2017 NMJHS Annual Report 

Mission Statement:

 “The New Mexico Jewish Historical Society is a secular organization that promotes greater knowledge and understanding of New Mexico’s diverse Jewish experiences within a broad cultural context.”


LIFE & LEGACY Program: NMJHS is partnering with the Jewish Community Foundation of New Mexico (JCF) and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, along with nine other Jewish organizations in NM to establish a Legacy endowment to ensure the work of NMJHS for generations to come. More information is available at the Annual Meetings and other future publicity. Join us soon to build and preserve our future!

2017 Fall Conference: The 2017 Fall Conference: “Making a Difference: 20th Century Jews & Their Legacies,” November 4 and 5 drew 80+ attendees not only from throughout the State but also Colorado. Our keynote speakers included Visiting Scholar, Dr. Gil Ribak, Assistant Professor, Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona who presented: “Mexicans are Just Like Every Oriental People”: The Southwest in Sholem Asch’s Yiddish Writing.

Other Programs: As part of our efforts to reach out to state-wide communities, NMJHS organized, sponsored, and co-sponsored programs in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Deputy State Historian, Rob Martinez, served as our other Visiting Scholar by discussing his long-time collaborative research project on both historic and current Jewish Communities in Cuba.

Membership: 2017 was another banner year for NMJHS membership. Paid memberships reached 310, including four new Lifetime memberships. Membership dues represent one of two primary revenue sources from NMJHS and help sustain as well as allow us to expand our programs and activities. To become a Lifetime member, check our website or call the NMJHS office. Your help in recruitment and retention of members is greatly appreciated!

New Initiatives and Outreach: Promoting our newly established Speakers Bureau has been a continuing priority for NMJHS. With the assistance of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico and the Historical Society of New Mexico we successfully launched this new initiative. If you are interested in securing a speaker, please contact the NMJHS office.

Grants: The New Mexico Humanities Council awarded NMJHS funds to undertake the project, “Telling the Stories: The Personal Accounts of New Mexico Jews in Business and Community Life” NMJHS will present its first program panel session on June 24th at the JCC-Albuquerque

New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board awarded NMJHS funds to improve preservation and access to New Mexico’s historical records. These funds were made available through the New Mexico Legislature and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). 

NMJHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. NMJHS is a beneficiary of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico

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