can find kosher certified products near the beginning of the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline at the Prudhoe Bay General Store. The Food Services Supervisor at the U.S. South Pole Observatory informed us that Star-K certified products have reached the South Pole! A physicist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Barrow, Alaska reports that many kosher products are available there. Furthermore, twenty years ago, the Jewish station-head gathered nine other Jewish men to form a minyan. We hope these guidelines will serve a useful purpose for future Barrow and other Arctic minyanim!
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