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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.

 

Camino Real Productions Presents  

26 Miles @ National Hispanic Cultural Center @ Fri 07 Nov thru Sun 23 Nov 2014

followed by two additional weekends of performances in Santa Fe at Teatro Paraguas  

26 Miles

What It Is: Camino Real Productions, LLC and Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center are honored to present this captivating play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes.

Beatriz and Olivia are another pair of seekers seduced by the prospect of a getaway. Their midnight departure may start out as a desperate move by Beatriz to remove Olivia, her 15-year-old-daughter, from the care of her conflicted father and his indifferent new wife. It may give Beatriz a break from her philandering husband, Manuel. 

By the end of the charming, spunky and ultimately heart-rending play, however, the car trip from Paoli, PA, to Yellowstone Park is transformative and restorative for both mother and daughter.

Hudes was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to a Jewish father and a Puerto Rican mother. They raised her in West Philadelphia, where she began composing music and writing.

She also studied at the Mary Louise Curtis Branch of Settlement Music School, taking piano lessons with Dolly Krasnopolsky. 

She has stated that although she is of "Puerto Rican and Jewish blood", she was "raised by two Puerto Rican parents". Her step-father was a Puerto Rican entrepreneur. 

She graduated from Central High School. She studied music composition at Yale University, where she earned her BA, and playwriting at Brown University, earning an MFA.

Click here for tickets 

Camino Real Productions, LLC is an Albuquerque-based theatrical and radio theatre production company founded by Linda López McAlister in 2006.  It is one of the theatre companies in residence at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Hispanic art and culture at the local, state, national, and international levels.  

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Kristallnacht Remembrance

Kristallnacht Remembrance @ Congregation Albert @ Sun 09 November 2014 @ 2:00 pm

Kristallnacht Remembrance

What It Is: The Holocaust and Intolerance Museum of New Mexico invites you to remember Kristallnacht, "The Night of Broken Glass", which took place on November 9 and 10, 1938. 

Lecia Brooks leads the Southern Poverty Law Center’s outreach efforts on key initiatives and social justice issues. As outreach director, she frequently gives presentations around the country to promote tolerance and diversity. She also serves as director of the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, Ala., an interpretive center designed to provide visitors to the Civil Rights Memorial with a deeper understanding of the civil rights movement. She joined the SPLC staff in 2004 as director of Mix It Up at Lunch Day, a Teaching Tolerance program designed to help break down racial, cultural and social barriers in schools. Previously, she worked for 12 years in a number of capacities for the National Conference for Community and Justice in its Los Angeles office. She is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University.

Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival 

New York Triptych: Three Films By or About New Yorkers @ Santa Fe @ Sat-Sun 8-9 November 2014

What It Is: The fifth season of the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival gets underway the weekend of November 8 and 9 with a “New York Triptych”, three films by or about New Yorkers.

Be among the first New Mexicans to see “Regarding Susan Sontag”, a film that won Special Jury Mention at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Come early and enjoy a special Dessert Reception before the film.

Next is one of the most unique juried architectural competitions ever created and the subject of “Sukkah City”. We’ll have an exhibit of drawings of selected submissions. 

Top it all off with a DJ Pizza Party followed by a documentary about one of the best songwriters of early rock and roll, “AKA Doc Pomus”.

Tickets: Click here for tickets. 

BODYTRAFFIC @ Keshet Presents Dance Performance & Workshops 

BODYTRAFFIC @ Keshet Center for the Arts @ Tue 11 November 2014 @ 7:00 pm 

What It Is: Keshet Center for the Arts (KCA) will host BODYTRAFFIC, a nonprofit repertory dance company that lives, breathes, and thrives in Los Angeles.

BODYTRAFFIC will conduct open Countertechnique Master Classes on Tuesday November 11 and Wednesday November 12.

On Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm, BODYTRAFFIC will present a public performance including: And at midnight, the green bride floated through the village square by Barak Marshall; “Untitled, a new work by Victor Quijada; and o2Joy by Richard Siegal, Founder and Artistic Director of The Bakery Paris– Berlin. 

Choreographer Barak Marshall explains, "And at midnight, the green bride floated through the village square... is based in part on a true story about a family of eight sisters and one brother who were neighbors of my mother’s family in Aden, Yemen. The house they lived in became known as “The Burning House” because of the fighting, screaming and cursing that was heard from it at all hours of the day and night. It is a morality tale filled with dark humor that tells the story of how jealousy doomed all  nine of the family’s children to a life filled with rage, unhappiness, and loneliness. The soundtrack is comprised primarily of Jewish love songs and hymns from the Yiddish, Ladino and Yemenite traditions.”

Untitled was commissioned through a National Dance Project production grant. Victor Quijada’s work is known for eloquently re-imagining, de-constructing, applying choreographic principles to hip-hop ideology, and examining humanity through a unique fusion of aesthetics.

An exuberant homage to American jazz standards, set to music by Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Glenn Miller, and The Oscar Peterson Trio, o2Joy is, as its title suggests, an expression of sheer joy through music and movement.

Tickets: $20 General. $15 Students & Seniors. Click here to purchase tickets.  

New Mexico Jewish Historical Society Presents 

New Mexico Jewish Historical Society 2014 Fall Conference @ Albuquerque JCC @ Sat-Sun 15-16 November 2014

NMJHS Fall Conference

What It Is: The New Mexico Jewish Historical Society's annual Fall Conference. 

This year's theme is "The Jews of Albuquerque: Building Businesses and a Community." The conference will feature discussions of merchant families who emigrated to Albuquerque and environs 1930 - 1950.

Keynote speaker, Yiddish scholar and historian Harvey Buchalter investigates “Why Albuquerque?” examining the migration of urban American and European Jews who put down roots in the desert southwest. 

Subsequently, a panel of descendants of these original merchant families will discuss their family businesses and reminisce about growing up in Albuquerque. Another panel of descendants will focus on Jewish Indian arts merchants of the era. Cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and entertainment will follow.

Sunday’s program will include brunch, a film of Jewish merchant settlement in the West, wrap-up discussion and a Downtown walking tour led by author Sharon Niederman. The tour will end at the New Mexico Holocaust and Intolerance Museum with Dr Noel Harvey Pugach’s presentation on Holocaust survivors rescued by New Mexicans. 

Registration: To register, please contact (505) 348-4471.
Until October 10, members $85; non-members $125. After October 10, members $125, non-members $145.
Lodging available at $79 per night at Hilton Garden Inn, 5320 San Antonio Blvd NE; (505) 314-0800.

Global Day of Jewish Learning 

Global Day of Jewish Learning @ Congregation Albert @ Sun 16 November 2014 @ 9:30 am

Global Day of Jewish Learning

What It Is: Congregation Albert School of Jewish Studies will be joining over 500 communities worldwide in 40 countries on 6 continents for the Global Day of Jewish Learning.

Special adult classes will be taught by Rabbi Harry Rosenfeld and Rabbi Min Kantrowitz. This year’s theme is ‘Heroes and Villains, Saints and Fools," and will focus on Abraham and Eve in one class and Bilam and Deborah in another class.

The Global Day of Jewish Learning was founded by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, world-renowned distinguished scholar, teacher, mystic, and social critic. As he explained this year’s theme, Rabbi Steinsaltz said, “The men and women of the Scriptures are more than mere life portraits: they continue to live and function long after their deaths in this world. These are not ordinary historical figures but archetypes; as such, their lives are carried on and continue not only in literature and philosophy but in the lives of their descendants throughout the generations.”

92nd Street Y Live by Satellite  

America and Israel: The Way Forward @ Albuquerque JCC @ Thu 04 December 2014 @ 6:15 pm

What It Is: Join Dalia Rabin, the former Israeli Deputy Minister of Defense and current chairperson of the Yitzhak Rabin Center, and Ambassador Dennis Ross, who played a leading role in shaping US involvement in the Middle East peace process, for an enlightening discussion on the future of Israel.

Dalia Rabin is the Chair of the Yitzhak Rabin Center, the national institute dedicated to ensuring the legacy of the late Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Yitzhak Rabin.

Ambassador Dennis Ross is counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Prior to returning to the Institute in 2011, Ambassador Ross played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process and dealing directly with the parties in negotiations. A highly skilled diplomat, Ambassador Ross was U.S. point man on the peace process in both the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. He was instrumental in assisting Israelis and Palestinians to reach the 1995 Interim Agreement.

Ethan Bronner is the deputy national editor of The New York Times and the paper’s former Jerusalem bureau chief.

Tickets: $8 Advance Purchase (click here). $10 At the Door.

Nutcracker On The Rocks!   

Shira Greenberg's NOTR @ National Hispanic Cultural Center @ Fri 05 through Sun 07 December 2014 

Nutcracker On The Rocks

What It Is: In Keshet Dance Company’s 18th Annual Nutcracker on the Rocks, traditional meets contemporary for an exciting and magical holiday event.

Opening with the traditional Tchaikovsky Overture and closing with his dramatic Pas de Deux, the classic tale is re-imagined with a production filled with rock and roll hits by Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin and many more.  Modern dance styles infused with Swing, African, and Hip Hop propel the dancers as they amp up the energy and excitement. 

And of course, no modern retelling of the Nutcracker can be complete without the thrill of a roaring Harley Davidson rolling onto the stage during the opening act.  

Tickets: Click here for tickets. 

Benefit for Albuquerque JCC & Jewish Federation of New Mexico

An Evening with Kinky Friedman @ Albuquerque JCC  @ Sat 06 December 2014 @ 7:30 pm

Kinky Friedman

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Legendary humorist, writer, and musician Kinky Freidman will deliver an evening of song, social commentary, and irreverence at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque on Saturday December 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm.    

All proceeds from this event will benefit the JCC's Jewish Arts and Culture program and the Jewish Federation's 2015 Annual Campaign.

Described as a cross between Mark Twain, Groucho Marx, and Johnny Cash, in the early 1970's Friedman achieved international notoriety with his band, Kinky Friedman & the Texas Jewboys, which resulted in an invitation to the Grand Ole Opry.  

Meanwhile, his songs  "Ride 'em Jewboy"; "They Ain't Making Jews like Jesus Anymore"; "Shield Of Abraham"; and "Something's Wrong With The Beaver" and his now-classic albums - Sold American, Lasso from El Paso, and Old Testaments & New Revelations - mixed biting satire with knowing empathy on such issues as the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, and the other side of the American dream. In 1999, Willie Nelson, Tom Waits, and Lyle Lovett covered his music for  the tribute album Pearls in the Snow: The Songs of Kinky Friedman

As an author, Friedman has written for Rolling Stone and Texas Monthly magazines and, most famously, has become a writer of unique and outrageous mystery novels such as Greenwich Killing Time, A Case of Lone Star, and The Mile High Club, which feature a Jewish country singer turned private eye named Kinky Friedman. 

This event will also include a live auction of Kinky Friedman memorabilia. For more information call (505) 821-3214. 

Albuquerque JCC 2014 Chanukah Fest 

Chanukah Fest @ Embassy Suites @ Sun 14 December 2014 @ 12:00 Noon ~ 4:00 pm

JCC Chanukah Fest

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