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Program #19545RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
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.
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Norma Libman

Norma Libman is an independent journalist whose byline has appeared in hundreds of articles in newspapers nationwide. She has degrees in education and literature from Northeastern Illinois University, and has taught writing, literature and humanities courses in Illinois and New Mexico. She is the author of “The Memoir Writing Workbook,” and leads workshops at writers’ conferences. Norma has been a presenter in many cities nationwide on the subject of Conversos and Crypto Jews in the southwest.

Ms. Diana Bryer

Diana Bryer paints the people and rich history of Northern New Mexico from her studio in the Española Valley. Moving to northern New Mexico in 1977, she found her place in a traditional rural community where customs reflect the centuries-old life of the Spanish settlements in the region. One aspect that continues to intrigue her are the people of Jewish descent whose ancestors fled the Spanish Inquisition to settle in the area and who retain elements of Judaism in their religion today.

Mr. Marcus Gottschalk

Marcus Charles Gottschalk is an expert on the history of Las Vegas, N.M. Relatively unknown to most, Las Vegas was the Southwest’s most important commercial center for nearly 30 years in the late 19th century. Gottschalk, a multi-color renovation painter of historic buildings, stumbled across this gap in America’s past and has since been researching and writing about the city’s amazing legacy since 1996. Gottschalk has been a resident of New Mexico for more than 20 years.

Mr. Shawn Price

Shawn Price is a member of the Albuquerque Conservative Synagogue Congregation B'nai Israel, and has been an active member of B'nai since his conversion to Judaism in 1999. As an enrolled tribal member of the Navajo Nation, Shawn is also the director for a traditional Navajo dance group that has performed around the country. He holds a B.A in communication from the University of New Mexico, and is active in his Navajo cultural and spiritual traditions, which are strongly enhanced by Judaism.

Daniel Diaz-Huerta

Daniel Díaz-Huerta is an educator, author, lecturer and arbitration advocate who is fluent in five languages. He is a member of Congregation Nahalat Shalom and the executive director of the newly founded Albuquerque-based New Mexico Center for Crypto-Judaic Studies and Culture. The author of several poetry tomes, Daniel utilizes converso and Crypto-Jewish themes throughout his writings. He holds multiple degrees in business, Spanish literature and Latin American Studies.

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