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Adventures Online: New Mexico’s Conversos & Crypto-Jews

Learn the history and experience the unique culture of Conversos and Crypto-Jews — Jewish citizens who were forced to leave Spain — during this fascinating online learning adventure.
Program No. 24192RJ
Length
5 days
Starts at
499
Online Program

Adventures Online: New Mexico’s Conversos & Crypto-Jews

Learn the history and experience the unique culture of Conversos and Crypto-Jews — Jewish citizens who were forced to leave Spain — during this fascinating online learning adventure.
Length
5 days
Starts at
499
Program No. 24192 RJ
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At a Glance

Immerse yourself in the history of the Conversos and Crypto-Jews of New Mexico during this cutting-edge, online learning adventure. Meet local experts and members of these special communities live from New Mexico. Learn about the Alhambra Decree that forced Spain’s Jewish citizens to either convert to Christianity or flee the country during the 15th century, and how many of these people ended up in New Mexico. Hear how Jewish traditions melded with those of the people of Southwest and consider how many of these customs have survived until today. Throughout your online experience, you’ll enjoy lectures, presentations and Q&A sessions, as well as opportunities to connect with your fellow Road Scholars through lively discussion.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Join Rabbi Min Kantrowitz, Director of Shutafim: New Mexico Jewish Community Connections, for a series of insightful lectures into the history of Sephardic Judaism from Spain to New Mexico.
  • Meet a member of the New Mexico Conversos community to gain insight into their culture and heritage.
  • Enjoy a panel discussion led by our experts on the past, present and future of the Conversos and Crypto-Jews in New Mexico.

General Notes

Your online program will include 2-3 hours of daily instruction, discussion and/or field trips. Please review the daily itinerary for start and end times to ensure you won’t miss a minute of this live and in person experience. This live online experience is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. We’ll provide a how-to guide to make sure you’ll have a hassle-free experience. This session is offered live only and will not be available on demand.
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Min Kantrowitz
Rabbi Min Kantrowitz is a Rabbis Without Borders fellow based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She directed the New Mexico Jewish Community Chaplaincy Program for 12 years, serving unaffiliated Jews throughout the state through pastoral care and spiritual counseling. She currently teaches privately in a variety of venues. A 2004 graduate of the Academy for Jewish Religion, California, a transdenominational Jewish seminary, she is the author of "Counting the Omer: A Kabbalistic Meditation Guide."

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

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Min Kantrowitz View biography
Rabbi Min Kantrowitz is a Rabbis Without Borders fellow based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She directed the New Mexico Jewish Community Chaplaincy Program for 12 years, serving unaffiliated Jews throughout the state through pastoral care and spiritual counseling. She currently teaches privately in a variety of venues. A 2004 graduate of the Academy for Jewish Religion, California, a transdenominational Jewish seminary, she is the author of "Counting the Omer: A Kabbalistic Meditation Guide."
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Ron Duncan Hart is a cultural anthropologist, writer, editor and translator who has focused his studies on Jewish folklore and Sephardic traditions. He has taught anthropology at universities around the world including Georgia State and the University of the Andes in Bogotá, and has worked in South America with UNICEF and the Ford Foundation. The author of more than a dozen books on religion and social change, Ron has received awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, the National Science Foundation, and Fulbright, among others.
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Maria Apodaca View biography
Maria Apodaca’s family has been in New Mexico since 1598. She comes from the B'nai Anusim, people who were forced to convert to Catholicism in the 14th century. Maria is active as a member of congregation Nahalat Shalom; is a founder and board member of Centro Sefarad NM, a Sephardic heritage program of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico; and active in the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies. She is the event coordinator for the Festvial Djudeo-Espanyol festival, and a co-leader of the monthly Sephardic dinner.
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Christopher Gibson View biography
Christopher Gibson is an award-winning artist, writer and arts educator who makes his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work includes the Cuentos del Camino series on lower Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe and mixed-media installations at numerous museums in New Mexico and California. Over the years he has written several articles on Hispanic Arts and Culture for the magazines Tradición Revista and Imagen.
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Vannetta Perry View biography
Dr. Vannetta Perry is a retired educator and lifelong resident of New Mexico who is deeply rooted in the southwest. Her family homesteaded and ranched in Southwestern New Mexico and farmed in West Texas. As an educator, Dr. Perry worked in the university setting, teaching biology and directing science outreach programs. Her love for travel was sparked when she led research studies in developing countries. Since retiring, Dr. Perry has continued to share her love of travel and education as a travel director and leader.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism
by Goldstein, Phyllis
New Mexico's Crypto-Jews: Image and Memory
by Soltes, Ori Z. (Introduction), Carl Herz (Photographer)
A photographic tribute to the New Mexican descendants of the Crypto-Jews, a subsect of Europeans who were forced to convert to Catholicism during the Spanish Inquisition. Though publically they were Catholic, the Crypto-Jews continued to privately practice their Jewish faiths. Black-and-white photos are supplemented with essays.
Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inquisition, and the Defeat of the Moors
by Reston, James Jr.
The Mezuzah in the Madonna's Foot
by Alexy, Trudi
New Mexico, A History
by Joseph P. Sanchez
This cooperative effort between three native New Mexicans is the first complete history of New Mexico. It charts the state’s development from 16th-century Spanish colony to frontier province, from its 1912 American statehood to a hub of (often classified) scientific research. A vital source for anyone seeking to understand the complex history of the West.
Sephardim in the Americas
by Cohen, Martin and Peck, Abraham J.
The Spanish Inquisition
by Cecil Roth
This documents the events leading up to the Inquisition, the torment that spread from Spain to Portugal and the New World -- a fascinating exploration of the roots of the Inquisition and its effects on the country.
To the End of the Earth
by Hordes, Stanley M.
After encountering New Mexicans who abstained from eating pork and lit candles on Friday night, Hordes realized these practices were passed down from the early crypto-Jewish settlers. He follows the legacy of the crypto-Jews from their origins in medieval Spain and Portugal through their settlement in New Spain and current reemergence of their culture and practices within the Hispano community.
The Jews of Spain
by Jane S. Gerber
A straightforward, readable history of Jewish life in Spain. The book covers life in Spain up to the expulsion of the Jews in 1492, and continues with chapters on the Sephardic diaspora.
Sephardim
by Diaz-Mas, Paloma
The Story of the Jews, Finding the Words 1000 BC-1492 AD
by Simon Schama
A marvelously readable, far-reaching chronicle of three thousand years of Jewish history.
Pueblo Nations: Eight Centuries of Pueblo Indian History
by Joe Sando
An expansive history of the Indian Pueblos of New Mexico from a Native American perspective. The book explores the origins of the tribe to its current struggles to maintain sovereignty, land and water rights.
Pioneer Jews: A New Life in the Far West
by Rochlin, Harriet and Fred
The Marrano Legacy: A Contemporary Crypto-Jewish Priest Reveals Secrets of his Double Life
by Alexy, Trudi





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