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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.


 Purim 2015

Purim @ Chabad NM

Congregation B'nai Israel of Albuquerque

Purim 2015
Purim in Las Vegas
Purim 2015

Jewish - Christian Dialogue  

Interfaith Spring Colloquium @ Congregation B'nai Israel @ Sun 8 March 2015 @ 1:00 pm

Jewish-Christian Dialogue

What It Is: Jewish Christian Dialogue of New Mexico presents its 22nd Annual Interfaith Spring Colloquium.

This year, the topic will be God and the World: Are We in Conflict?

The presenters are Rabbi Jack Shlachter and Sister Joan Brown, osf. Rabbi Shlachter serves as a rabbi at HaMakom, The Place for Passionate and Progressive Judaism in Santa Fe, and is also a physicist working at Los Alamos National Laboratories. Joan Brown is a Catholic Franciscan sister who serves as the Executive Director of New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light, an organization that works with all faith communities to address climate change and sustainability.

Topics to be considered include:

  • What do our faith traditions tell us about caring for the Earth and the environment?
  • How do we interpret this passage from Genesis 1:28 today?  "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it."
  • As individuals, what roles do love and moral values play in better living in harmony with our world and fellow human beings?
  • What do our Scriptures have to say to us about the advancement of technologies, the protection of the environment and the treatment of our fellow human beings?

Registration: The registration fee for the Colloquium of $30 includes snacks and high tea. Students can attend for $15. To make reservations, call Pam Fraser-Walters at 505-291-8115 by February 23, or register online with a credit card at GailRubin.com.

New Mexico Jewish Historical Society Presents  

Hannah Nordhaus @ Bookworks @ Thu 12 March 2015 @ 7:00 pm

What It Is: The New Mexico Jewish Historical Society (NMJHS) presents Hannah Nordhaus, author of American Ghost, in conversation with Sharon Niederman.

Hannah Nordhaus, the award-winning journalist and author of The Beekeeper's Lament attempts to uncover the truth about her great-great-grandmother, Julia - whose ghost is said to haunt an elegant hotel in Santa Fe - in this spellbinding exploration of myth, family history, and the American West.

The book is about Ms Norhaus's family in New Mexico — the Staabs, whose home is now the La Posada Hotel in Santa Fe, and the Nordhaus family (her grandfather Robert Nordhaus built the Sandia Peak tramway). 

American Ghost is a story of pioneer women and immigrants, ghost hunters and psychics, frontier fortitude and mental illness, imagination and lore. As she traces the strands of Julia's life, Nordhaus uncovers a larger tale of how a true-life story becomes a ghost story--and how difficult it can sometimes be to separate history and myth.

Award-winning journalist Hannah Nordhaus has written for the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, the Village Voice, Outside magazine, and other publications. She lives with her family in Boulder, Colorado.

Pizmon A Capella Comes to Albuquerque! 

Pizmon @ Congregation B'nai Israel @ Fri 13 March through Sat 14 March

What It Is: Pizmon is the co-ed Jewish a cappella group from Columbia, Barnard, and the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Pizmon shares their passion for Jewish music and culture by engaging with communities across the globe. Their repertoire includes a variety of different genres, including liturgical pieces, Israeli rock and pop, Yiddish classics, and children's songs.

Congregation Albert Presents 

Laugh with Ziggy @ KiMo Theatre @ Sat 14 March 2015 @ 7:30 pm

What It Is: Michael “Ziggy” Danziger is a hilarious and versatile performer and comedy writer. He has performed in clubs, at colleges, and for organizations all over and his smart comedy is a hit with all audiences. Michael is a past winner of Comedy, Tennessee’s “Funniest Person in Memphis” and he’s the reigning “Funniest Jew in the Deep South.” (Seriously. There was  a contest.) He has taught comedy workshops for several schools and organizations and his original material appears in Alpha Books’ The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Jokes  (Again... seriously). Oh, and he’s going to be a rabbi! Michael is in his 4th year of studies at Hebrew Union College and will be ordained next year.  Rabbi and comedian... what could go wrong?!?

Proceeds benefit Congregation Albert and JCEF Camp Scholarships.

Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival  

A Borrowed Identity @ CCA Santa Fe @ Sun 15 March 2015 @ 4:00 pm

What It Is: The Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival's Spring 2015 season continues with A Borrowed Identity, the story of a young Arab Israeli who straddles two worlds and the journey he takes in navigating Israeli society. 

The film is the latest from award winning director Eran Riklis (Zaytoun, The Syrian Bride, Lemon Tree) and is considered to be one of Riklis' best.

Premiering at this season’s Telluride Film Festival, A Borrowed Identity was nominated for four Israeli Academy Awards. 

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

Sunday Afternoon Jewish Interest Series  

Yamit Armbrister & Claudette Sutton @ Albuquerque JCC @ Sun 22 March 2015 @ 2:00 pm 

Armbrister Sutton

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

The program is a Talk & Book Signing with Yamit Armbrister (One Moroccan Woman) and Claudette Sutton (Farewell, Aleppo).

One Moroccan Woman is an historical fiction, set partially in the 1950's in Morocco and Israel. It is a story about the triumph of the human spirit. Inspired by actual events, One Moroccan Woman sets interpersonal drama against the backdrop of political, social, and religious volatility, as Tamar discovers that fate has a plan she could’ve never written for herself. 

Farewell, Aleppo is the story—told by his daughter—of one man’s journey that would ultimately take him from the insular Jewish community of Aleppo to the solitary task of building a new life in America. It is both her father’s tale that journalist Claudette Sutton describes and also the harrowing experiences of the family members he left behind in Syria, forced to smuggle themselves out of the country after it closed its borders to Jewish emigration.

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. 

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. Other members of the cast are Georgia Athearn, David Bentley, Marteena Bentley, Joel Miller, Ray Orley, Justin Raper, Sharon Sprague and Elliot Stenzel.

Playwright Richard Atkins (The Men of Mah Jongg) states, "We can never shy away from stories regarding the Holocaust, as we do a disservice to the survivors and their families as well as the memories of those lost and their relatives.” He says recent events, such as the killings at a Jewish Deli during the recent Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, makes DelikateSSen quite timely. Atkins says anti-Semitism has grown at home and abroad, and “we need to prepare ourselves for what is to come."

Atkins’ wife Cheryl directs DelikateSSEN, and says that while play is angst-ridden, and very passionate, its underlying themes deal with forgiveness and love. “It’s a roller coaster of emotions,” she says, “that will have you thinking long after the curtain has fallen!"

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. 

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 Film & Music Experience and Albuquerque JCC Present

Albuquerque Jewish Film Fest @ Various Albuquerque Venues @ June 2015

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