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.
Jewish - Christian Dialogue
Interfaith Spring Colloquium @ Congregation B'nai Israel @ Tue 11 March 2014 @ 7:45 am
What It Is: Jewish Christian Dialogue of New Mexico presents its 21st Annual Interfaith Spring Colloquium.
This year, the topic will be Food for Thought: Healing Mind, Body, Spirit, and World.
Speakers will include
The moderator will be Kathy Freeze, Community Outreach Liaison for Catholic Charities, and there will be a special presentation by Carlos Navarro, Grassroots Anti-Hunger Advocate and Journalist.
Albuquerque 2014 Jewish Film Fest
Albuquerque 2014 Jewish Film Fest @ Albuquerque JCC
Sun 09 March 2014 @ 1:00 pm @ African American PAC~ The Gatekeepers (2012)
Academy Award Nominee Best Documentary, 2012. This Israeli film provides an unprecedented look inside Israel's Secret Service, featuring interviews with 6 former head of the Shin Bet. Shin Bet has dealt with conflict amid the quest for peace for nearly 50 years. For the first time, these men discuss the challenging truths and consequences of their counterterrorism mission. 101 minutes
Sun 09 March 2014 @ 3:00 pm @ African American PAC~ Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story (2010)
This acclaimed US documentary is narrated by actor Dustin Hoffman and highlights the contributions of Jewish Americans to the most American sport of them all: baseball. Enjoy a rare interview with legendary pitcher Sandy Koufax and commentary from Larry King, Ron Howard, Al Rosen, Shawn Green. 91 minutes.
Tue 11 March 2014 @ 7:00 pm @ Albuquerque JCC ~ Hava Nagila (2012)
It is instantly recognizable musical shorthand for anything Jewish, a happy party tune that you dance to at weddings, bar mitzvahs and even at Major League Baseball games. It carries with it an entire constellation of history, values and hopes for the future. In its own way, Hava Nagila encapsulates the Jewish journey over the past 150 years. It also reveals the power of one song to express and sustain identity, to transmit lessons across generations and to bridge cultural divides and connect us all. 73 minutes.
Reform and Resistance at the NM Legislature
Dede Feldman & Fred Nathan @ Albuquerque JCC @ Thu 13 March 2014 @ 6:30 pm
Fred Nathan, Executive Director of Think New Mexico, will talk about this exciting results-oriented think tank and its successful campaigns to bring about full-day kindergarten, repeal the food tax (and defeat efforts to re-impose it), and reform the Public Regulation Commission. He will also report on the 2014 legislative session and the outcomes of Think New Mexico’s most recent policy proposals to address the jobs crisis in New Mexico.
Senator DeDe Feldman’s hot-off-the-press book, Inside the New Mexico Senate: Boots, Suits and Citizens, provides a legislative history with a human face. Here maverick leaders, shameless special interests, and earnest advocates clash in the unique arena that is the New Mexico Roundhouse. The New Mexico Senate comes alive, with stories of grit and grace, honor and disgrace. Her expert insights will be invaluable. Her book will be available for purchase and signing.
Demographic Survey of Jewish New Mexico
Town Hall Kick-off Meeting @ Albuquerque JCC @ Thu 20 March 2014 @ 6:00 pm
92nd Street Y Live by Satellite
The Story of the Jews: Simon Schama @ Albuquerque JCC @ Mon 24 March 2014 @ 6:00 pm
You may know some of the history of the Jews, but you haven’t heard it the way Simon Schama tells it – full of rich detail and a keen sense of how people really lived.
Schama’s The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BC-1492 AD (a new book and television series, soon to air on PBS) takes us all over India, Spain, Oxford, Syria, Paris, Cairo and beyond to show how Jews everywhere lived not as a people apart, but as a vital force in any society they joined, inspiring and being inspired by everything around them.
Exploring the Gender Binary in Judaism
Rabbi Deborah Brin & Tammy Kaiser @ Congregation Nahalat Shalom @ Wed 26 March 2014 @ 7:00 pm
What It Is: Congregation Nahalat Shalom presents
Exploring the Gender Binary in Judaism
Using both contemporary and centuries-old texts, Rabbi Deborah Brin and Tammy Kaiser MSJE will facilitate a workshop that promises to both challenge and delight.
The idea of looking at gender beyond male and female is not new to the world or to Judaism. Is it time to rethink our language, our rituals, and our approach? What would that look like? Is it even possible?
This workshop will explore the possibilities as well as the implications of Judaism without gender -- and the gendered Judaism familiar to most.
This FREE program is open to those who identify as Jewish, individuals who aren’t Jewish and anyone in the community interested in an honest, respectful exploration of gender binary in Judaism.
Albuquerque Community Women's Passover Seder
Women's Seder @ Congregation Albert @ Thu 03 April 2014 @ 6:00 pm
Reservations: $25 Women / $20 Girls & Students
Please send your reservation and check to: Women’s Seder
c/o Evie Zlotkin, 4209 San Pedro Dr, Apt 285, Albuquerque, NM 87109
What It Is: The Albuquerque Community Women’s Passover Seder - by women, for women.
The Seder will feature prayers for the holiday from an original Haggadah that was compiled by women, plus singing, dancing and enjoying a holiday meal with friends.
The Seder is a collaboration among Congregation Albert Sisterhood, Congregation B’nai Israel Sisterhood, Hadassah of Greater Albuquerque, the D’Vorah Project, Jewish Federation of New Mexico; plus women From Congregation Nahalat Shalom and Chavurat Hamidbar, women clergy, and non-affiliated women.
Albuquerque JCC & Gaon Books Present
Gloria Abella Ballen @ Albuquerque JCC @ Sun 13 April 2014 @ 2:00 pm
Gloria Abella Ballen has published a new book, The Power of the Hebrew Alphabet. She has fused mysticism, art, Jewish spiritual traditions, and leads the viewer through the labyrinth of the twenty-two letters that changed the world.
These letters carry the lives of Abraham and Moses and the teachings of the Ten Commandments. The history of David and his songs came to us on the wings of these twenty-two letters, as did the wisdom and poetry of Solomon. The meditative images of Abella Ballen spread across pages in full color with religious truths drawn from the well of Jewish traditions.
Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day
Ani Ma'amin @ Keshet Center for the Arts @ Sat 26 April & Sun 27 April 2014
Click here for tickets
What It Is: Ani Ma’amin (Hebrew for “I Believe”) is a powerful and thought-provoking modern dance piece exploring the impact of the Holocaust on American Jews.
Choreographed by Shira Greenberg, the 85-minute piece runs with no intermission.
Five dancers recreate the experiences and themes expressed by multiple generations, beginning pre-war and culminating at the present-day.
Dynamic and emotional movement is threaded together with poetry and video testimonies from Holocaust survivors and children of survivors, with footage compiled from the University of Southern California’s Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.
Jewish Academy of Arts & Sciences Fundraiser
Israel Independence Day Celebration
יום העצמאות @ Albuquerque JCC @ Tue 06 May 2014 @ 5:30 pm
What It Is: Join a community-wide Yom Ha'atzmaut event!
Celebrate Israel Independence Day featuring a dance performance titled "Gesher III" by Keshet Dance Company.
The Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin
Verdi's Requiem @ Popejoy Hall @ Thu 08 May 2014 @ 7:30 pm
What It Is: Defiant Requiem is a feature-length documentary film which illuminates the extraordinary, untold story of the brave acts of resistance by the Jewish prisoners at Terezín during World War II.
Maestro Murry Sidlin will lead the University of New Mexico Concert Choir, University Chorus, and UNM Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the full concert-drama Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín, at Popejoy Hall on May 8, 2014.
Albuquerque Film & Media Experience Presents
Films of Jewish Interest & More @ Various Albuquerque Venues @ Mon June 2 through Sun June 8 2014
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