11007
New Mexico
New Mexico’s Conversos and Crypto-Jews
Learn the history and experience the unique culture of conversos and Crypto-Jews — Spain’s Jewish citizens who were forced to leave their country for not converting to Christianity.
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Program No. 11007RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
899
Getting There
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At a Glance

In 1492, the Alhambra Decree forced Spain’s Jewish citizens to make an unthinkable decision: convert to Christianity or leave the country. Over the next 500 years, the saga of the conversos and Crypto-Jews — who practiced their faith in secrecy — brought them to the New World and finally to New Mexico, where their traditions melded with those of the peoples of the Southwest. In this land of canyons and desert, trace the struggle of New Mexico’s conversos and Crypto-Jews, and consider how their traditions have managed to survive against the odds.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking a few blocks over uneven terrain; standing up to one hour, some stairs. Elevations of 7,000 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Meet a New Mexico converso for personal insight.
  • Visit Acoma Pueblo and learn about its fascinating history.
  • Enjoy a field trip to Santa Fe.

General Notes

For a more active version of this program, please see #22854. It includes the same educational content, but is based in Santa Fe.
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Maria Apodaca
Maria Apodaca’s family has been in New Mexico since 1598 when Juan Oñate brought the first colonist to the Kingdom of New Mexico. Maria comes from the B'nai Anusim, the people who were forced to convert to the catholic religion in the 14th century. Maria is active as a member of congregation Nahalat Shalom and has served for three years on the Va'ad, the board. She is the event coordinator for the Festvial Djudeo-Espanyol festival, and is a co-leader of the monthly Sephardic dinner.
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Ron Hart
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Maria Apodaca
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Christopher Gibson
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