|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 then visit the Ronald Gardenswartz Jewish Community Center in Albuquerque, which has a significant connection to the development of the religious life of New Mexico. The Ronald Gardenswartz Jewish Community Center serves as a focal point for all those who seek a Jewish experience with a variety of social, cultural, recreational and educational programs and services.
We’ll also visit a synagogue before returning to the hotel.
The bus will return to the hotel at approximately 4:30 PM.
PRESENTATION: Lecture and discussion with a University of New Mexico professor who will present 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.