04 April 2009

Crypto Jews Presentation at Rio Rancho Library

From the Albuquerque Journal, April 2nd edition:

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Speaker To Talk on Crypto-Jews

Albuquerque Journal

By Rob Nankin Esther Bone Memorial Library

The Esther Bone Memorial Library in cooperation with the Historical Society of New Mexico will present a program on the hidden Jews of New Mexico. The program will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Dr. Stanley M. Hordes is the guest lecturer and the title of his talk is “The Sephardic Legacy in New Mexico: A History of the Crypto-Jews.” Dr. Hordes is an adjunct research professor at the Latin American and Iberian Institute of the University of New Mexico. He received his Master of Arts in Latin American history from UNM in 1973 and his Ph.D. from Tulane University in 1980.

Hordes did his doctoral dissertation on “The Crypto-Jewish Community of New Spain, 1620-1649: A Collective Biography.” This dissertation was based on research conducted in the archives of Mexico and Spain, supported by a Fulbright dissertation fellowship.

The talk will focus on the crypto-Jews of New Mexico, from their origins in the forced conversions of Spain in the 14th and 15th centuries down to the recent past. Ties to the Hispanic community will be discussed, including similar customs such as the Jewish Sabbath, dietary laws and lighting candles on Friday evenings.

The library is offering this program with the funding provided by the Historical Society of New Mexico. The society is paying the speaker fee for Hordes. There is no prior registration or tickets required to attend. If you need directions to the library or require more information, please call 891-5012, extension 3128....

...The Esther Bone Library is at 950 Pinetree Road SE in Rio Rancho and you may call 891-5012, extension 3128, for further information....

Rob Nankin is branch manager at the Esther Bone Memorial Library.

Link to the Library website

Thank you to my wife, Nancy Douglas de Baca, for the information about this program.

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