About Us


Founded in 1985, the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society (NMJHS) is a non- profit organization devoted to promoting scholarship and awareness of the role of Jewish settlers to New Mexico as well as the history of Crypto-Jews.

Since the early 1990s, NMJHS has been actively engaged in the collection and preservation of New Mexico Jewish family histories through research and oral history interviews. As part of this project, NMJHS developed photo panels which have been displayed in museums and public events and venues. Fifteen individual Pioneer family pamphlets were researched and published by NMJHS. In 2018, an anthology book entitled, “Pioneer Jewish Families in New Mexico” was published bringing together all fifteen pamphlets.

NMJHS also recently developed:

  • Visiting Scholars Program
  • Speakers Bureau
  • Research Fellowship Program
  • Middle School Curriculum on New Mexico Jewish Pioneer History

With the support of the New Mexico Humanities Council and the New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board (NMHRAB) NMJHS has conducted additional family histories and expanded its Archival collection by making more documents and papers available on our website.

Our main program is an Annual Fall conference which rotates around the state as well as individual stand-alone programs in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, and Las Cruces.


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.


The NMJHS’s Vision is to become a more diverse and visible statewide organization to facilitate an increasingly better understanding and appreciation of New Mexico Jewish history.