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.
Sephardic Sounds: Music from Morocco and Beyond
Vanessa Paloma @ New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe @ Fri 01 August 2014 @ 6:00 pm
Biblical and Talmudic Botany Walking Tours
Torah Flora @ ABQ BioPark Botanical Garden @ Mon 04 August 2014 @ 10:30 am
Torah Flora @ Santa Fe BioPark Botanical Garden @ Tue 05 August 2014 Tisha b'Av @ 10:30 am
What It Is: Biblical and Talmudic botanist Dr. Jon Greenberg will present his unique blend of science and Torah in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, Aug. 4 and 5, 2014. Here you will learn about:
- Lilies you have eaten, from Egyptian god and Israelite gourmet export to kabalistic symbol and your bagel topping
- Why do most English Bibles say that Noah built his ark out of “gopher wood” if there is no gopher tree?
- Juniper and saltcedar: Keys to Jeremiah’s theology
- The drug that Jacob may have sent to his son Joseph in Egypt
- How Miriam made the apple tree a symbol of religious faith
- Two American plants that are essential to Israeli identity, and one that’s really an impostor
Jon Greenberg earned his PhD in agronomy at Cornell University, studied at Yeshivat HaMivtar in Jerusalem, and conducted research at the US Department of Agriculture and University of Pennsylvania.
Congregation Nahalat Shalom Fundraiser
Songs of Love and Social Consciousness @ Congregation Nahalat Shalom @ Sat 09 August 2014 @ 7:30 pm
What It Is: An evening of Yiddish, Ladino & American songs of Love & Social Consciousness, performed by Helene Williams and Leonard Lehrman.
Soprano Helene Williams and composer / conductor / pianist / cabaretist Leonard Lehrman have been concertizing as a duo since 1987. This is their 574th performance together and their first in the Southwest.
Helene is the co-founder of the Bronx Opera Company, and has been called "a splendid talent with distinctive allure," recalling Imogene Coca, Julie Andrews and Martha Schlamme.
Leonard was the first Jewish conductor of the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” in Berlin, and founded the Jewish Music Theater in that city as well as the Metropolitan Philharmonic Chorus, which he still conducts in the New York area.
Lehrman and Williams have performed all across the U.S., Canada, Israel, Australia and seven European tours. They presented the first Yiddish song concert ever in Bayreuth, Germany (under the auspices of the Wagner Festival), and were invited back to do a classical music recital where they performed settings of poet Heinrich Heine in six languages — English, French, German, Russian, Italian and Hebrew.
Tickets: $10 at the door (cash or check only). Online though August 7 at nahalatshalom.org.
There Is No Why Here
Holocaust Photographs of Karl Koenig @ Albuquerque Photographers' Gallery @ Sat 16 August through Tue 30 September 2014
What It Is: The first New Mexico exhibit of the Holocaust photographs of Karl Koenig, author of Fragments: Architecture of the Holocaust, An Artist's Journey Through the Camps.
When Italian chemist Primo Levi arrived at Auschwitz, after a winter train ride jammed into unheated box cars with 650 other Jews, he was thirsty. Hanging from the eave of a building were icicles. Levi asked a guard if he could have one. The guard said, “No”. Levi asked why. The guard responded, “There is no why here.”
Art often doesn't need a name or a word to explain something.
Seventy years later there is still no “why” in the remains of the Nazi extermination camps.
Artist Karl Koenig's photographs stand as haunting, evocative portrayals of the senseless evil.
Over a span of ten years, from 1994-2004, he photographed what was left of the camps and turned those photographs into unique art works that give viewers a glimpse, a fragment, of what the camps were.
Koenig was a New Mexico artist of international renown. That fame rested, in large part, on the decade of work he spent photographing the remnants of ten Nazi death camps. He was haunted by the questions raised by the Holocaust and sought answers through his art.
Beginning with straight photographs, Koenig developed them into majestic, harrowing works of art using a unique printing process he invented and perfected. The end result was a transformational body of art that explores the pure evil of the camps.
The resulting gumoil prints, each of which took several weeks to produce, are powerful photographs of the remains of Holocaust concentration camps.
His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums all over the world, but never before in his native New Mexico. Now his photographs are coming home.
You can see them for yourself at the Albuquerque Photographers' Gallery from August 16 through September 30.
Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque
New Mexico Humanitarian Awards Dinner 2014 @ Thu 21 August 2014 @ 6:00 pm
What It Is: Dreamstyle Remodeling's ’s New Mexico Humanitarian Awards Dinner 2014, benefiting children's scholarships, programs, and services at the Albuquerque JCC.
Congregation Nahalat Shalom Presents
Pre-High Holy Days Elul Retreat @ Norbertine Center @ Sat 06 September 2014
Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival
The Sturgeon Queens @ CCA Santa Fe @ Sun 07 September 2014 @ 11:00 am
What It Is: The third and never-say-final film in the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival's Summer Films series .
100-year-old Hattie Russ Gold and her sister 92-year-old Anne Russ Federman have life stories that hit all the key notes of the New York Jewish immigrant experience, including a little “tsuris”. They are the two surviving daughters from the famed lox and herring emporium Russ & Daughters on the Lower East Side.
The Sturgeon Queens, winner of the Audience Choice Awards at the San Diego and Palm Beach Jewish Film Festivals, is their family’s story. With customers like Morley Safer, Calvin Trillin and Mario Batali, it’s no wonder Russ & Daughters is still going strong 100 years later.
Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA)
Gaon Books' Writers Workshop
Workshop on Narrative Writing @ Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Taos @ Mon-Thu 27-30 October 2014
What It Is: Be inspired to be your best by an Award Winning Workshop Team in this Historic House that has inspired writers from D.H. Lawrence to Willa Cather, Carl Jung, and Margaret Sanger among others and artists from Georgia O'Keefe to Ansel Adams, Martha Graham and Dennis Hopper. It is an American treasure with an important role in American writing and the arts.
Telling Your Story. How do you effectively narrate the story you have to tell? You might be writing fiction, historical fiction, memoir, family history, or narrative non-fiction, and we will guide you to the best writing practices on how to narrate your story and engage the reader to stay with you until you complete it.
We will read the best narratives in various styles of contemporary literature and see what makes them work. You will come away a better writer and narrator.
The Workshop. The Workshop includes daily writing workshop sessions, workshop materials, individual coaching on your manuscript, and time to socialize with other authors and reflect/work on your writing project. When you register, we will send an initial set of materials, and we will give you the final workshop materials in Taos.
This workshop/retreat will include time for writing, reading work, and book discussions. Unstructured time will be available for individual writing and reading, rest, and a chance to explore Taos.
This workshop will be an inspiring combination of creativity and writing skills mixed with the beauty of the Rockies in October. You will make friends and contacts in the world of writing who will be a part of your future.
This is a workshop/retreat, and you will have time for work and retreat fun. We will review manuscripts and recommend venues to pursue for publication.
As you register, we request that you send your name and contact information to Gaon Books, plus a statement of where you are in the writing process and what you would like to achieve in the workshop.
New Mexico Jewish Historical Society Presents
New Mexico Jewish Historical Society 2014 Fall Conference @ Albuquerque JCC @ Sat-Sun 15-16 November 2014
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