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
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
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DAY
1
Registration, Orientation, Introductions, Welcome Dinner
Albuquerque, NM
D
Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration 3:00-5:00 p.m.: After checking into the hotel and getting your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff, to get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule and other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in. Orientation at 5:00 p.m.: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Transportation for program-related activities will be via motorcoach unless specified otherwise. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At 6:30 p.m. enjoy a buffet meal in our private meeting room with a salad, entrée, dessert, coffee, tea, water.

Evening: Take the rest of the evening to continue getting to know your fellow participants, relax, and get a good night’s sleep for the full day ahead.

DAY
2
History of Sephardic Judaism, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Albuquerque, NM
B,L,D
Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; standing at the museum; walking up to several blocks over paved terrain in Old Town. The activity level for this program is "On Your Feet." Participants should be able to walk several block, stand up to an hour and climb stairs.

Breakfast: In the hotel meeting room at 7:30 a.m.; selections usually include fruit, yogurt, pastries, oatmeal, eggs, potatoes, turkey sausage, juice and coffee.

Morning: This morning our expert instructor will introduce us to the fascinating history of conversos and Crypto Jews in New Mexico, dating back to the time of the Spanish Inquisition.

Lunch: Plated meal or buffet at a local restaurant includes salad, selection of entrées, coffee, tea, soft drinks and water.

Afternoon: Explore the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Operated by the nineteen Pueblos of New Mexico, the IPCC is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Pueblo culture, highlighting the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people. Our self-guided visit will introduce us to New Mexico's many different Pueblos as we view the Pueblo-curated exhibits on the lower level.

Dinner: In the hotel meeting room.

Evening: We'll continue learning about Crypto-Jewish history with a lecture entitled "The Columbus Question."

DAY
3
Field Trip to Acoma Pueblo
Albuquerque, NM
B,L
Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; traveling 135 miles for 2 1/2 hours over the course of the day; standing and walking for up to two hours over uneven and rough packed dirt terrain at Acoma (walkers and wheelchairs not recommended.)

Breakfast: In the hotel meeting room.

Morning: After breakfast we'll board our motorcoach and depart for Acoma Pueblo. Acoma's ties to Jewish history in New Mexico lie in the Pueblo's relationship to Jewish trader Solomon Bibo, the only non-Indian to become governor of a Native American Pueblo. Built on top of a 367-foot-high mesa to protect it from attack, the old Pueblo village has no electricity and no running water. While a few dozen Pueblo members live atop the mesa, most live in villages at the base of the mesa. On arrival at the Sky City Cultural Center we'll transfer to a Pueblo bus and drive to the top of the mesa where we'll explore the old village, see the 17th-century San Esteban del Rey mission church and meet some of the inhabitants of this remarkable historic place.

Lunch: At Acoma Pueblo, choice of chicken or vegetarian wraps and soft drinks.

Afternoon: Return to the hotel for free afternoon.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from your program price so that you can enjoy what you like or sample the local fare. Not to be confused with "Tex-Mex," New Mexico cuisine includes elements of both Native American and Spanish influences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestion for dining options in the area.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Converso and Crypto-Jewish Heritage, Hispanic Cultural Cntr
Albuquerque, NM
B,L,D
Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; standing for 1 1/2 hours at the Hispanic Cultural Center.

Breakfast: In the hotel meeting room.

Morning: We'll begin the day with an expert-led lecture expanding our knowledge of the lives of Conversos and Crypto Jews. We'll then travel to the National Hispanic Cultural Center, which will help to expand our understanding of the area's Hispanic history and culture. Dedicated to the preservation, promotion and advancement of Hispanic culture, arts and humanities, the National Hispanic Cultural Center celebrates Hispanic traditions through a variety of exhibits including a performance center, art museum and a library. The permanent collection features Frederico Vigil’s buon fresco, “Mundos de Mestizaje,” depicting thousands of years of Hispanic and pre-Hispanic history, and ¡Aqui Estamos!, a circulating exhibition of art from the Center’s permanent collection.

Lunch: Plated meal from a select menu at a popular local restaurant includes selection of entrées, coffee, tea, soft drinks and water (additional beverages available for purchase.)

Afternoon: This afternoon we'll hear from two presenters about their Converso/Crypto-Jewish heritage and their voyage of discovery into their own personal histories. A roundtable question-and-answer session follows.

Dinner: In the hotel meeting room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Field Trip to Santa Fe
Albuquerque, NM
B,D
Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; traveling 130 miles for 2 1/2 hours over the course of the day; standing and walking for up to two hours at museums; walking from several blocks on paved but uneven sidewalks.

Breakfast: In the hotel meeting room.

Morning: This morning we'll depart for an all-day field trip to Santa Fe, 65 miles north of Albuquerque. On arrival at the Santa Fe Plaza our Group Leader will lead a walking orientation. We'll then have a few hours of free time for personal explorations on our own. There are many colorful shops and galleries in the area, as well as a number of museums. You'll have a "Culture Pass" that provides admission to the state museums (Palace of the Governors, the New Mexico History Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Art) adjacent to the Plaza. The Palace of the Governors and New Mexico Museum of history feature historic documents and exhibits relating to the settlement of New Mexico and Santa Fe. The New Mexico Museum of Art offers changing exhibits by famous past and present artists of New Mexico and the Southwest. Other nearby museums and sites of interest include the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, dedicated to the work of this extraordinary artist, the Museum of Contemporary Native Art, the state capitol building, which features a unique architectural design and houses an impressive collection featuring work by New Mexican artists, and the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost so that you can enjoy what you like or sample the local fare. Santa Fe is known for the breadth and depth of its culinary offerings. There are a number of fine restaurants within walking distance of the Plaza. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and directions.

Afternoon: After meeting the motorcoach at a predetermined time and location we'll drive to Museum Hill for visits to the the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture features pottery, jewelry, sculpture, baskets, and other objects made by Native Americans from the earliest times to modern day, scrupulously documented and beautifully displayed. Most of the work is from the Southwest. The Museum of International Folk Art focuses on indigenous populations from around the world through their art – ranging from ceremonial dress and masks to furniture. The museum hosts the largest collection of international folk art in the world, including wings featuring some of the 106,000 pieces donated by collectors Alexander and Susan Girard and Lloyd Cotsen's Neutrogena collection. Depart for Albuquerque following our museum visits.

Dinner: At the hotel or a local restaurant.

Evening: Program closing.

DAY
6
Hotel checkout: 12:00 p.m.
Albuquerque, NM
B

Breakfast: In the hotel meeting room. Breakfast is the last meal included in the program.

Morning: Hotel checkout time is 12:00 pm. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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