Friday, August 22, 6:30pm

Our very own Mendel, back from yeshivah in Israel, will speak about his experience in the Holy Land. Also joinig us will be Marganit Ramon, a visiting Israeli who worked in the Ministry of Education in Israel, who will speak about the Israeli education system. 

Zebulon will be cooking a delicious Morrocon Israeli dinner! 

Dinner sponsored by Peyton and Elaine Alexander 


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Friday, July 18, 6:30pm

With Israeli Prof. Dorit Ravid 

 Dorit Ravid is Professor at the School of Education and the Department of Communications Disorders, Tel Aviv University. She is a linguist and psycholinguist working on Hebrew language acquisition and the development of linguistic literacy in a usage-based framework. She is interested in understanding the emergence and consolidation of the lexicon and grammar across infancy, childhood and adolescence in the context of diverse linguistic typologies and communicative settings. She finds statistical learning and Construction Grammar extremely helpful in accounting for the structural and semantic patterning found in my studies.



Judaism and Finance

Friday, May 9 2014, 7:00pm


How Jewish values make for a better investor!

With Guest Speaker: Investment Broker Peter Wolk


Peter Barry Wolk is a financial professional currently employed by Lpl Financial (which manages $94.9 Billion in assets) in Miami Beach, Florida with over 36 years of experience. Peter is registered as an Investment Advisory Representative and is authorized to give investment advice to clients.


He is certified as a Chartered Financial Consultant or ChFC, which is earned by completing a comprehensive course of financial education, examinations, and practical experience. He graduated from the Wharton School of Economics. He is also a graduate of Suffolk University and is an attorney for estate planning and taxes. He is in Santa Fe for a Thornburg Investment Management Broker Conference 



  Community Shabbat Chanukah Dinner! 

Friday, November 29 2014, 4:30pm

Special Shabbat Chanukah dinner at Chabad with guest speaker Gloria Abella Ballen who will speak about her new book "The Power of the Hebrew Alphabet" and have a book signing before Shabbat. 

The Power of the Hebrew Alphabet is a fusion between mysticism, art, and Jewish spiritual traditions. Abella Ballen leads the viewer through the maze of twenty-two letters that changed the world. The letters brought us the stories of Abraham, Moses, and the Ten Commandments. The lyrical images of Abella Ballen spread across the pages in full color filled with insight into religious truths drawn from the well of Jewish traditions. 


Friday, August 16 2013, 7:00pm

Dinner at Chabad with the Roving Rabbis!

Mendy and Yudi!



Friday, July 19, 2013, 7:00pm


Fabric of Survival - Esther's Story

ESTHER NISENTHAL KRINITZ, along with her sister Mania, were the only members of their family, and among the few Jews in their Polish village, to survive the Holocaust. At the age of 15, Esther refused the Nazi order for the Jews to report to a nearby railroad station for relocation. She and her sister separated from their family and never saw them again. 
In 1977, at the age of 50, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz began creating works of fabric art to depict her stories of survival. Over a 20-year period she created a collection of 36 needlework and fabric collage pictures - 
Fabric of Survival  - which is now  a traveling exhibition .

Her daughter Bernice Steinhardt will share Esther's story at Shabbat Dinner


Friday, June 21, 2013, 7:00


My Awesome Year in Israel! 

By Mussi Levertov

Mussi was raised in Santa Fe and after four years of High School in Chicago, spent a year studying in the Holy City of Safed (Tzfat) in Northern Israel. She is now home and will share some amazing stories and experiences from an incredible year in the Holyland!




Friday Night, May 31, 6:30 pm

Join us for services and community dinner with Guest Speaker Israeli Attorney  David T. Osborne .

David Osborne, parner in Yigal Arnon & CO, advises on Mergers and Acquisitions for Israeli and international companies. His experience includes complex joint ventures, partnerships, mergers/competition law, investment and loan agreements and assisting Israeli companies in setting up suitable corporate structures for their international activities. 

David works with emerging growth technology companies and  co-heads the Family Wealth Management practice, advising high net worth private clients in Israel and abroad, with issues regarding the management of their family wealth. He is traveling to Washington, DC to represent the Israeli govenrment in meetings regarding the above.

David and his Artist wife Malka will also share the story of life in Israel, their sons in the IDF, and how they were inpsired by The Lubavitcher Rebbe.

This evening is dedicated to The life of the Rebbe whose 19th yartzait will be marked June 11

Services followed by Shabbat Dinner and speaker 

Does antisemitism color the way we see ourselves as Jews? 


By Author David Bedrick


Friday, April 19, 6:00pm

DAVID BEDRICK JD, Dipl. PW, spent eight years teaching psychology and philosophy on the faculty of the University of Phoenix and taught courses for the US Navy, 3M, the American Society of Training and Development, the Process Work Institute, and psychological associations. An expert in counseling individuals and couples, Bedrick blogs for Psychology Today and has received numerous awards for teaching, employee development and legal services to the community. He is the author of 



For more about David’s work go to .



 March 8, 5:45pm 

Guest speaker Shelly Levin will share his experience in WWII as a soldier in the US Army  Tenth Mountain Division


The evening is free, and is sponsored in part by Yaszmina Nedboy in honor of her mother Sally's 20th yartzait.



Humor in Judaism


By Dr. Samuel Roll


Friday, February 8, 2013, 5:30pm

If, as Freud proposed, dreams and free associations are the royal roads to the unconscious, then jokes are the less noble but still useful sneaky path. 

Understanding how humor works. What are the benefits of humor? When does humor fail? Understanding the particular and profound Jewish connection to humor?

Dr. Samuel Roll is Professor Emeriti at UNM Psychology Dept.


 Being Jewish from Broadway to the Met:

Was it good or bad?


November 16, 2012, 6:00pm  
 Guest Speaker Winnie Klotz

 Winnie was the official photographer to the Met for 27 years. Her photos have graced the covers and pages of books, CD’s, magazines and billboards in Times Square.


Spirited Shabbat Services! Warm Community! Great Food!


Sponsored by Jeffrey and Kristina Krenzel 



Kosher Tapas off the Plaza! 



August 17, 2012 7:00pm


Shabbat with  Frederic Chalisn 

Chief Conductor of the Santa Fe Opera and Music Director of Jeruslem Symphony Orchestra, will talk about "The Torah as my Portative Heimat (homeland)." 

 Enjoy a delightful variety of Kosher Shabbat cuisine right off the Historic Santa Fe Plaza!

Candle lighting followed by inspirational Kabbalat Shabbat services and Tapas dinner.

This event is free and sponsored by Peyton and Elaine Alexander 

At Yares Art Projects  
123 Grant Avenue 
Santa Fe, NM 87501 



July 20, 2012 7:00pm 


  By Fire Possesed, the life of Doña Gracia Nasi

Doña Gracia Nasi (1510–1569) was one of the wealthiest Jewish women of Renaissance Europe. She married into the eminent international banking and finance company known as the House of Mendes|Benveniste. She was the cousin and business partner of Joseph Nasi, who became a prominent figure in the politics of the Ottoman Empire. She also developed an escape network that saved hundreds of Conversos - forcibly converted Jews - from the terrors of the Inquisition.

Sandra K. Toro is an award-winning, best selling author who teaches creative writing at the University of New Mexico. She writes about Jewish life and history in her book  By Fire Possessed, Doña Gracia Nasi and  Princes, Popes and Pirates, the latter about the life of Joseph Nasi.

Toro teaches Jewish history as she narrates the lives of the most powerful Jewish family of the sixteenth century, the Mendes, who used their personal wealth to save thousands of Jewish families from the Inquisition, resettling them in the Ottoman Empire, which was friendly to Jews. In a review of By Fire Possessed about the life of Doña Gracia Nasi, Helen Horwitz observes, “Toro has based her story on real people. Moreover, she has woven through the narrative many rich details about the history and culture of 16th century Europe.” (Legacy, Vol.25, No. 1, 2011)

Writing about Princes, Popes and Pirates, in the Jewish Book World, Barbara Bibel says, “Sandra K. Toro continues the saga of the Nasi family … with the story of her nephew, Joseph Nasi, the Duke of Naxos…[who] has been in the courts of France, England, Flanders, the Vatican, and Venice. He has money and power, thanks to his aunt’s fortune. He is close to the Ottoman sultan, Selim, and helped him to develop the Ottoman navy, which controlled much of the Mediterranean. Despite all of his success, he is still in danger because he is a Jew.” In real life Joseph Nasi outwitted the Inquisition, the Church, and the Holy Roman Empire. His successes led to anti-Semitic representations of him in the literature of that day. Marlowe used the figure of Joseph Nasi to create “The Jew of Malta”, which Shakespeare later adapted into the figure of Shylock in “The Merchant of Venice.”

Toro is an officer of the Southwest Writers Association and is an active speaker on issues of writing and the representation of writers. In addition to being a writer, Toro has had a career on camera and as a producer of public affairs programs for ABC and PBS. She also served in high level government positions during the Carter and Clinton administrations.

Her books are available at  and also Amazon and other Online book sellers.



The Forgotten Ghetto


Friday, June 15, 7:00 pm 

Talk by Robert Mayer 

For 300 years, the Jews of Frankfurt, rich and poor, were imprisoned in a narrow ghetto, surrounded by 30-foot-high walls and locked gates. The place was notorious in its time, but has been all but forgotten. With intensive research and a sparkling imagination, Santa Fe journalist and author Robert Mayer has created as his 12th book a major historical novel that brings the people of the ghetto to life in all their loves and sorrows, laughter and travails  and explores how this obscene place ironically gave birth to the Rothschild family, the richest family in the history of the world. The novel is called The Origin of Sorrow. Longtime New York Times columnist Robert Lipsyte has called it "a masterpiece."

Born and raised in New York City, Robert Mayer worked for ten years as a Reporter and columnist for Newsday, before moving to Santa Fe to write books and articles. His journalism has appeared in Vanity Fair, the New York Times, theWashington PostGQ and many other national publications. In the 1990s he was editor of The Santa Fe Reporter. His books include The Dreams of AdaSuperfolksThe Execution and Sweet Salt, among others. He now teaches writing workshops in Santa Fe. 





Storytelling and Identity in the Digital Age

Friday, February 16, 6:00pm 

by Jason Silverman

Once upon a time, in the not-too-distant past, we learned about the world from our family, neighbors and spiritual leaders. Today, our stories often arrive from afar. Once, stories were told person to person. Today, many arrive electronically. How do these changes impact us as individuals, as neighbors, as community members and as spiritual beings? Jason will offer some food for thought about identity, belief and connection in the era of technological storytelling.

Jason Silverman is the Cinematheque Director at the Center for Contemporary Arts, a former film and media writer for Wired and a filmmaker. He was named a 2011 Sundance Fellow for his work-in-progress SEMBENE.



Talk by Mezzo-Soprano star Regina Sarfaty Rickless 


Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, 6:00pm



Regina is the daughter of a Sephardic Rabbi, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She was granted a scholarship to Julliard, where she met John Crosby the developer of the Santa Fe Opera; who then brought her to Santa Fe where she performed the role of Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, the first opera produced by the Santa Fe Opera, in 1957.


After living in Europe for thirty years, Regina now resides here in Santa Fe. 

Regina will share stories of her life, and impressions of Santa Fe in the 50’s through the eyes of a 21-year-old Jewish girl from Brooklyn.





 Join us for a Community  


Shabbat Chanukah Dinner!


Kabbalat Shabbat Services, Kidush, Challah, gefilte fish, latkes, sufganiyot  
and talk by Scholar in Residence

Rabbi Dov Greenberg
Back by popular demand!


Couldn’t the Greeks and the Jews Just Get Along?


Reflections on the relevance of the Festival of Lights


Seventh Night of Chanukah 
Friday, Dec. 14, 6:00pm 
Yares Art Project, 123 Grant Ave.

$25 • $20 before 12/10 • Sponsor $180


Sponsored by  Cynthia Kase Padota

Join us also for Shabbat Morning Services, Sat. 10:00am 
at Chabad followed by kidush and talk with Rabbi Greenberg



Rabbi Dov Greenberg is the executive director of the Rohr Chabad Jewish Student Center at Stanford University. He is a sought after communicator of Jewish thought and spirituality, who has lectured throughout the US, Israel, Europe and Canada. His essays on contemporary issues appear regularly in newspapers and are read by many online.  He lives with his family in Palo Alto, California. 





Shabbat Chanukah Dinner!

  • Inspirational Kabbalat Shabbat services
  • Full Shabbat Community Dinner
  • “My Journey from Santa Fe into the Israel Defense Force.”  
    19-year-old native Santa Fean Michael Marx recently made aliyah to Israel to study in yeshiva and serve in the IDF. He is currently on active duty in the Northern Israel on the Syrian border
  • Friday, Dec. 23, 5:30pm, Chabad Jewish Center
  • $20. $18 before 12/19.


Sept. 2, 7:00pm

Guest Speaker Steven Wyner, Owner Cartright's Plumbing


My Father The Pro Baseball Pitcher!

My father was born in Russia and came to this country with his family when he was seven years old in 1921. The spelling of are name was different when they came to this country. His name was Morris Jack Weiner. He finished high school and was a gifted baseball player. Back than there was not a lot of Jewish ball players so my dad was not sure if he would be able to put his talent to work. A friend told him that the Philly's were looking for ball players so he tried out and they signed him to a contract. He was on the mound and an accomplished pitcher.

After playing for four years in the pro's he had to have surgery on his arm and his time as a ball player was over. He than went to work for Standard Oil and we relocated to Minnesota. While it was difficult back than for Jew's to find a way to make a living my father was blessed to have the talent to play ball.

Sponsored by Peyton and Elaine Alexander



July 22, 7:00pm 
Guest Speaker Dr. Jeffrey Sollins, MD

Prayer and Healing a Scientific Approach

A discussion of the scientific evidenced based studies regarding the medical impact of Prayer, Spirituality and Forgiveness on patient care.

Jeff is the founder of Bridges in Medicine , and market-leader in integrative healthcare. He received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed his 3-year residency in internal medicine. Board Certified and a Diplomat of the American Board of Holistic Medicine, Jeff has served as Adjunct Clinical Faculty at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, as a member of the Catholic Healthcare Initiative, on the National Steering Committee for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and as a reviewer on the National Institutes of Health Grand Review Panel for the precursor to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. He is a member of the American College of Physicians, the Society of Internal Medicine, and the Greater Albuquerque Medical Association. His expertise in integrative care emerged during medical school as he studied various modalities of energy medicine, including zero balancing and therapeutic touch. Jeff expanded this expertise through work in emergency and internal medicine and through continuing education in a variety of integrative approaches to care. On the basis of these experiences, he has run emergency rooms, multi-specialty practices and an independent physician association. To balance his cutting edge work in the business of healthcare, Jeff practices holistic self-care through meditation, Japanese Shotokan karate, and music composition and performance. He applies his formal integrative healthcare training and personal experience in helping his multi-specialty practice and each patient align mind, body and spirit toward better health.



June 24, 7:00pm
by Guest Speaker Dov Gilor

Economics and Education in Israel
Shabbat Dinner, June 24, 7pm

Join us also for Saturday morning
services and community lunch
Life on a Yishuv
Saturday Lunch, June 25, 12pm


Dov Gilor is a graduate of Brooklyn College, Pratt Institute of Technology and Yeshiva University Graduate School of Education. Dov worked as a Systems Engineer for IBM, Israel. As part of his Israel Army service, he served in the Army Spokesman Unit and wrote for a technical military publication. Over the years he has worked as a database consultant for NASA in Florida, MET Life and Morgan Stanley. He is the author of "SQL Performance Tuning" - by John Wiley & Sons and sections of other database books.

He is as a columnist from Israel for the New York Jewish Press and also writes as a freelancer for other publications in the USA and Israel.

For the past 18 years He and his wife, Barbara, live in Hashmonaim, Israel in a four-generation with his son, grand children and some great-grandchildren.

He also served for several years as a voluntary police officer and as a community baseball coach.



May 13, 7:00pm

Guest Speaker Fred Nathan, founder of Think New Mexico

The American Jewish Society for Service, Think New Mexico and Tikkun Olam

Fred will talk about spending a summer in New Mexico with the American Jewish Society for Service when he was a teenager and talk as well about his work at Think New Mexico, an independent, results-oriented think tank serving New Mexicans.


Fred Nathan is the Founder and Executive Director of Think New Mexico, the state’s
independent, statewide, results oriented think tank.

Think New Mexico is best known for its successful campaigns to make full-day kindergarten accessible to every child and to repeal the state’s antiquated and regressive tax on food. Think New Mexico has also led successful initiatives to create a Strategic River Reserve to protect and restore New Mexico’s rivers, redirect millions of dollars a year out of the state lottery’s excessive operating costs and into full tuition scholarships and reform title insurance to lower closing costs for homebuyers and homeowners who refinance their mortgages.

Prior to founding Think New Mexico, Fred served as Special Counsel to New Mexico
Attorney General Tom Udall from 1991-1998. In that capacity, he was in charge of New
Mexico's successful $1.25 billion lawsuit against the tobacco industry. As Special Counsel, Fred also worked on several successful legislative initiatives relating to drunk driving, subdivision reform, campaign finance reform and increasing the criminal penalties from misdemeanors to felonies in New Mexico’s four major environmental protection laws.

Fred has served on a broad range of boards and commissions, which include the New Mexico Constitutional Revision Commission, the Governor's Blue Ribbon Tax Reform Commission, Governor Richardson Ethics Task Force and the Governor’s Budget Balancing Task Force. In addition, He is currently Chairman of the Board of the Rio Grande School, a small independent elementary school in Santa Fe and is a trustee of Williams College. Fred also served on the Board of Planned Parenthood of New Mexico for a half dozen years.

He was Chair of the Arroyo Hondo Open Space Committee, which raised more than $1 million to protect 88 acres of open space in Santa Fe.

He is a Phi Beta Kappa and Cum Laude graduate of Williams College and a Coro Foundation
Fellow. Fred lives in Santa Fe with his wife, Arlyn, and their three children.


Why Our Boys Are In Trouble

by Paul Golding

March 11, 2011

By most measures of achievement, boys are not doing well. They are not doing well compared, not only to girls, but also to how they did several decades ago in education, in health, and in the family. Paul Golding will talk about how we see this phenomenon in Santa Fe and in New Mexico. He will discuss its manifestations on several levels—in schools and in the family and in terms of the alarming absence of boys’ sense of purpose. Paul Golding has been studying this problem for several years through articles he has written for his newsletter, Santa Fe Boys ( ) and through a masters degree in psychology at the Pacifica Graduate Institute.


In a former life, before he moved to Santa Fe, Paul Golding received his
PhD in International Economics from the Fletcher School at Tufts
University and worked in Washington DC at several government agencies
including the International Trade Commission and the Agency for 
International Development. After moving to Santa Fe, he became involved
with the Big Brother Big Sister program both as President and as a Big
Brother. This experience piqued Paul's curiosity in the subject of boys
and how they are doing in school, home and community. He started the
Santa Fe Boys Newsletter. Feeling that boys need a stronger voice for their
advocacy, Paul has also organized the New Mexico Men's Council for Boys and
Young Men. Last November, this group held its second conference on Boys'
Education in New Mexico with over 400 in attendance in Albuquerque.
Paul has also completed a Masters Degree in Depth Psychology at the
Pacifica Graduate Institute and is about to write his PhD dissertation
on The Phenomenon of Being Stuck: A Depth Psychological Description of
the Decline of Boys.


Sponsor: Edna Sandoval R.Ph

 Jewish Pioneers of New Mexico

By Lance Bell, Past President of NM Jewish Historical Society

Friday, Feb. 4, 2010, 6:00pm

Born in Santa Fe from a family who has deep roots in New Mexico, Lance will share stories about Jewish life in the City Different (Santa Fe...) many years ago.


Souls, Holiness and Helping Others
Introduction to Chevra Kadisha

by Rick Light, Director
Chevra Kadisha of Northern New Mexico
Friday, Jan. 7, 2010, 6:00pm

Chevra Kadisha, is the Jewish Holy Burial Society community members who have made it their task to help souls transition to the afterlife. Tradition, rituals and the desire to help are the basis of the holy work of this society. This will be a glimpse into this important work which is being done in our community of Northern New Mexico.

Rick Light has been involved with Chevra Kadisha since 1996 when he started the Chevra in Los Alamos, New Mexico. During the past few years he has been instrumental in the formation of the Chevra Kadisha of Northern New Mexico, which is composed of members from 6 congregations in Los Alamos and Santa Fe. He has trained Chevra Kadisha members in how to perform Tahara procedures both locally, in Colorado, and at North American Chevra Kadisha and Jewish Cemetery Conferences. Rick has been invited to participate in these annual international conferences every year since 2006. In 2007 Rick was asked to become a member of the board of directors of the organization responsible for these conferences, Kavod v’Nichum, and is currently the Vice President of that board.


Chanukah Lights Shining in the Darkness

Chanukah, Friday, Dec. 3, 6:30pm
After Rwanda's genocide, came hope. After Haiti's earthquake, dignity rose from the rubble. As in the day of the Maccabees, light shines through the darkest hours of history.

Willa Shalit, CEO

In 1994 the African nation of Rwanda became known for a brutal, bloody Genocide. In the years that followed, a miracle of healing began to occur among women who had survived unspeakable horrors. A "Path to Peace" was found among the basket weavers in rural villages working together on the grassy greens of a thousand hills.

Haiti has a history of pride and creativity. Home to the only successful slave rebellion in the Caribbean, Haiti has long been known for a culture rich in spirituality and creativity. Then came the 1980s and 90s, years of failed governments and international stigma. By the time the January 2010 earthquake leveled Port au Prince, killing hundreds of thousands and leaving millions under thin plastic sheets without septic or fresh water, security or livelihood, the nation had been reduced to an immeasurable poverty. Where despair reigned, courage returned with artisan crafts and trade.

The miracle of the Channukah light is grounded in the history of impossible hopelessness. And G‑d still brings the light of hope to places of immeasurable tragedy.


Listening to the Messages from the Soul: Dreams, Chance Encounters, Obstacles and Symptoms

By Author Susan Vorhand

Friday, November 12, 6:00pm

Susan Vorhand is a psychotherapist and mosaic artist with a PhD in clinical psychology. Incorporating Torah and spiritual insights into therapy she creates a mosaic, a synthesized model for growing and healing. She has lectured and given workshops on her soul-centered approach to psychotherapy at home and abroad.

She is the author of The Mosaic Within: A Healing Alchemy of Self and Soul (Gaon Books, 2009).


Sukkot Dinner

With Guest Speaker Retired Judge Ira Robinson

Jews in Politics, Then & Now

Wednesday, Sept. 22 , 2010 6:30pm 
Services followed by dinner in our
New Expanded Sukkah!

Free. RSVP required. Sponsor $180

Ira Robinson served as three term County Chairman of the Democratic Party of Bernalillo County; as a Vice Chairman of the New Mexico Democratic Party, and on Democratic National Committee during the Clinton Administration. He also served as the DA of Bernalillo County, President ABQ school board. He served as probate judge and later as a judge on the New Mexico Court of Appeals.


Life is a Trip

By Judith Fein

Friday, August 20, 6:30

Talk and book-signing followed by services and dinner

When award-winning international travel journalist and acclaimed speaker Judith Fein hits the road, she says there is a neon sign on her back that reads: UNUSUAL JEWISH STORY? CONTACT ME.

Her brand-new book, LIFE IS A TRIP, has three tales about how being Jewish lands Judith in unusual and exotic locales and teaches her important life lessons—which she shares with her readers. The book has been endorsed by the editors of National Geographic Traveler and the Los Angeles Times.

Judith will speak for the first time about the Jewish content of her book. She will also sign copies of LIFE IS A TRIP. More about the book can be found at Judith has written for more than 90 major publications. She is the travel editor of the San Diego Jewish Journal, contributes to the Jerusalem Post, Hadassah magazine, and Jewish newspapers around the U.S. and Canada.

Nuevo Latino Dinner by Chef Carmen Rodriguez:

  • Reception/Appetizer: chipotle Honey Pepper Relish with Hand Made Corn Tortillas and corn strips, Fresh Fruit Salad
  • Soup: Roasted Corn and Chowder
  • Salad: Farmers market Beet and Jicama Salad and Sustainable Green Lime Vinaigrette
  • Entrée: Pollo con Rajas: Sliced chicken breast with fresh NM green chiles, Peppers and Onions and fresh basil
  • Served with: Challa, Steamed Cumin Infused Basmati rice, Cuban Style Black Beans
  • Dessert: lemon cake with fresh strawberries and mint.

Sponsored by Peyton and Elain Alexander



The Current State of US-Israel Relations

Friday, June 25, 7:00pm
Chabad Jewish Center

HALLEY S. FAUST, MD, MPH, MA , will speak about US and Israel relations at this time. to RSVP click here .

How I Sold My Business for $100 Million

Join us for an inpirational talk by Noah Alper, Founder of Noah's Bagels and Autor of Business Mensch: Timeless Wisdom for Today's Entrepreneur

Saturday, May 1, 2010, After morning services. Services at 9:30am. Lunch and talk at 12:30

Noah Alper is a consultant to aspiring entrepreneurs and a dynamic motivational speaker. His experience includes concept creation, marketing, retailing, food service and sales management. In his new book, he weaves together Jewish ethical teachings and over 35 years of business and non-profit management experience.

Six and a half years after founding Noah’s New York Bagels, he sold the business for $100 million. At that time, it was the largest Kosher retailer in the United States. He is also the founder of six other ventures, including the grocery store company, Bread & Circus, once the Northeast’s largest natural foods chain and now part of Whole Foods Market.

Noah has been a guest speaker at Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley; Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University; University of Wisconsin School of Business; as well as many national and local business and community groups. He is also a student advisor at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

Noah has been very involved in the Jewish community in the Bay Area. He was the founding president of the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, which is now in its ninth year, and he is still a member of that Board. He is vice-president of Congregation Beth Israel in Berkeley, CA, and has been a member of the board of the Jewish Community Foundation. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BA in Economics, and in 1997, he fulfilled a dream of living in Israel and attended the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. He grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

Birthday Celebration for Deva Martin and Cirel Levertov!
Deva and Cirel are turning three! Three is a special age - that's when formal Jewish education begins. Deva and Cirel are beggining to kindle their very own Shabbat candles! Join us for this special candle lighting ceremony as we welcome these youngsters into the line of Jewish women who observed this weekly ritual of bringing light into the home, dating back 3,800 years ago to our Matriarch Sarah

Then join us for services and dinner with a talk by Ron Duncan Hart
Walking to Esnoga with Monsieur Elbaz

Ron Duncan Hart

Casablanca is more than a movie, it is home for most of the 4,000 Jews of Morocco. This is one of the few Sephardic communities that is vital and functioning in its homeland. Jews have been there for an estimated 2,000 years and the traditions are deeply rooted. Ron was in Morocco with his wife Gloria Abella Ballen in October and November for the birth of the first grandchild (David) to their daughter, Vanessa Paloma and Maurice Elbaz. Ron was the sandek for the brit and later participated in the Pidyan Haben for this first-born son. Jewish life in Morocco centers around the extended family, community and the synagogue (esnoga), and morning minyan and mincha services are a normal part of daily activities. There are Jewish schools and clubs, kosher bakeries and restaurants, and houses are commonly kosher. The other grandparents, David and Margot Elbaz, incorporated us into their lives to experience how Jewishness permeates everyday life in that world.

Brief Bio

Ron Duncan Hart has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology (Indiana University) with postdoctoral work in Jewish Studies at Oxford University. He specializes in multi-cultural issues and Jewish communities. He is a former Dean of Academic Affairs, author of eight books and worked in Latin America for twenty years with UNICEF, the Ford Foundation and other international agencies. He has received awards to support his work from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, the National Science Foundation, Fulbright and others. He is Editor of Gaon Books.



How Judaism Affects My Work 
by Regina Scharf-Hoffman

January 15, 2010 , 5:15pm
At Chabad Jewish Center

Blogging the Environment:

Brazilian born, French citizen, married to an American – She is your ultimate globetrotter. She has lived most of her life in São Paulo – the crazy, impossible, lovely 17-million-people metropolis, but travelled extensively around Brazil in search of sanity.

After concluding my studies (Biology and Journalism) at Universidade de São Paulo, she worked for several media projects -daily papers Folha de S. Paulo and Gazeta Mercantil, and Veja weekly magazine – and non-profit organizations – such as Instituto Socioambiental, Instituto Akatu and Greenpeace. She also worked with former congressman Fabio Feldmann, an outspoken environmentalist, and several Brazilian corporations, namely Banco Real (Santander Group).

During my two-year-period living in Paris, in the nineties, she worked for Radio France Internationale. Since 2004 she has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.

She authored or co-authored several books on Environmental issues – all of them published in Portuguese. She was also honored by the 2002 Reuters-IUCN Press award for Latin America and by the 2004 Prêmio Ethos.



Friday, November 6, 2009, 6:00pm. $18/$20
NEW LOCATION! NEA, 2007 Botulph Street corner St. Michaels (
Map )

Sponsored by Tillery and Regina Dingler

Mexican Jews or Jewish Mexicans:
a perspective on Jewish immigration to Mexico in the twentieth century and the formation of the Mexican Jewish community.

Daniel Goldberg, Goldberg Lerner Productions Born and raised in Mexico City, Daniel is a graduate of the USC School of Cinema-Television. His documentary films include Halcyon, a visual poem about the art of diving starring Greg Louganis, March of the Living, following the voyage of a group of Mexican Jewish youths to the concentration camps of Poland, A Kiss to This Land, exploring the subject of Jewish immigration to Mexico in the 1920's and 1930's, Steps to Eternity, about the struggle of an elderly man in failing health to get to synagogue, and In the Footsteps of Abraham, about the spiritual journey of three men from Veracruz in their quest to convert to Judaism and pursue their religious and personal fulfillment in the Holy Land.

Daniel is here for:


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November 28, 4:45pm


Anti-Israel ideology on American university campuses and what can be done about it.


December 26 Chanukah, 4:45pm

at the Santa Fe Women's Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail


Jewish Comedy and Humor.


Dr. Richard Lieberman,  Owner and operator of Urgent Care Santa Fe, Los Alamos Urgent Care, and Valley First Care (Espanola)




January 23, 5:15pm

at the Santa Fe Women's Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail


Jewish travels of an inquisitive couple

Dr. Yehuda Patt,  UNM Oncology and Dr. Nurit Patt

Sponsored in part by Steve and Salley Lowen


February 27, 5:45pm

at the Santa Fe Women's Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail


Weaving Peace: The inspiring story. Modeling reconciliation and coexistence in an historic way.

Willa Shalit

,  Founder, Rwanda Path to Peace Project.



Sponsored by Judy Moore-Kraichnan in loving memory of her husband Robert Harry Kraichnan 



Tuesday, March 10, 5:00pm


Fiddler on the Roof Purim Celebration and Dinner at Eldorado Hotel!

Purim! at the Eldorado Hotel $20. Children $10.  
After 3/5/09 $25/$15. Sponsor $180  
click here for reservations


March 27, 6:00pm

at the Santa Fe Women's Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail


Persevering in trying times


Larry Goldstone,  CEO, Thornburg Mortgage.



Wednesday, April 8, 6:45pm

Community Passover Seder 
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 April 24, 6:00pm


Jewish Iraqi history from the 18th Century to Present, Part II


Rivka Goldman,  Author: Mama Nazima's Jewish-Iraqi Cuisine: Cuisine, History, Cultural References, and Survival Stories of the Jewish-Iraqi.




Tuesday, May 12, 5:00pm


Lag B’omer Hike & BBQ

at the home of Drs. Yehuda and Nurit Patt 
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May 29, 5:30pm


Annual Shavuot dairy dinner and reading of the Ten Commandments.


Talmudic Thinking and American Law


Stephen Hochberg,  Retired Jurist 






July 17, 7:00pm


Jewish View of Greed

Dr. Halley Faust Bioethicist and business ethicist, Clinical Assoc. Professor, University of New Mexico and co-founder, Santa Fe Ethics Grroup 





August 21, 7:00pm


From Melbourne to Taos. Tikun Olam in today’s world


Rabbi Eli Kaminetzky,  
Founder, Chabad Taos, NM


Sponsored by Elaine and Peyton Alexander