By Schelly Talalay Dardashti
The eighth annual Festival Djudeo-Espanyol will take place the weekend of April 13-15, 2018, at Congregation Nahalat Shalom in Albuquerque. Here are preliminary program highlights:
· The event will spotlight santero and retablo artist Dr. Charles Carillo, who will speak on his extensive research into historical Jewish references in retablos. He will also create work especially for the festival.
· Nahalat Shalom’s Cantor Beth Cohen will perform a Sephardic music concert.
· Salome Martinez Lutz will direct a staged dramatic Spanish reading of the poetry of exiled 17th-century Spanish Jewish poet Jao Pinto Delgado.
· Photographer AJ Goldman will speak on Jewish “Indiginaity,” drawing from his own Navajo and Jewish heritage.
· Rabbi Jordi Gendra-Molina will lead the Sephardic Shabbat dinner and Saturday morning Sephardic services, and more!
The entire Jewish community is welcome to attend all events. Registration and ticket prices will be announced in the near future.
The Festival is run under the umbrella of Casa Sefarad, a 10-year program of Congregation Nahalat Shalom that gathers and unites the Sephardic Jews of New Mexico. Known as conversos, crypto-Jews or b’nai anusim, the group gathers for celebration, community and learning. Programs include monthly Shabbat dinners, art exhibits, readings, concerts and dance. Casa Sefarad also raises awareness of Sephardim across the Jewish community of New Mexico, regardless of origin.
Casa Sefarad provides an open door to those seeking a way into the Jewish community, and provides resources for genealogical research and Spanish/Portuguese citizenship. It ensures continuity for our younger and future generations, who learn about their ancestors and family traditions.
This year, Casa Sefarad has been honored with a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of New Mexico.
For more on the festival as announcements are made, join the mailing list. Send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject: Festival.