Save the Date: Fall Conference 2017

2017 Fall Conference: Making a Difference: 20th Century Jews and Their Legacies

November 4 & 5, 2017
The Plaza Hotel
Las Vegas, New Mexico

Registration Materials will be sent on September 1st and On-line Registration will be available on our website,

Event Contact:

Anne McCormick


The New Mexico Jewish Historical Society

“Making a Difference: 20th Century Jews and Their Legacies”

November 4 & 5, 2017
The Plaza Hotel
230 Plaza Park, Las Vegas, New Mexico

The Charles Ilfeld Company Store

Charles Ilfela Company Store

“Wholesalers of Everything”

Join us in Las Vegas for our 32nd Annual Conference, as we return to the historic Plaza Hotel after a seven-year hiatus.  This conference will focus on 20th Century Jews and Jewish organizations that have made an impact on the cultural, socio-political, scientific, and economic landscape both in New Mexico and the U.S.  Speakers and session leaders include artists, poets, scientists, social activists, and leading New Mexico families, many from the Las Vegas and northern New Mexico area.  Optional activities include a pre-Conference Tour of the Montezuma Castle (by pre-registration) and a self-guided Walking Tour of the Historic Plaza area.

As of June 15th, the Fall Conference Program Schedule* (subject to change)

Friday:  November 3

Optional Services at “Temple Montefiore” Time (TBD)

Oneg Co-sponsored by NMJHS

Saturday: November 4

9:30 am                     Tour of Montezuma Castle (Pre-Reg Only) with guide

Self-Guided Walking Tour of Historic Plaza area

10:30/11:00 am                    Conference Registration/Packet Pick Up begins

11:45 am – 12:45 pm           Lunch at Plaza Hotel— dairy sandwiches, etc.

1:00 pm         Program Opens 

Welcome Remarks: Linda Goff and Harvey Buchalter

1:30 – 2:30 pm     Keynote Speaker—Dr. Gil Ribak

“Mexicans Are Just Like Every Oriental People:” The Southwest in Sholem Asch’s Yiddish Writing       

2:30 – 3:15 pm         Making a Difference: The Northern New Mexico Jewish Communities:  The Stories of Los Alamos and Santa Fe

David Izraelevitz, Los Alamos and Marian Silver, Santa Fe

3:15 – 3:30 pm         Break

3:30ish – 4:15 pm     Judaism and its Relationship to Art and a Look at Artists of the WPA

Justin Ferate

4:15  – 5:00 pm        Wandering Poets: Our Years in the Desert

Joan Logghe and Miriam Sagan

6:00 – 6:45 pm         Reception and Appetizers; Silent Auction and Raffle

6:45 – 7:30 pm        Dinner Buffet

7:30 – 8:30 pm        The film: The German Jews of Las Vegas

Aired on New Mexico COLORES, 12/12/1990

Sunday November 5

8:00– 8:45 am         Buffet Breakfast

9:00 am                     Program Begins

9:15 – 10:00 am       Spotlight on the Las Vegas Jewish Community: Their Stories

10:00 – 10:45 am     Synagogue on the Santa Fe Trail: The Future of Temple Aaron

David London, Kathryn Rubin, Randy Rubin and Ron Rubin

10:45– 11:00 am       Break

11:00 – 11:45 am      Fat Man and the Development of a Plutonium Bomb: A Crisis at Los Alamos and the Jews Who Solved It

Rabbi Jack Shlachter

12:00 pm                   Conference Wrap Up and Adjourn

1:30 pm (TBD)         Optional Montefiore Cemetery Visit (LVJC)

Registration Materials will be mailed around September 1, 2017

Logistical Information:


Conference Accommodations are available at the Historic Plaza Hotel. 20 – 25 rooms are set aside on a first-come, first -serve basis. The rooms will be released one week before the conference, although lodging may remain available.  Breakfast is NOT included in the room rate but a Sunday morning breakfast buffet IS included as part of the full conference registration.  Be sure to mention the conference when making your reservation. Pre-and post- conference rates are available to guests arriving and departing three days on either side based upon availability.

The cut-off date for sleeping rooms is October 28, 2017. The hotel will continue to accept reservations after October 28th on a space available basis.

Amenities include:  complimentary parking and hi-speed wireless internet in all guest rooms.

Room Rates:*

Non-Plaza View—side, back or interior

$79.00 One Queen or King Bed; $89.00 Two beds: full, queen or king

Plaza View- overlooking the park

$99.00 One King Bed; $109.00 Two Queens and sitting room

Rooms are all unique with antiques and full baths.

Rate are single or double occupancy plus tax.

*NMJHS conference attendees making reservations prior to the cut-off date will receive an extra 10% discount on the room rate before taxes.

Public Transportation:

Las Vegas Train Station

Daily Amtrak Service is available from Albuquerque and Lamy. Please check with Amtrak for current schedule and rates. Those choosing Amtrak will need to depart on Friday for Las Vegas to arrive in time for the Saturday program. or call 1-800-872-7245

Limited taxi service is available to and from the train station to the Plaza Hotel. There is no hotel shuttle service available.