Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A New Milestone: 252,754 Page Views

To Life! To Life! L'Chaim!  On October 1, 2014, at 1:31 pm New Mexico (Mountain) Time, this Abq Jew Blog achieved 252,754 All Time Page Views.

The actual number 250,000 - a quarter of a million! - All Time Page Views was achieved, then surpassed, during Rosh Hashanah, when Abq Jew sort of lost track.

We achieved 238,783 All Time Page Views
on September 1, 2014 - just one month ago.
That's about 460 Page Views per Day.
Thank you!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Gary King @ Congregation Albert

Brotherhood Breakfast & Open Forum: No, Abq Jew does not get very excited about New Mexico's political campaigns. But this event could be interesting.

And, there's breakfast.

Brotherhood Breakfast & Open Forum
Gubernatorial Candidate
Attorney General Gary King
Congregation Albert
Sunday October 5 ~ 10:00 am

Congregation Albert Brotherhood scheduled its 2014 debate between New Mexico Gubernatorial candidates for Sunday October 5. Governor Susana Martinez declined the invitation to debate her opponent.

The event will now be a Candidate Breakfast and Forum with Gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Gary King.

Congregation Albert Brotherhood has hosted candidate debates for more than 50 years, welcoming candidates for Mayor, US Senate, US House of Representatives, Governor, Attorney General and other offices. King accepted the invitation promptly, and Congregation Albert Brotherhood will maintain its public service tradition of making candidates’ views on matters of interest available to both the congregational and local community.

King will be present during the famous and delicious breakfast, after which he will speak on issues of the day that are important to New Mexicans. He will answer questions and visit with the audience.

$10 for Brotherhood and Sisterhood members. $12 community. Reservations are requested, and can be made by calling (505) 883-1818 extension 3203 or by emailing

And while we're talking, please don't forget

And if you haven't already

And get ready for Yom Kippur with

Let your spirit soar!
G'mar chatima tova!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Don't Let Go!

Rosh Hashanah 5775: Remember the Ein Prat Fountainheads? Abq Jew blogged about them just before Rosh Hashanah 5772 (see Rosh HaShanah) and plenty of other times.

The Fountainheads are a group of young Israeli dancers, singers, actors and artists, all graduates and students of the Ein Prat Academy for Leadership, who have have joined forces to create new Jewish artistic content for today's Jewish World.

All members of the group have spent time living and studying at the Ein Prat Academy, working to create a new Israeli-Jewish identity and building a strong and diverse community that celebrates Jewish life.

Well, in any case - The Fountainheads are incredibly excited to share their brand new Rosh Hashanah video for 5775 - "Don't Let Go!"

This video is about improving yourself and contributing to a better world. What resolution will you make this year?

It's a new season and a new year, with great opportunities 
to change yourself for the better.
Don't Let Go!

 And in case you missed 5772's Best. RH. Video. Ever.

No apples, pomegranates, babies, or smartphones
were harmed in the filming of this video.
Please don't feed babies honey.


Shana Tova u'Metuka, Albuquerque!
A Good & Sweet Year, New Mexico!

Friday, September 19, 2014

For Rosh Hashanah 5775

Chocolat Menta Mastik: Almost one year ago, at Noah time (see It's Noah Time!), it was Abq Jew's honor and pleasure to bring you

Chocolat, Menta, Mastik (שוקולד מנטה מסטיק)
Chocolat, Menta, Mastik (שוקולד מנטה מסטיק: Chocolate, Mint, Gum) was an Israeli female musical trio, active in the 1970s, composed of Yardena Arazi, Ruthie Holzman and either Tami Azaria (1972-1973) or Leah Lupatin. All the girls served in the IDF as part of the Nahal Ensemble.  
The trio performed both in Israel and Internationally, especially after being the 1976 entry to the Eurovision Song Contest in The Hague.
Here they are again, singing  a Rosh Hashanah favorite.

This is for no reason except that Abq Jew is feeling old and sentimental.

He has just returned from a wonderful week in Long Island, where he and Mrs Abq Jew visited with family and friends, celebrated the wedding of Jan and Justin Vandow, and dined at Ben's Kosher Deli in Manhattan.

But the highlight of the trip? Abq Jew finally (after two whole entire months) got to meet his second granddaughter, Violet Olivia.

Shabbat Shalom, Albuquerque!
Good Shabbos, New Mexico!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Screens from a Survey

What to Expect: Yes, Abq Jew announced way back in February (see Jews Don't Count and Pew, Feh, Ich, Yich) and reiterated on Erev Labor Day (see Starting to Count Jews) that

The Jewish Federation of New Mexico has commissioned
the first ever scientific study to determine the community’s demographic composition, assess current needs of
Jewish residents, and plan for the future. 

Well, it's now official. If by some chance you were not among those fortunate few (or fortunate many - Abq Jew doesn't really know) to receive a phone call from the Survey in the last couple weeks

It is now up to you to take action by clicking here
and completing the online questionnaire.

And if you were looking for it - here is the official Survey invitation.

Once you click here or there or on any graphic in this blog post, you will be warmly welcomed to the Jewish Demographic Survey of New Mexico.

The Survey gets down to tachlis pretty quickly.

How important is being Jewish in your life?

Abq Jew knows how he would answer that question, because that's how he answered that question. But he is not going to tell you, because all individual answers to the Survey are completely confidential.

It nevertheless goes without saying (although Abq Jew is saying it) that

The general or aggregate results will be shared
with all synagogues and Jewish organizations in New Mexico
to help better serve the needs of our people.

No, Abq Jew is not going to show you all the Survey's questions. But he is going to show you this one, especially for its suggested responses, of one of which he is particularly proud.

Thanks for the shout-out, JFNM!
Readers! Show Abq Jew some love!

Abq Jew would like to report that 

There are sizable cash rewards for completing the Survey.

But there aren't. All you get is this screen.

And the screen should be enough, although a T-shirt would be better. After all, your honest answers will

help to create a better understanding of Jews in New Mexico  - our age and gender structure, place of residence, education level, migration patterns, affiliation and conversion rates.

Mazeltov & Bracha!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

5775 Community Selichot Service

5775 is Just Around the Corner: And thus, it is time for the Albuquerque Jewish community's annual observance of Selichot, with this year's special guests - violinists Jeff & Ian Brody.

Community Selichot Service
Congregation B'nai Israel
Saturday Evening ~ September 20
with violinists Jeff & Ian Brody

The service will be led by Rabbis Deborah Brin, Arthur Flicker, Min Kantrowitz and Harry Rosenfeld and Cantor Barbara Finn.

Woven within the traditional prayers and liturgy will be musical interludes by violinists Jeff Brody and his son Ian. Their repertoire will include an arrangement of Shalom Aleichem, niguns, selections by Ernest Bloch and the Bruch Kol Nidre.

Meditation service at 7:00, Havdalah at 7:30. At 7:45, a discussion of the musical themes of the High Holy Days, conducted by Cantor Barbara Finn. Then classes on High Holy Days traditions and practices, taught by the four rabbis.

Selichot service at 9:00, and our traditional reception, sponsored by the Yudin Selichot Memorial Fund, at 9:45. The Bobrick family, assisted by Sisterhood members, will prepare the delicious buffet for this part of the evening.

And don't forget -

Friday, September 12, 2014

Golem @ ¡Globalquerque! 2014

Golem Rocks: Abq Jew is pleased to announce that the klezmer-rock band Golem will be performing at this year's ¡Globalquerque!

¡Globalquerque! presents Golem
National Hispanic Cultural Center
Saturday September 20 @ 6:00 pm

And just to let you know -
Klezmer-rock band Golem was founded by Annette Ezekiel Kogan in New York City in 2000. 
Since then, the band (Annette Ezekiel Kogan, Aaron Diskin,Jeremy Brown, Curtis Hasselbring, Taylor Bergren-Chrisman, Tim Monaghan) has become a leading re-interpreter and innovator of Yiddish and Eastern European music, pushing tradition forward into the 21st century.  
Golem performs nationally across the United States and internationally, in clubs and festivals in France, Germany, Poland, Sweden and Mexico.
After a self-released album, Homesick Songs (2004), Golem released two albums, Fresh Off Boat (2006) and Citizen Boris (2009) on the independent Jewish label Jdub Records.

Their new release, Tanz (2014), on the prestigious Mexican label Corasón Digital and produced by Tony Maimone of Pere Ubu, marks a conscious move into new territory, with mainly original material.
The album was released to great critical acclaim, and was reviewed on the NPR program "Fresh Air."  
Golem's music has been featured in several films and documentaries from the U.S., Germany and Russia, and most recently the band performed on an episode in season 4 of the hit television show, "Louie."  
Golem is known for its virtuosic musicianship, theatricality, humor and fearless wild energy, combined with a boundless love of tradition. 
Golem is “not your father’s klezmer band, unless of course your father was Sid Vicious” (Jewish Week).
Want to know what Golem sounds like? Here is a sample:

If you're thinking of a more
traditional way to pass the evening -

And don't forget -

Shabbat Shalom, Albuquerque!
Good Shabbos, New Mexico!