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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.

 

Adobe Theater Presents    

DeliKatessen @ Adobe Theater @ Fri 03 April thru Sun 26 April 2015

What It Is: The Adobe Theater is proud to present DelikateSSen by local author Richard Atkins. The World Premiere of this powerful and moving story opens on April 3rd.

DelikateSSen chronicles the story of two brothers (performed by Richard Atkins and Scott Claunch), orphaned in The Holocaust, who own a struggling Jewish delicatessen in New York City, circa 1972. Their livelihood is threatened by the by a new, larger, German deli preparing to open across the street. 

The play follows the intense friction between the Jewish and German factions, and how that struggle profoundly affects the current and next generations of everyone in the story.

DelikateSSen was one of six finalists from over four hundred scripts submitted to the prestigious Abingdon Theatre in New York City for the Christopher Brian Wolk playwriting award. The Pay What You Will performance on Thursday, April 16th coincides with Holocaust Remembrance Day.

DelikateSSen opens at The Adobe Theater on Friday, April 3rd and runs 4 weekends through Sunday, April 26th.  Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm with a special ‘Pay What You Will’ performance (to benefit the cast and crew) on Thursday, April 16th, at 7.30 pm. 

Tickets: $17 General. $15 Seniors & Students. Reservations (505) 898-9222 or online at www.adobetheater.org.

Congregation Albert Adult Education

Mary Carter @ Congregation Albert @ Tue 07 April 2015 @ 6:00 pm  

What It Is: A Non-Swimmer Considers Her Mikvah: Author Mary E. Carter became Jewish after age fifty. This is her story.

It’s a story about creating a new life and making changes as an older adult. More than a how-to book, Carter takes the reader through her process of self-reflection and growth and provides insights into her family and cultural influences. She discusses: finding rabbis, attending classes, studying, making a Hebrew name, and the commitment at the Mikvah. 

This is a book for anyone thinking about becoming Jewish as an adult. It is also a book for anyone considering any form of major change after age fifty. Mary Carter demonstrates that it is possible for an older person to continue growing and changing later in life. This is not to say that everyone can or will, but certainly, anyone can try. L’Chaim!

Sunday Afternoon Jewish Interest Series   

 Alan Dershowitz, Deborah Lipstadt & Jeff Greenfield (Recorded) @ Albuquerque JCC @ Sun 12 April 2015 @ 2:00 pm 

Dershowitz Lipstadt

What It Is: The Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque introduces its new Sunday Afternoon Jewish Interest Series.

The program is The State of World Jewry: Alan Dershowitz and Deborah Lipstadt with Jeff Greenfield (Recorded: 92nd Y Fall 2014).

As conflicts in Israel and other areas of the world persist, new waves of anti-semitism are being reported.

What are the challenges and threats facing the Jewish people today? In the US, Europe, Israel, and elsewhere? Will anti-semitism ever be eradicated? Join outspoken law professor Alan Dershowitz and renowned historian Deborah Lipstadt as they discuss and debate many facets of this timely and important issue with broadcast journalist, Jeff Greenfield moderating.

Registration: There is NO charge for this series.  We ask that you bring non-perishable food items to donate to the food bank and/or diapers of any size from infant to adult to donate to the Diaper Bank of NM. 

RSVPs appreciated to provide ample seating: www.jccabq.org; or call Phyllis Wolf 348-4500 or Sarah Friedland at 348-4518. 

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. 

AIPAC New Mexico Annual Event 2015 

New Mexico Annual Event 2015 @ Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown @ Sun 19 April 2015 @ 11:00 am 

What It Is: The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) cordially invites you to the New Mexico Annual Event 2015, Celebrating Israel: 67 Years of Independence. 

The event will feature Reverend Dr DeeDee Coleman, Pastor, Russell Street Missionary Baptist Church and AIPAC National Council Member. The event will honor Robert Efroymson, Outgoing AIPAC New Mexico Chair.

RSVP: Attendees MUST RSVP to www.aipac.org/NewMexico2015.

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

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.

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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