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There's a lot of Jewish things happening in Albuquerque and beyond, a lot of things to plan for, a lot of things not to miss.


Rumelia Presents 

Sephardic Music from Turkey and Greece
                               @ San Miguel Chapel, Santa Fe 
@ Sat 18 April 2015 @  8:00 pm

What It Is: Rumelia will perform a concert of Sephardic music from Turkey and Greece at the historic San Miguel Chapel, the second of three performances in their 2014-2015 concert series in the venerated space. 

Rumelia is currently recording an album in the San Miguel Chapel, and much of the repertoire that will be performed on April 18th will be featured in Rumelia’s forthcoming album. Rumelia is the first group to record an album in the San Miguel Chapel, which is the oldest church in the United States. 

Rumelia is a Santa Fe-based group of four women (Nicolle Jensen, Deborah Ungar, Sitara Schauer, and Alysha Shaw) who play traditional and contemporary music from the Balkans and Eastern Europe.  

Tickets: Please email rumelia.music@gmail.com or call (505) 501-8106. 

Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival    

Above and Beyond @ CCA Santa Fe @ Sun 19 April 2015 @ 4:00 pm

The Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival's Spring 2015 season continues with Above and Beyond, the story of a group of Jewish American pilots who answered a call for help in 1948. 

In secret and at great personal risk, they smuggled planes out of the U.S., trained behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia and flew for Israel in its War of Independence. Above and Beyond is their tale.

Above and Beyond premiered at this season’s Jerusalem International Film Festival and has gone on to win numerous Audience Awards. 

Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA)       1050 Old Pecos Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87505    (505) 982-1338

Albuquerque JCC Presents

Bev Rogoff & Patty Stephens @ Albuquerque JCC @ Sat 25 April 2015 @ 7:30 pm

Wright's Indian Art

What It Is: Join Bev Rogoff and Patty Stephens in a light-hearted evening filled with reflections from Bev on her treasured life. Delightfully comical and equally musical, Bev Rogoff is an excellent entertainer. She is joined by Patty Stephens, producer of Bev’s hot-off-the-press CD, “Treasures”, and a recognized major local jazz vocal talent. Stephens will be singing duets with Bev and doing her own brand of stand-up comedy and jazz singing.

An all-star jazz band completes the package with Sid Fendley on keys, Micky Patten on bass, and John Bartlit on drums. Elixir Boutique Chocolates will be on hand to sell their delicious hand-made chocolate treats. Wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks will also be available. CDs will be available for purchase at the event for $15.

Tickets: $20 Public Advance. $18 JCC / NM Jazz Workshop Members Advance. $25 Door. www.jccabq.org or (505) 348-4500.

Temple Beth-El Presents 

Jewish Food & Folk Festival @ Temple Beth-El, Las Cruces @ Sun 26 April @ 11:00 am

What It Is: The smells of hot pastrami, matzo ball soup, baked challahs, and delectable Jewish desserts wafting from this year’s Jewish Food and Folk Festival at Temple Beth-El will once again make guests feel like they are not in Las Cruces, but a New York deli.

Admission to the festival is $3, kids under 12 are free, and food will be sold at the event. More information may be found at LCJewishFestival.weebly.com

Available for purchase at the festival will be exceptional pastrami sandwiches on rye, knishes, kosher hot dogs, challah, falafel, matzo ball soup, bagels with whitefish salad, Israeli salad, kugel, honey cake, hamentaschen cookies, and many more delicacies. 

Also at the festival will be a kids’ area with a variety of games and crafts. People can watch and join performances by the Mesilla Valley International Folk Dancers, listen to live music, make bids on silent auction items, and spin a giant bagel for a chance to win a prize!

This year’s folk festival promises to provide delicious food, fun, and an enjoyable time for everyone!  For information contact Aggie Saltman at (575) 649-4356 or lcjewishfestival@gmail.com

Congregation Albert Presents

Andrée Aelion Brooks @ Congregation Albert @ Sat 2 May @ 3:30 pm 

What It Is: Author Andrée Aelion Brooks will speak about Doña Gracia and her contributions to Jewish history. The event is free. 
A Havdalah service will follow the presentation. Ms Brooks’ biography of Doña Gracia Nasi, The Woman Who Defied Kings, is currently in pre-production for a TV mini-series.  

Yachad New Mexico Presents 

Yom Limmud @ Santa Fe Community College  @ Sun 3 May @ 1:00 pm

What It Is: The Jewish communities of Northern New Mexico gather at Santa Fe Community College for Yom Limmud: A Day of Jewish Learning, Arts and Culture.

Modeled after similar events around the country, this celebration will begin with a keynote by visiting scholar Dr. Andree Aelion Brooks, speaking on "Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean." 

Dr. Brooks is a journalist, author, lecturer and former columnist for the New York Times. An Associate Fellow at Yale University, Dr. Brooks specializes in Jewish history. Her books include a biography of Dona Gracia Nasi, The Woman Who Defied Kings (currently in pre-production for a TV mini-series), Maimonides: Man vs. Myth, The Ancient Roots of Cultural Judaism, and Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean.

Following the keynote, attendees may choose two workshops from the sessions listed below. The afternoon will include light refreshments and time to schmooze.

  • The Silver Lining: Contemporary Judaica, from Revolution to Today (Jim Cohen)
  • Was She or Wasn't She? Dona Teresa versus the Inquisition (Victoria Erhart)
  • The Pew Foundation's Portrait of Jewish Americans (Dr. Bette Novit Evans)
  • Ruth: Royalty and Loyalty (Naomi Israel)
  • Moon Landing and the Holocaust: The Lost Letters Connection (Melinda Hess)
  • Timeless Inspiration, Guidance and Strength from the Women of the Bible (Sara Novenson)
  • Legendary Klezmorim (Steven Ovitsky)
  • Poetry of the Daughter of New Mexico Conversos (Isabelle Sandoval)

Come one, come all for a special Jewish afternoon in northern New Mexico! Yom Limmud is sponsored by the Gaon Institute for Tolerance Studies, with partial support from the Jewish Federation of New Mexico. 

Tickets & Information: Tickets for the program are $12 in advance or $18 at the door. Click here to purchase. Early registration closes April 26. For more information, email yomlimmud2015@gmail.com.

J Street and Congregation B'nai Israel Present  

Amos Buhai @ Congregation B'nai Israel @ Mon 4 May @ 7:00 pm

What It Is: Amos Buhai, Southwest Regional Director of J Street, will speak at Congregation B'nai Israel on the topic "Challenges and Opportunities for Pro-Israel Advocacy Today."

Amos Buhai has a strong and varied background in the political, public and private sectors. 

He has served as a field organizer for John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign in Wisconsin, worked as a Field/GOTV Director and Legislative Director for New York City Council Member Jessica Lappin, and he managed Steve Warnstadt’s successful 2006 campaign for the Iowa State Senate. 

He honed his fundraising and communication skills during Obama’s primary campaign for president, serving as a high-donor fundraiser and the New York State Director for DraftObama, a grassroots organization promoting an Obama presidential candidacy. 

Amos was the Director of Business Development for the LA-based start up Saysme.tv, which created an online platform for self-serve TV ad placements. 

He most recently worked as a consultant for the Personal Democracy Forum, an organization that studies how technology is changing politics, government, and civic engagement. He holds a BA in History from The George Washington University, and is a fifth-generation Los Angeles native and a staunch supporter of the LA Clippers.

Hadassah and Albuquerque JCC Present

Laura Green @ Albuquerque JCC @ Sun 17 May @ 9:30 am

What It Is: Hadassah of Greater Albuquerque, in collaboration with the Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque, is excited to host Laura Green, the Zionist Affairs Activity Chair for the Desert Mountain Region of Hadassah for a presentation on her perspective on the fast-moving events happening in Israel. She will discuss:

  • The internal political climate, having just completed their elections
  • The geo-political climate; relations and threats from their neighbors       
  • The continuing issue of strained relations between Israel and the United States; and what the future holds

Ms Green is not only herself a life member of Hadassah – but is part of a family of four generations of lifetime members. She has served on the Hadassah Board of the Desert Mountain Region for three terms as Zionist Affairs Activity Chair.

Devoted to Israel’s survival and triumph as a state, Green began lecturing about Israel during the second intifada. She has addressed both Christian and Jewish groups, and has been an educational advocate, teaching how to advocate for Israel’s right to exist.

Green’s multiple trips to Israel, both personal and professional, have included leading tours of different faiths, and in celebration of her daughter’s Bat Mitzvah.

Tickets: $10 Before May 10. $12 Thereafter. www.jccabq.org or (505) 348-4500.

Albuquerque Film & Music Experience and Albuquerque JCC Present

Albuquerque Jewish Film Fest @ Various Albuquerque Venues @ June 2015

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