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While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
Discover the rich Jewish heritage of New Mexico and add your own influence to the cultural imprint made by the crypto-Jews as they arrived in the Southwest after fleeing the Spanish Inquisition, and by the Ashkenazi Jews who brought commerce from the East Coast to New Mexico, quickly turning Las Vegas and Santa Fe into thriving metropolitan centers. Learn the sequence of events that led to Solomon Bibo becoming the only non-Indian ever to serve as governor of a Native American pueblo, and trace the increasingly active role New Mexico Jews played in state and national politics. On field trips and in presentations led by local experts, recap the story of the crypto-Jews and gain a better understanding of their connections to other Judaic groups, and study the history of the Ashkenazi Jews and their contributions to New Mexico and Southwest history.


• Learn how Jewish-German immigrants helped develop the atomic bomb at Los Alamos.
• Explore how Jews interacted with members of Eastern religions who settled in New Mexico and built mosques and other worship sites here in the area.
• Meet with a local artist to discuss the use of Jewish and Crypto-Jewish themes in her work and learn about the traditions of Kabbalah from a rabbi and author.

Program Notes

For a more in depth study of just New Mexico’s conversos and Crypto-Jews from the Spanish Inquisition in the 1500's to present day ancestors, please see program #11007.

Activity Notes

Walking/standing up to an hour; boarding and disembarking coaches. Elevations of 5,300-7,200 feet.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Albuquerque, 3 nights; coach to Santa Fe, 2 nights, coach to Albuquerque for departure.

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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
2 Performances


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