Conference Program

To download Conference Program information in a PDF format CLICK HERE.


The New Mexico Jewish Historical Society
“Expressing Jewish Identifies:  Challenges and Accomplishments”
November 9-11, 2018
Sheraton Uptown Hotel
2600 Louisiana Blvd. Ne.
Albuquerque, NM  87110
505 -881 -8000

NMJHS returns to Albuquerque for this year’s Fall Conference. The Sheraton Uptown is located in the midst of some of the city’s most exciting shopping and dining experiences.  Interesting and stimulating conference speakers will address the multi-faceted issue of Jewish identity.  Keynote speaker Rebecca Rossen from the University of Texas Austin explores the expression of Jewish identity in dance, and the evening ends with a demonstration of Israeli dancing, with all welcome to join in.  Come early to attend Congregation Albert’s Friday night Kristallnacht program and dinner, and join NMJHS Vice President Naomi Sandweiss for a Saturday walking tour of Jewish Albuquerque.  Great silent auction and raffle items and seeing old friends makes this a conference you won’t want to miss!

Friday:  November 9

3:00-5:00 pm:  NMJHS Meet and Greet, Sheraton Uptown

6:00 pm:  (Optional) Community Service and Program:  Kristallnacht and the 2018 Election with speaker Steven Windmueller,

Congregation Albert, 3800 Louisiana NE; Followed by optional dinner (Contact 505 883 1818 or for dinner reservations)

Saturday: November 10

9:30 am:  (Optional) Walking Tour of Jewish Downtown Albuquerque with Naomi Sandweiss, author of  Jewish Albuquerque ($15 Pre-reg and pre-paid only)

11:00 am:  Registration/Packet Pick Up

Lunch on your own

1:00 pm    Program Opens 

Welcome Remarks: Linda Goff

1:10 – 2:10 pm:  Keynote Speaker—Rebecca Rossen:  Dancing Jewish: Jewish Women and American Modern Dance

2:15 – 2:55 pm:  Jews Finding Fertile Ground: New Mexico – A Landscape of Possibilities – Harvey Buchalter

3:00 – 3:15 pm:        Break

3:15 – 3:55  pm: How Cecil Corner Lost His Accent: Creating a New Identity in the American WestDorothy Corner Amsden

4:00  – 4:40 pm:  – Syncretism in the Crypto-Judaic Experience: Mexico and the Southwest Territories in Literature – Marcia Fine

4:45 – 5:25 pm   Jewish Identity Through the Lens of the Director for Israeli Film – Marcia Torobin

5:30 – 6:35 pm:   Reception:  No host bar, chips and salsa; Silent Auction and Raffle

6:30 – 7:45 pm  Dinner

7:45 – Israeli Dancing – participate or watch; Basic lesson led by Denis Maltz Grutcki


Sunday November 11

8:00– 8:30 am:         Bagels and Coffee

8:30 – 8:40 am:        Welcome and Observe Veteran’s Day

8:45 – 9:25 am:  Jews Are No Strangers to the Stranger in Our Midst: Jewish Texts and Immigration – Rabbi Jack Shlachter

9:30 – 10:10 am:  Growing Up Cohn in New Mexico/Identity Crisis – Yvette Cohn Stoor

10:15– 10:30 am:  Break

10:30-11:10 am:  Gaon Web and Jewish Identity in New Mexico – Ron Duncan Hart

11:15-11:55 am:  Confessions of a 21st Century Jewish Pioneer: Keeping the Candles Lit in Colfax County – Sharon Niederman

12:00 pm:  Conference Wrap Up & Adjourn