New Mexico

New Mexico’s Conversos and Crypto-Jews in Santa Fe

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. 22854RJ
6 days
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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 conversos and Crypto-Jews who practiced their faith in secrecy traveled to the New World and finally to New Mexico. Here 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.
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Keep the Pace
Walking up to 2 miles a day over uneven terrain; standing up to one hour, some stairs. Elevations of 7,000 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Meet descendants of New Mexico conversos for personal insight.
  • Travel to Taos Pueblo via the High Road and learn about its fascinating history.
  • Explore the history of Santa Fe with an expert on New Mexico’s conversos and Crypto-Jews.

General Notes

For a less active version of this program, please see "New Mexico’s Conversos and Crypto-Jews" (#11007). It includes similar and complementary educational content and is based in Albuquerque.
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Jordi Gendra-Molina
Rabbi Jordan Gendra was born in Barcelona, Spain. He pursued rabbinic studies at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) in Philadelphia, and was ordained by RRC in June 2006. While a student at RRC, Rabbi Jordi gave many hours to helping other students with Talmud (Jewish law), Hebrew, Aramaic, and history. He holds a PhD in medieval Jewish history from Universitat de Girona in Spain and a master’s in Semitic languages, with a specialization in Hebrew and Aramaic, from the Universitat de Barcelona.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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