Conference Program

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The New Mexico Jewish Historical Society
Expressing Jewish Identities: Challenges and Accomplishments”
November 9 – 11, 2018

Sheraton Uptown Hotel
2600 Louisiana Blvd. Ne.
Albuquerque, NM  87110
505 -881 -8000


Join us for our 33rd Annual Conference, as we return to the Albuquerque after a four-year hiatus while traveling throughout the state.  This conference will focus how Jews have expressed their unique cultural identity in everything from their film and dance to their everyday lives; the challenges they have they met; how they have met these challenges and accomplished so much.

Optional activities include a pre-Conference Tour of Jewish Downtown Albuquerque (by pre-registration) and services at various Synagogues and Temples.  A Silent Auction and Raffle are an ongoing part of the conference.

Information current as of June 21.  Subject to revision.


Friday:  November 9

5 – 6 pm       NMJHS ‘Meet and Greet’

Optional religious services:  The following Temples and Synagogues welcome Conference attendees to join in their services:

Congregation Albert (Reform)   3800 Louisiana NE, 87110     505 883-1818

Congregation B’nai Israel  (Conservative)  4401 Indian School NE, 87110   505 266-0155

Congregation Nahalat Shalom (Jewish Renewal/Independent)   3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW  87107  505 343-8227


Saturday: November 10

9:30 am         Tour of Jewish Downtown Albuquerque (Optional–pre registration required)
Led by Naomi Sandweiss, author of Jewish Albuquerque 1860-1960

10:30             Conference Registration/Packet Pick Up begins ; Viewing of Silent Auction                         items

1:00 pm          PROGRAM OPENS 

  • Welcome Remarks: Linda Goff and Betty Harvie
  • Keynote Address:  Dr. Rebecca Rossen
  • Jewish Women and Modern American Dance”
  • “Jews Finding Fertile Ground: New Mexico –
  • A Landscape of Possibilities”Harvey Buchalter
  • “How Cecil Corner Lost His Accent: Creating a New Identity in the American West” – Dorothy Corner Amsden
  • “Syncretism in the Crypto-Judaic Experience: Mexico and the Southwest Territories in Literature” Marcia Fine
  • “Jewish Identity Through the Lens of the Director for Israeli Film”- Marcia Torobin
  • No Host Bar and Appetizers; Silent Auction and Raffle
  • Dinner
  • Israeli dancing with Denis Maltz Grutcki

Sunday November 11 Veterans Day

8:00 am                     Bagels and Coffee/Tea

9:00 am                     Program Begins

  • Jews Are No Strangers to the Stranger in Our Midst: Jewish Texts and Immigration”Rabbi Jack Shlachter
  • “Growing Up Cohn in New Mexico / Identity Crisis” –   Yvette Cohn Stoor
  • “Gaon Web and Jewish Identity in New Mexico” – Dr. Ron Duncan Hart
  • “Confessions of a 21st Century Jewish Pioneer: Keeping the Candles Lit in Colfax County” – Sharon Niederman

12:00ish pm              Conference Wrap Up and Adjourn- Linda Goff