2018 Optional Pre-Conference Programs and Activities
Friday, November 9:
3:00 – 5:00 pm NMJHS Meet and Greet
Come by to say hello to NMJHS members
Sheraton Uptown – location info when you check in
6:00 pm: Community Service and Program:
Kristallnacht and the 2018 Election with speaker Steven Windmueller
Steven Windmueller is an American scholar and Jewish communal professional. He is a professor emeritus at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, CA, where he teaches courses on contemporary political issues and American Jewish affairs. He is a fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, and a board member of the Jewish Federation and the Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles
Congregation Albert, 3800 Louisiana NE
Followed by dinner
(Contact 505 883 1818 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
Albuquerque, founded by Spanish colonists in 1706, seems an unusual place for Jewish immigrants to settle. Yet long before New Mexico statehood in 1912, Jewish settlers had made their homes in the high desert town, located on the banks of the Rio Grande River. Initially, business opportunities lured German Jews to the Santa Fe Trail; during the expansive railroad days of the 1880s, Jewish citizens were poised to take on leadership roles in business, government, and community life. Henry Jaffa, a Jewish merchant and acquaintance of Wyatt Earp, served as Albuquerque’s first mayor. From launching businesses along Central Avenue, to establishing the Indian Trading Room at the famed Alvarado Hotel and founding trading posts, Route 66 tourist establishments, and the Sandia Tram, Jewish businesspeople partnered with their neighbors to boost Albuquerque’s already plentiful assets. Along the way, community members built Jewish organizations–a B’nai B’rith chapter, Congregation Albert, and Congregation B’nai Israel–that made their mark upon the larger Albuquerque community.
Author Naomi Sandweiss, an Albuquerque native and longtime New Mexico Jewish Historical Society leader, used more than 200 images from public archives, congregational collections, and individual and family collections to illustrate the city’s fascinating Jewish history.