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New Mexico’s Conversos and Crypto-Jews

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6 Days | 5 Nights
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Eileen from Oakland, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/18/15 - 10/23/15
This program should be attended by those of all faiths. Besides being a fascinating look at different subcultures, it shows us that we can overcome the irrational cruelty of the not-so-distant past and become more-highly evolved, tolerant human beings.

Sally from Beachwood, OH Number of programs attended: 19
Date attended: 10/25/15 - 10/30/15
We have been on 20 programs and this was one of the best. The information was totally new to us and left us wanting more and more. The lecturers were great and our Tour Director, Christopher was outstanding.

Deb from plattsburgh, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/25/15 - 10/30/15
Excellent, professional, spiritually compelling for everyone. This is one you shouldn't miss!!

Anne from Milwaukee, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/18/15 - 10/23/15
This was my first Road Scholar program and it exceeded my expectations. The story of Conversos and Crypto-Jews in New Mexico is fascinating. We had such a rich program experience concerning this topic, plus interesting field trips to explore the experiences of other ethnic groups in the state. I highly recommend this program!

Diane from Farmington Hills, MI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/27/15 - 10/02/15
An amazing program well worth your time and money to attend if you have an interest in conversos and crypto Jews. The lectures by Rabbi Min Kantrowitz, Daniel Diaz-Huerta and Norma Libman were outstanding presentations. I liked the handouts submitted by two of the presenters. Karen Long, group leader was also exceptional and well suited to her job. The sites we saw and our bus driver, Denny made this a rewarding experience. Diane from Michigan

Heather from Surprise, AZ Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/27/15 - 10/02/15
What a great program! I loved Daniel's personal story and how he told it. Even though I had been to the places that the side trips took us to, I learned more this time and found them even more interesting. I hope to see many of my friends from this trip again....perhaps at another Road Scholar trip. "Let me know -if you want to go". Heather Figelman

Myra from Greenlawn, NY Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/27/15 - 10/02/15
This was a wonderful, in depth look at how the history of the Iberian Penninsula affects the current day New Mexicans whose ancestors were Conversos. Karen ran it with grace and Rabbi Kantrowitz, Daniel Diaz-Huerta, and Norma Libman spoke with such ease and gave so much information. Our group was so cohesive that it felt as if we were lifelong friends! The field trips supported the lectures. It gave me a whole new perspective on history--amazing program!

Marcia from Manhattan Beach, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/27/15 - 10/02/15
Excellent Program. The lecturers and the guide, Karen, were the very best! All in all, I would most definitely reccomend this program to anyone who wishes to be enlightened about the topic.

Phee from Fallbrook, CA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 09/27/15 - 10/02/15
Number of programs attended-- 6 or 7, all of them great. The Converso/Crypto-Jews program showed how events in Spain in the 1400s (including Columbus in 1492)are impacting residents in New Mexico today. Absolutely fascinating and so well presented.

Beverly from Montandon, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/27/15 - 10/02/15
This was my first trip and I did it alone, but was never alone during the tour. The information was eye-opening and the people were great. Very well organized.

Jan from Rainier, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/10/15 - 05/15/15
The New Mexico’s Conversos and Crypto-Jews Program exceeded all my expectations from the exceptional speakers, history of New Mexico, and above all, Karen, our group facilitator/leader. Karen shared so much knowledge of New Mexico’s past to the present and accommodated All of our needs throughout the whole program. I think we all felt pampered. Thank you Road Scholar; my first program proved to be a memorable one.

Anne from Santa Rosa, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/24/15 - 05/29/15
This course is delightful, informative, historically stimulating, and gives you the opportunity to see some of the best sites in Albuquerque and northern New Mexico. Participants came from all across the United States and even some other cultures. It is extremely well organized and coordinated and each lecturer was excellent and they all complemented each other. For first timers this course is a good one because it is also very welcoming. Group leader Karen Long will make sure that you have information about what to do during free time and she also helps singles to connect with each other and with other couples. We were disappointed in the quality of the food but assume that this will be taken care of.

Helen from Amherst, MA Number of programs attended: 85
Date attended: 05/24/15 - 05/29/15
This program was extremely interesting and everyone learned a lot. All the presenters were excellent and complimented each other. We were a large group and everyone got along well. The field trips were all well done. Our Group leader Karen Long was excellent. The hotel was comfortable. The food was good to very good. Our photos will be posted at: www.umassk12.net/photo

Hana from Jerusalem, Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/10/15 - 05/15/15
I thoroughly enjoyed the Conversos program last week. It was educational on so many levels and topics. Our group leader Karen was gracious,friendly and knowledgeable and along with the wonderful lecturers and tours made my first Road Scholar program unforgetable.

sheila from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/10/15 - 05/15/15
The Conversos and Crypto Jews program was great.I really enjoyed it and learned about a history i knew very little about.Karen the tour guide was fabulous .She was the best tour guide i have been with.She was very organized and provided a great deal of interesting information not only about the program but about restaurants etc. in New Mexico.I highly recommend this trip

Janice from Culver City, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/15/15 - 03/20/15
If you would like to learn about the Crypto-Jews / Conversos then go on this trip to New Mexico to experience a world that I didn't even know existed.

Ann from Allegany, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/10/15 - 05/15/15
I was thrilled to be in this program. I highly recommend it. If anyone is hesitant about it, don't be.

Wendy from Shaker Heights, OH Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/12/15 - 04/17/15
This is the most interesting topic I have ever studues. As an Ashkenazi Jew, I am disppointed that we barely learned anything about Sephardic Jewish history. This program was just amazing! I have told everyone I know they should attend this program!

Carolyn from Las Vegas, NV Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 04/12/15 - 04/17/15
This Road Scholar program was one which would appeal to those wishing to learn about other cultures and the history of other religions. A broad range of subject matter other than the description in the catalog was explored. You will visit Roman Catholic churches and shrines, a Roman Catholic museum,and have the opportunity to purchase Roman Catholic ephemera and relics. There also was a focus on the culture Pueblo Indians. In addition, the geography of the high desert of New Mexico was experienced.

Sandy from East Lansing, MI Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 04/12/15 - 04/17/15
This is an excellent

Marilyn from West Palm Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/15/15 - 03/20/15
The program was informative and exciting. If you have never been to New Mexico, it is a beautiful state and different from anywhere else in the U.S. Although there were mostly Jewish people on the trip, there were several non-Jews as well and they enjoyed the trip very much,

Amy from Highland Park, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/15/15 - 03/20/15
Fascinating! This trip opened up whole worlds of the "American experience" that I knew nothing about before. Definitely offers new ways to look at the history of North America and the US.

Michele from Ossining, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/16/14 - 11/21/14
The content of this program was extraordinarily interesting,informative and exciting. I could't wait to get to the lectures and enjoyed the interaction with the lecturer.

John from Appleton, WI Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 11/16/14 - 11/21/14
I have to admit that we picked this program mainly on time and location and the interest in exploring the Road Scholar program for the first time. Having no knowledge of Jewish practice or traditions left me feeling like I was drinking out of a fire hose. Not only was there tremendous information on Jewish culture but the exploration of the historic journey of Sephardic Jews having to convert to Catholicism during the Inquisition leading to migration and settling in New Mexico was captivating and well presented in both lecture, discussion and interaction with descendants. The topic drew interesting engaged people who all came away enriched.

Jeff from Surprise, AZ Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/26/14 - 10/31/14
The crypto Jew program was wonderful for those of us with interest in the subject with one caveat. If you have taken the Tale of Two Cities Road Scholar program be prepared to repeat at least one day of that program

Tila from Long Beach, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/14/14 - 09/19/14
Great program..Learned so much..

Linda from Long Beach, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/14/14 - 09/19/14
My first trip with Road Scholar and it was amazing. I am so glad I went and look forward to choosing Road Scholar for my tours.

Richard from Tenafly, NJ Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/11/14 - 05/16/14
This was a wonderful immersion in the plight of Jews trapped by the Inquisition, which followed many who escaped to the New World, with subsequent generations of conversos coming to New Mexico, the epicenter of conversos and crypto-Jews. Excellent lectures by Norma Libman supplied the background and a morning spent with a former converso gave the practical and emotional aspects of discovering a Jewish ancestry and following through to actual conversion.

Merlin from Floral Park, NY Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/11/14 - 05/16/14
One of the best informative programs my wife and I have been on with probably the best guide and leader we have been with on our many, many years of touring.

Sandra from Sewickley, PA Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 04/06/14 - 04/11/14
Sometimes I enroll in a program to fill a particular time slot, as was the case with this one. It turned into one of the best programs I have ever taken. It really opened my eyes and my mind with regard to the Jewish communities in the New World and how and when they originated. The history of the crypto/converso Jews is a fascinating one and one which has been pretty much ignored in the teaching of history in our classrooms. I highly recommend this program to anyone interested in filling in the blanks in their knowledge of history.

Barbara from Pittsburgh, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/06/14 - 04/11/14
This trip opened up a whole area of history that was neglected in my education. Just stunning!

Monique from Marietta, GA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 03/21/14
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