The New Mexico Jewish Link has been published by the Jewish Federation of New Mexico since 1971. The mission of the New Mexico Jewish Link is to help keep Jewish individuals and communities within the state—the largest geographic catchment area of any Federation in the United States–connected, informed, and engaged.
The New Mexico Jewish Link has received national attention for the quality of its journalism. In 2015, Diane J. Schmidt was honored with the American Jewish Press Association’s Rockower Awards for her news reporting and photography.
We’re proud to introduce you to the staff and contributors of the New Mexico Jewish Link and the New Mexico Jewish eLink.
Zachary Benjamin: Publisher New Mexico Jewish eLink
Zachary Benjamin joined the Jewish Federation of New Mexico as its executive director in 2015, bringing a decade of nonprofit experience and a deep commitment to the welfare of global Jewry to the Land of Enchantment. Most recently, he oversaw Asia-Pacific and Middle East operations, along with global volunteer and governance structures, for the National Association of Realtors. As a volunteer, he has served a number of Jewish causes and travels regularly to Israel. Zach holds a master of arts from Columbia University and a bachelor of science from Northwestern University.
As Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico, Zach is also the publisher of the New Mexico Jewish Link and the online version, New Mexico Jewish eLink
Sara Koplik is the director of community outreach for the Jewish Federation of New Mexico. In that capacity, she is the editor of the New Mexico Jewish Link and New Mexico Jewish eLink, and the director of the Aaron David Bram Hillel House at the University of New Mexico. Koplik holds a doctorate in Middle Eastern history from the School of Oriental and African Studies and is the author of A Political and Economic History of the Jews of Afghanistan.
Diane Joy Schmidt, an independent journalist and photojournalist, won two national first-place American Jewish Press Association Rockower awards about the Hillel students who stopped anti-Israel BDS resolutions at the University of New Mexico, and two regional Society of Professional Journalists awards, first-place in education reporting for “The Long Walk and the Holocaust” and second-place for columns from the Jewish perspective. In 2016, as a Journalist in Aging fellow, she is writing a series on the spiritual benefits and practical challenges of aging for Jewish people in New Mexico. Read more at www.dianejoyschmidt.com
Greta Weiner is a content creator and manager as well as a social media manager. She freelance writes articles and blogs for websites. She has over 30 years of experience in advertising and marketing starting with a Journalism degree from the University of Missouri Journalism School. She writes articles for the link, handles some of our advertising clients, and also created and manages our website. For more information: www.gretaweiner.com
Marc Yellin, aka Abq Jew, was born in Brooklyn, New York, before the Dodgers left for the Coast. March received a B.S. in Engineering & Applied Science from UCLA before Silicon Valley had become Silicon Valley. After years of study at the Jewish Theological Seminary, including two semesters n the Mechina (Preparatory) Program of their Ravvinical School, he received and M.A. in Education. During his long career as a technical writer (combining Engineering and Eduation), Marc worked for a series of companies on a series of projects that were sold, transferred, shut down or defunded. Now semi-retired, March spends his time on his websites and his blog. Marc’s contribution to the New Mexico Jewish Link and eLink includes handling our events calendars.