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
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This program made Jewish history in America come to life! Meeting modern descendants of those who were forced to convert to Catholicism, hearing about the choices some of them have made to return to Judaism, and getting to know Rabbi Jordi enhanced my understanding of the history of the Inquisition.


Excellent program - outstanding group leader; learned so much about Converso and Crypto Jews and early American history, specifically in New Mexico; great accommodations; fun area to explore for art, history, food, and environment.


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I find the website easy to use and provides a good amount of information.


An extremely enlightening and educational experience...introduced me to a part of my Jewish heritage I knew very little about...fascinating to learn the blending of cultures, including the American Indian history and lifestyle.


This was an intellectually stimulating and rewarding experience that I would recommend without reservation not just for those who are interested in the Jewish experience and the American Southwest but for those who want to learn more about the world in which they live.


This was a well-organized, beautifully planned adventure that taught me so much about a fascinating topic! I am now a Road Scholar fan!


We had a wonderful week on this trip. We learned about Crypto Jews from an historical as well as a modern perspective. The classroom time was interesting and engaging, and we truly learned a great deal. The play we attended was excellent, and the trip to Taos was great!


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It was a great learning experience that I had no knowledge of before. The instructor and interviews were excellent. Accommodations were first class.

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This was an excellent trip explaining the often-hidden Jewish history of the early settlers of northern New Mexico. The lectures were interesting and informative and the visits to local artists and other related activities enhanced my understanding of the unique history of the area. The trip included a visit to the Taos Pueblo, where we were fortunate to witness a dance in honor of the Feast of Saint Anthony. While not all activities have a Jewish-oriented focus, a general understanding of Judaism will enhance a participant's overall experience. The hotel is in an excellent location for walking to the many nearby museums and shops during the ample free time, and the public transportation (a free shuttle in the historic area and $.50 rides for seniors on the bus system) makes it easy to visit locations further from the hotel. Tips: Santa Fe has an elevation of about 7200 feet, which can cause altitude sickness in some people. Bring ibuprofen, which helps mitigate the symptoms. (Acetaminophen does not work) Also pack a hat or small umbrella in case of rain (common on early summer afternoons) and for protection from the sun and bring sunscreen.

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