Conference Program

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October 29-30

“History … and a Story to Tell: Cultural and Social Reflections of Jewish Life in New Mexico”

October 29-30, 2022

Courtyard by Mariott Santa Fe
3347 Cerrillos Road

Friday:  October 28

Friday night Services at TBD

Saturday: October 29

9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Walking Tour of Jewish Santa Fe with Stefanie Benanito * *Additional Fee Applies


1:00 – 1:15 p.m. Welcome
Alan Weber, Mayor of Santa Fe TBD Linda Goff, Ph.D NMJHS President

SESSION 1: Keynote, Stacey Ravel Abarbanel 1:15 – 2:45 p.m.
Screening of the documentary, UnRaveling
(39 minutes) followed by filmmaker in discussion with Harvey Buchalter and Richard Melzer, Ph.D.

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. BREAK

SESSION 2: Community Connections and Identity 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Elder & Younger Siblings in Search of One Another: Jewish-Christian Relations in N.M. Rabbi Paul Citrin
Teaching Judaism While Jewish in N.M.
Sarah Egelman, Professor of Religion, Central NM Community College

SESSION 3: Community Connections and Identity 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.
Goldilocks and the Three Torah Scrolls in NM Rabbi Jack Shlachter

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. RECEPTION/SILENT AUCTION 6:45 p.m. Optional havdalah Service
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. DINNER

SUNDAY, October 30

8:45 a.m. Welcome SESSION 4: Santa Fe Identity

9:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Rabbi Leonard A. Helman’s Legacy
The Santa Fe Cemetery Project: Facilitating the Role of Jewish Parent/Grandparent in New Mexico Doris Francis, Ph.D.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg and the Santa Fe Opera
Dianne Layden, Ph.D.

11:155 – 11:30 a.m. BREAK

SESSION 5: Genealogy and Identity
11:30 – 1:00 p.m.
New World Jewish Ethnicity: Migration, History, DNA & Genetics, Schelly Talalay Dardashti