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.
Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem @ CCA Santa Fe @ Sun 30 November 2014 @ 11:00 am
What It Is: The first film in the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival's new “pop-up” series: last minute selections of the hottest films from the top international film festivals.
GETT made it’s international premier this year at Cannes and it’s North American premier at TIFF (Toronto). Winner of the Israeli Academy Award for Best Picture, it’s Israel’s submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Picture.
GETT is the story of an Israeli woman (Ronit Elkabetz, “The Band’s Visit”) seeking to finalize a divorce (gett) from her estranged husband who finds herself effectively put on trial by her country’s religious marriage laws. It is a powerhouse courtroom drama from sibling directors Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz.
AIPAC Community Briefing
Red Lines & Deadlines: The Continued Threat of a Nuclear Iran @ Congregation Albert @ Wed 03 December 2014 @ 6:00 pm
What It Is: A community briefing featuring Ali Alfoneh, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and a top expert on Iran and the inner workings of its regime.
Alfoneh came to FDD from the American Enterprise Institute, where he worked as a resident fellow specializing on civil-military relations in Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). He is the originator of the thesis that the Islamic Republic is transforming into a military dictatorship, which he first published in 2005, and has since been adopted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Alfoneh is the author of Iran Unveiled: How the Revolutionary Guards Is Transforming Iran from Theocracy into Military Dictatorship.
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
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
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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
A Cabaret Un-New Year's Eve at the J
UpStaged Cabaret: Accentuate the Positive @ Sat 27 December 2014 @ 7:30 pm
What It Is: UpStaged Cabaret, a troupe of traveling cabaret performers will be presenting “Accentuate the Positive” at the Jewish Community Center.
UpStaged Cabaret performers include Jackie Bregman, William Dudeck, Courtney Wilgus and Warren Wilgus, accompanied by Joe McCanna on the piano. Chrys Page serves as Musical Director for the show.
Congregation B'nai Israel's Big Event
An Evening with Sid Fendley & Friends @ Congregation B'nai Israel @ Sun 18 January 2015
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