2023 Fall Conference Program

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2023 FALL CONFERENCE
October 21-22, 2023

“History, Genealogy, Genetics: Unraveling the Past and Present”

Jewish Community of Greater Albuquerque

5520 Wyoming Blvd. NE

2023 Fall Conference Program Schedule

Saturday October 21:

1:00 – 1:15:  Welcome Remarks

1:15 – 2:15:  “PAPER AND BLOOD: My Journey Through New Mexico’s Jewish Past”

Rob Martinez, State Historian, Keynote

Introduced by: Norma Libman

2:20 – 3:20:   “Finding Your Own Torah: A Panel Discussion on Being Black and Jewish”

Scott Melton, Justin Terry -Smith, and Jill Anthony

Introduced by: Deborah Boldt

3:25 – 3:45:  Coffee/Beverage Break

3:50 – 4:50:    “From Cat’s Elbow to Neutrinos: A Genealogical Thread Tying the Rhineland to

Los Alamos (With a Few Detours)”

Rabbi Jack Shlachter, Ph.D.

Introduced by: Stu Simon

5:00 – 5:45:  Reception

5:45 – 6:00  Optional Havdalah Service and Motzi

6:00 – 7:30:  Buffet Dinner and Raffle

Sunday October 22:

8:15/8:30 – 9:00 a.m.:  Continental Breakfast

9:05 – 9:10: Welcome Remarks

9:15 – 10:30:  “The DNA of the Jewish People”

Bennett Greenspan, Keynote

Introduced by: Michael Keslin

10:35 – 11:30: “Unearthing Sephardic Pasts in New Mexico”

Sara Leiter, Moderator, Maria Sanchez, Ph.D., Melissa Stevens, and James Ord

Introduced by: Marcia Greenbaum

11:30 – 11:45:  Coffee/Beverage Break

11:45 – 12:45: “The Iberian Ashkenaz Project at FamilyTreeDNA.com”

Schelly Talalay Dardashti

Introduced by: Linda Goff

12:50 – 1:00 p.m.: Conference Closing Remarks