Fall Conference

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New Mexico Jewish Historical Society Fall Conference
November 12-13, 2016
Temple Beth Shalom; New Mexico History Museum Auditorium; The Lodge at Santa Fe Hotel


Friday November 11: Optional
5:00 p.m. Community Dinner at Temple Beth Shalom with keynote Speaker Dr. Fran Levine, Director, Missouri History Museum
Presentation Title: “Celebrating the Sabbath, Five Hundred Years Late” (Reservation and pre-payment required at the time of conference registration)

6:30 p.m. Shabbat Services followed by Oneg, co-sponsored by NMJHS

Saturday November 12
Optional activities.

  • Services in local synagogues.
  • Walking tour of Jewish Santa Fe (pre-registration/payment required)
  • Unguided tour of the exhibition, Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, the Inquisition and New World Identities.

12:00 Open lunch

New Mexico History Museum Auditorium
1:00 Welcome
NMJHS President, Dr. Linda Goff
Director of the New Mexico History Museum, Dr. Andrew Wulf

1:30 Keynote Address

Why did the Main Persecution of New Christians for Crypto-Judaism End in Mexico in the Middle of the Seventeenth Century?
Dr. Jonathan Israel, Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton University

2:45 Refreshment Break

3:00 The Converso Experience in Spain and Mexico

  • 3:00 to 3:30 The Converso Experience in Spanish Literary Expression
    Estelle E. Quain
  • 3:30 to 4:00 Was She or Wasn’t She? Doña Teresa versus the Inquisition
    Victoria Erhart
  • 4:00 to 4:30 New Mexico Inquisition Legacy of Miguel de Quintana
    Isabelle Medina Sandoval
  • 4:30 to 5:00 The Twentieth Century Return to Judaism Movement
    Ron D. Hart

6:30 Reception & Dinner (The Lodge at Santa Fe Hotel)

7:30 Dr. Fran Levine
Return to Sepharad

Sunday, Nov. 13
The Lodge at Santa Fe Hotel

8:30 a.m. Coffee, Tea and Muffins

9:00 Welcome and Introduction to the Sunday Program

9:15 Converso Return to Jewish Practice

  • 9:15 – 9:45 New Mexico Paradise: Making Jewish Home Practice Meaningful Today
    Rabbi Jack Shlachter
  • 9:45 – 10:15 Converso and the Return to Judaism
  • 10:15 to 10:30 – Coffee Break

10:45 Fractured Faith: Identity and Life Today

  • 10:45 – 11:15 Judaism, My Identity and Life
    Maria Sanchez, Maria Apodaca, Bianca McDermott, and Isabelle Sandoval
  • 11:15 – 11:45 What Is the Significance of the Spanish Law of Return Today?
    Sara Koplik and Daniel Diaz-Huerta
  • 11:45 – 12:15 The 20th Century South-to-North American Historical Narrative of Fray Angelico Chavez & the 21st Century Discovery of New Mexico’s Crypto-Jews.
    Joseph Mora

12:15 Conference Wrap Up
Linda Goff, NMJHS President