Jewish Life in New Mexico and Beyond

A Mosaic of Stories

October 24th - 25th

via Zoom

NEXT YEAR in Las Cruces!


“West of Hester Street: The Galveston Movement and Jewish Immigration & Communities in the Southwest”  

New Mexico’s Jewish history is unique and reaches back almost 500 years with the early Spanish arrivals via Mexico whose families were Sephardic and became conversos or “converted.” Later Ashkenazi “Pioneer Jews” came down the Santa Fe Trail in the 1850s, many of whom made significant contributions to Territorial and State history. Post WWII Jews arrived to lead the business, arts, science, medical, educational, and civic communities throughout the state.

The New Mexico Jewish Historical Society is a secular organization that promotes greater knowledge and understanding of New Mexico’s diverse experiences within a broad cultural context.

NMJHS is a beneficiary agency of The Jewish Federation of New Mexico

5520 Wyoming Blvd. NE

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109






“New Mexico Jewish 

Physicians in the Indian Health 


1960 – 1980: what we’ve learned so far.”

Session I

“The Spanish Flu Epidemic 

in New Mexico and the 

role of Rabbi Bergman”

Presenters: Naomi Sandweiss and Richard Melzer

Join our speakers to learn how the 1918 

Spanish flu impacted New Mexico in general and specifically how the Jewish community 

responded to the outbreak.  

2:00 TO 4:30 PM

Session II

“This is Not the Borscht Belt!”

Part 1 of a 2 part series

Part 2 -  date TBA

Presenter: Justin Ferate

A century ago, just 90 miles from New York City, celebrated Jewish resorts were created in the mountain communities of New York’s Sullivan and Ulster Counties Jewish New Yorkers hungry for mountain air and the American way of leisure came to the mountains by the thousands. By the 1950s, more than a million people inhabited
this magical Jewish summer world.


2:00 TO 4:30 PM

Session I

“The Making of A Long Journey: The Hidden Jews of the 


Presenters: Paula Schwartz, Producer
Isaac Artenstein, Director

A “behind the scenes” look at the new PBS documentary and the 500 year journey from Spain to New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas by those whose secret for generations was their hidden Jewish roots. Documentary premieres
November 19, 2020. Sneak preview.

Session II

Presenters: Noel Pugach and Harvey Buchalter 

Funded by the N.M. Humanities Council (CARES ACT)

“Preserving the Papers of Rabbi Leonard Helman”

Presenter: Linda Goff 

Funded by the N.M. Historical Records Advisory Board

2 - 3 PM

3 - 4:30 PM

2 - 3:30 PM

3:30 - 4:30 PM


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Thank You!

BENEFACTORS ($151.00-$500.00)

Dorothy Corner Amsden

Jeffrey Brown and Cherri Hudson-Brown

Diane and Alan Chodorow

Sandra and David Dietz
   IMO Max and Ann Chesler

Halley S. Faust
   IHO Ron Duncan-Hart

The Jewish Federation of New Mexico


Phyllis Arlow
   IMO Arnold Jack Arlow

Ronald and Barbara Balser
   IHO Steven Ovitsky

Lance Bell
    IHO Marilyn and Irving Bell, my parents

Harvey and Chris Buchalter
    IHO Dr. Henry Tobias

Ed Goff

Philip Goldstone

Jewish Community Council of Northern NM.         IHO Chevra Kadisha Volunteers of NM. 

Steven Kesselman 

Dr. and Mrs. Herb Koffler 

Liz Levine and Andrew Resnick,   
     IHO Linda Goff

Sandra Levine
    IMO Dr. Jules Levine

Norma Libman

Estelle Quain

Ira Rimson
    IMO Arlene Friedman Rimson

Betty Rosenberg
    IMO Arlene Friedman Rimson

Leona Rubin and John Rivers

Janet Saiers
    IHO her father Herman “Mike” Wagner

Paula and Mel Schwartz
    IHO Stan Hordes

Patricia Shapiro
    IMO Richard Shapiro

Stuart and Rosalie Simon

Vivian and George Skadron

Vickie and David Vogel

Gary and Sandy Wallace

Dr. Robert and Beverly White

Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival, "A Long Journey"


George Donoho Bayless
      IHO Linda and Ed Goff;
       IMO Loretta Carlson-Warren

Douglas Colton

Stuart Feen and Carol Sonnenschein

Irene and Robert Gale

Linda Goff
      IMO Carla Freeman

Paul and Marcia Greenbaum

Brian Ilfeld

Frances Levine
    IHO Dr. Stanley Hordes, my dear friend

Beverly Nomberg

Carol Pava
   IHO Shana Pava---Magna Cum Laude        and History graduate in Jewish Studies

Erika Rimson and David Bernstein

Alan David Scholder

Rae Siporin

Richard and Sophia Skolnik

Marcia Torobin

Iris Weinstein and Steven Margulin

Sheldon Weinstein

(UP TO $100.00) 

Rachel Cogent

Bev Cooper, NMJHS board member

Doris Francis-Erhard 

Bette Evans and Mike Makoid

Paul Golding and Bonnie Ellinger,
    IMO Carol Toobin

Irene Goldminz-Roberts

Samuel Kaplan

Frankie Lerner

    IMO Richard Bischoff

Bernice Langner
    IHO 65th birthday of
    Rabbi Gilah D. Langner

Richard Melzer 

Jim Mafchir

Estelle Miller

Joanna Y. Nedboy
     IMO my father Harry Nedboy (Tzvi             Hersh), 2 ELUL, 57thYahrzeit 

Donald Percious
    IHO Carla Freeman

Noel Pugach

Susan Turetsky
    IMO my beloved husband
    Maurice Turetsky

Alan Wagman and Anne McCormick


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New Mexico Jewish Historical Society Membership Information

Thank You!

The New Mexico Jewish Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Conference donations and sponsorships are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.”

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Contact Us

The office of the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society is located at the Jewish Community Center in Albuquerque, 5520 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109.

Phone: 505-348-4471
Administrator – Claudia Bloom

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