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Program #19545RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Elevations will range from 5,300' to 7,200' above sea level.

Itinerary for May 18 — May 23, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Large hotel with mid-town location and free parking.

Contact info:
2020 Menaul NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107 USA
phone: 505-884-2511
web: www.mcmelegantealbuquerque.com

Room amenities: Data ports, irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, refrigerators upon request.

Facility amenities: Heated pool, spa and exercise room, restaurant and lounge on premises.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rate
Arrange for pre and post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 884-2511.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 18 - Arrival & Check-in; Registration & Orientation; I...
Arrival & Check-in; Registration & Orientation; Introductions & Getting to Know You

Afternoon: Hotel check-in between 3:00-5:30 PM.

Registration with the Road Scholar group leader between 4:00-5:30 PM.

Dinner: We'll have dinner at the hotel from 6:00-7:00 PM. Enjoy this opportunity to begin getting acquainted with our fellow participants.

Evening: We’ll gather in our meeting room from 7:00-8:30 PM for an informative overview of the program to come plus an opportunity to meet the program staff and our fellow participants during an introductory get-acquainted session. We’ll review the updated schedule, answer any questions, and cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, and emergency procedures.

This new program extends the study begun in our popular program 11007, “New Mexico’s Conversos and Crypto Jews.” We’ll explore connections formed by Conversos with Native Americans — also forced into Catholicism by the Spaniards — and later with Ashkenazic Jews who came to the state when the railroads opened New Mexico in the 1800s. We’ll also examine connections between the Penitentes who came to the state around 1630, other Eastern religions, and early settlers. Field trips feature sites with special significance for the development of Jewish history in New Mexico.

Lodging: MCM Elegante Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Large hotel with mid-town location and free parking.

Contact info:
2020 Menaul NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107 USA
phone: 505-884-2511
web: www.mcmelegantealbuquerque.com

Room amenities: Data ports, irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, refrigerators upon request.

Facility amenities: Heated pool, spa and exercise room, restaurant and lounge on premises.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rate
Arrange for pre and post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 884-2511.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 19 - Crypto-Jewish History in New Mexico; Indian Puebl...
Crypto-Jewish History in New Mexico; Indian Pueblo Cultural Center; Old Town Albuquerque; Conversos in the Larger New Mexico Community

Note: Walking and standing at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and in Old Town

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00-8:00 AM

Morning: This morning we'll have classes on "Crypto-Jewish History in New Mexico" and "Conversos in the Larger New Mexico Community."

We'll learn how Jews came to New Mexico in the 1500s. Fleeing the Inquisition in Europe, they hid their religious beliefs under the guise of Catholicism, brought by the Spaniards and Mexicans as they conquered the Native Americans in Pueblos of the Southwest.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: This afternoon, we'll have a driving excursion through Albuquerque, with stops at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and Old Town.

Old Town was established in 1706. When “late” arriving Ashkenazic Jews opened shops there, it was the center of the community for many years.

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is owned and operated as a non-profit organization by the 19 pueblos of New Mexico, where we’ll begin an exploration of Native American culture and its ties to the Converso-Crypto Jews. About a mile northeast of Old Town, this museum — modeled after Pueblo Bonito, a spectacular 9th-century ruin in Chaco Culture National Historic Park — has some remarkable exhibits. The bus will return to the hotel at approximately 5:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: PRESENTATION: "Native American Culture and Its Ties to the Jewish Community"

Lodging: MCM Elegante Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Large hotel with mid-town location and free parking.

Contact info:
2020 Menaul NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107 USA
phone: 505-884-2511
web: www.mcmelegantealbuquerque.com

Room amenities: Data ports, irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, refrigerators upon request.

Facility amenities: Heated pool, spa and exercise room, restaurant and lounge on premises.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rate
Arrange for pre and post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 884-2511.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 20 - Rabbi Min Kantrowitz and Ashkenazim History; New ...
Rabbi Min Kantrowitz and Ashkenazim History; New Mexico Holocaust and Intolerance Museum; Local Synagogue

Note: Some walking and standing at site visits on field trip

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: PRESENTATION: "History of Ashkenazim in New Mexico" and "Current Situations of Jews in New Mexico" discussion with Rabbi Min Kantrowitz, Director of the Jewish Community Chaplaincy Program of Jewish Family Service of New Mexico. She is a sought after speaker and teacher, conducting services, workshops, and lectures in Europe, California, Montana, Arizona, and across New Mexico. Rabbi Kantrowitz is also the author of the recently published book, “Counting the Omer: A Kabbalistic Meditation Guide,” designed to help people understand the in-depth meaning of each of the forty-nine days between Pesach (Passover) and the Shavuot celebration of the revealing of the Torah.

Lunch: Lunch at a popular restaurant

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: We begin our afternoon at the New Mexico Holocaust and Intolerance Museum. This unique institution educates people about the Holocaust as well other genocides that have affected people around the world, unlimited by religion, culture, geographic area, or time. For example, exhibitions cover events related to Native Americans including Bosque del Redondo and Wounded Knee.

We’ll also visit a synagogue before returning to the hotel.

The bus will return to the hotel at approximately 4:00 PM.

After getting back to the hotel, there will be a presentation and discussion about the many connections other religious groups in New Mexico have with New Mexico Jews. These groups include Christians; people affiliated with Eastern religions; the Penitentes, a secret society that came to New Mexico around 1630, who carried scourges made of leather thongs with which they lashed themselves, begging God to forgive their sins; and others. There are many kinds of "crossovers" from Jewish to Christian and vice versa. You'll see how the Jews fit into the big picture of New Mexico history, primarily with early settlers and then on into the present.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Evening at leisure. Enjoy the hotel’s amenities, explore Albuquerque's nightlife, or simply relax and prepare for tomorrow's early check-out and bus transfer to Las Vegas, NM and Santa Fe, NM.

Lodging: MCM Elegante Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This charming hotel is located three blocks from the historic downtown Plaza and is surrounded by Santa Fe restaurants and shops with convenient transportation nearby. 100% non-smoking facility.

Contact info:
100 Sandoval Street
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-988-2811
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/SFEHIHF-hilton

Room amenities: Southwest motif, Hilton Serenity Bed and Amenity Collections, coffee and tea service, ironing boards, robes, hair dryer and makeup mirror

Facility amenities: Business Center, Complimentary printing service, fax, express mail, notary public, office rental, photo copying service, video conferencing available, video messaging, video phone, 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market, laundry-valet service, ATM, baggage storage, bar area, concierge desk, elevators, gift shop, guest activity/recreation desk, lounge, multi-lingual staff, room service, fitness room, pool

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: best seasonal rates
Request additional nights directly from hotel prior to arrival by calling 505-988-2811.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Four: Wednesday, May 21 - Las Vegas NM & Historic Jewish Sites; Class: Ashk...
Las Vegas NM & Historic Jewish Sites; Class: Ashkenazic Settlers in Las Vegas; Staab House Dinner

Note: Some standing and walking over uneven terrain at the Masonic Cemetery

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. We need to check out and have our luggage out to the bus no later than 8:00 AM so that we can depart on time.

Morning: Bus departs for Las Vegas, NM (two hours from Albuquerque) at 8:15 AM.

In Las Vegas, a local guide will join us to point out many of the interesting Jewish-related sites in Las Vegas — developed in large part by Ashkenazim who came to the town via the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad in the 1800s.

We will see the current home of the first Jewish house of worship in the Territory of New Mexico, Temple Montefiore, dedicated in 1884; the Masonic Cemetery, where many Jews were buried; and businesses established by these early Jews. For the most part, none of the Ashkenazim knew anything at all about the Jewish history that had gone on in New Mexico since the 1500s.

Lunch: Lunch at a selected location

Afternoon: PRESENTATION: A Las Vegas historian will discuss the Ashkenazic Jewish population of the city in the 1800s and early 1900s, their contributions, and their influence.

Bus departs for Santa Fe at 3:00 PM.

Hotel check-in at about 4:30 PM.

Dinner: Bus departs for dinner destination at 5:45 PM.

Dinner will be in the Staab House restaurant on the grounds of the historic La Posada Hotel, a luxury resort set on six acres of beautifully landscaped grounds near downtown Santa Fe. The Staab House, a Victorian mansion, was built by a Santa Fe Jewish merchant. We'll hear the interesting story of the life of this Jewish family when they lived in this house (and the ghost they left behind!)

The restaurant itself is cozy and casual; there will be several menu choices including dessert.

Evening: Bus returns to the hotel by 8:00 PM. Rest of the evening at leisure.

Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This charming hotel is located three blocks from the historic downtown Plaza and is surrounded by Santa Fe restaurants and shops with convenient transportation nearby. 100% non-smoking facility.

Contact info:
100 Sandoval Street
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-988-2811
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/SFEHIHF-hilton

Room amenities: Southwest motif, Hilton Serenity Bed and Amenity Collections, coffee and tea service, ironing boards, robes, hair dryer and makeup mirror

Facility amenities: Business Center, Complimentary printing service, fax, express mail, notary public, office rental, photo copying service, video conferencing available, video messaging, video phone, 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market, laundry-valet service, ATM, baggage storage, bar area, concierge desk, elevators, gift shop, guest activity/recreation desk, lounge, multi-lingual staff, room service, fitness room, pool

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: best seasonal rates
Request additional nights directly from hotel prior to arrival by calling 505-988-2811.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Five: Thursday, May 22 - Jewish and Hispanic Writers; Artist's Presentatio...
Jewish and Hispanic Writers; Artist's Presentation; Field Trip to Explore Sites Related to Jewish Community in Santa Fe; Free Afternoon; Evening Performance

Note: Walking several blocks up to a mile on paved terrain

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: PRESENTATION: We’ll gather in a hotel meeting room where our instructor will discuss Jewish and Hispanic writers in New Mexico. We'll then meet local artist Diana Bryer, who uses Jewish and Crypto-Jewish themes in her work.

After class, there will be a walking field trip to visit sites related to the history of the Jewish community in the Santa Fe area.

Lunch: Lunch today is on our own. There are many good restaurants near the Plaza; our group leader can offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure for independent explorations. We'll have tickets to the New Mexico History Museum, the Palace of the Governors Museum, and the New Mexico Museum of Art, all in the downtown area.

In addition to these museums, there are numerous art galleries, other museums, shops, and significant landmarks in the area.

The hotel is close to the Plaza area, and those who wish can return to the hotel at any time, but everyone needs to be back at the hotel in time for dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 5:30-6:30 PM

Evening: PERFORMANCE: At 6:45 PM, our bus will depart for a special performance, staged especially for our group, of Robert Benjamin's contemporary play, "Parted Waters." Set in New Mexico, the play brings to life three generations of Hispanics dealing with the knowledge and secrets of their lineage.

Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, May 23 - Return to Albuquerque; Wrap-up Discussion; Klezme...
Return to Albuquerque; Wrap-up Discussion; Klezmer Performance; Program Conclusion

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Hotel check-out by 8:15 AM. Depart for Albuquerque at 8:30 AM, arriving at the MCM by 10:00 AM. Luggage may be stored at the front desk.

WRAP-UP: We’ll gather in our meeting room in the hotel for a program wrap-up from 10:00-11:30 AM, with an opportunity to share our impressions and how the experience may have changed our perspectives.

PERFORMANCE: For a rousing finale, we'll enjoy a performance by a Klezmer band, followed by program closing with our group leader.

Lunch: The program concludes with lunch at the hotel from 11:30 AM-12:00 PM, followed by independent departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


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