Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Summer 2018 @ OASIS Albuquerque

Great Courses
Abq Jew is pleased to inform you that
OASIS Albuquerque has just announced
their Summer 2018 line-up of classes!
Registration opens on
Wednesday May 2
but you can Wish List your selections now.

OASIS Albuquerque Executive Director Kathleen Raskob continues (as always) to bring you new and interesting class offerings, and continues to make sure there are plenty of courses of Jewish interest.

This session's courses and instructors include but are by no means limited to:

Challah Rising in the Desert: Film & Discussion
Tue 22 May 2018 @ 1:00 mm - #18
Instructor: Paula Amar Schwartz
What It Is: Celebrating the history and people of New Mexico's unique Jewish community, the documentary film Challah Rising in the Desert examines how challah bread represents the waves of Jewish settlement into the Southwest. Included are stories of the Conversos/Anusim escaping the Spanish Inquisition, the German-Jewish pioneers of the Santa Fe Trail in the 1800s, scientists at Los Alamos in the 1940s, and the counterculture movement of the 1960s. Producer Paula Amar Schwartz introduces the film and leads a Q&A discussion.

Jewish Scientists at Los Alamos During the Manhattan Project
Fri 15 June 2018 @ 10:30 am - #115
Instructor: Jack Shlachter
What It Is: Between 1943 and 1945, an incredible collection of scientists was recruited to a secret site in northern New Mexico to design and assemble the first atomic weapons. Many of these scientists were Jewish, and this talk provides some biographical details and anecdotes about some of the more colorful individuals. Though none had strong levels of observance, their Jewishness nonetheless is apparent in various ways.

Love in the Bible
Thu 05 July 2018 @ 10:30 am - #89
Instructor: Shlomo Karni
What It Is: Explore love in the lives of several biblical figures in its various aspects -- conjugal, parental, filial, fraternal, bromantic -- beauty marks, warts, and all. Among those figures are the Patriarchs and several kings, with their families, and other characters throughout the Bible. And then there is the Song of Songs, an ode to the joys of sensual love between a young shepherd and his fair maiden.

Ethiopian Jews in Israel
Wed 11 July 2018 @ 10:30 am - #47
Instructor: Irene Fertik
What It Is: The exodus of Ethiopian Jews from Ethiopia to Israel in the 1970s required great sacrifice. Moving from isolated mountain villages into modern society meant huge adjustments. Israelis heard of their devotion to their faith and the hardship of their journey and welcomed them (at first) with open arms. Today, they contend with some outright racism and the lowest standard of living as a group. For 25 years, Irene Fertik has photographed their absorption and transition to their new/old world.

Out of the Ghetto: The Emancipation of European Jewry
Wed 18 & 25 July 2018 @ 10:30 am - #50
Instructor: Noel Pugach
What It Is: In the late 18th and early 19th centuries Jews were released from the ghettos in Western and Central Europe and, beginning with the French Revolution, Jews were accorded citizenship. The process was not always smooth, but cautiously and hesitantly they were readmitted to European society. The result was the Modern Jew, and Jewry would never be the same. In this course, Noel Pugach examines the causes and process of Emancipation and analyzes the far-reaching effects.

Coping With Sadness & Tragedy in Jewish Tradition
Thu 19 July 2018 @ 10:30 pm - #92
Instructor: Paul Citrin
What It Is: Over millennia, Jews have had to deal with communal and personal times of stress and tragedy. Despite dark events, Jews have found ways of coping and paths to resilience, to avoid negativity, and to reach for meaningful life. We examine what those rituals and strategies are which enable Jews to persevere, and which apply to all people.

Regular OASIS Albuquerque instructor (and award-winning composer and recording artist) Jane Ellen also continues (as always) to bring you new and interesting class offerings, and continues to make sure there are plenty of courses of musical and Jewish interest.

Jane's courses this session include but are by no means limited to:

Ronnie, Lee, Fred, & Pete: The Weavers
Mon 11 June 2018 @ 10:30 am - #65
What It Is: The Weavers, one of the most significant popular music groups of the postwar era, was formed in 1948 by Ronnie Gilbert (1926-2015), Lee Hays (1914-81), Fred Hellerman (1927-2016), and Pete Seeger (1919-2014). After securing a steady gig at New York's Village Vanguard, the group was discovered by Gordon Jenkins who put them on the charts with original arrangements of "Goodnight, Irene" and "Tzena, Tzena, Tzena." The Weavers saw their career nearly destroyed during the Red Scare of the early 1950s.

The Israeli Madonna: Ofra Haza
Wed 20 June 2018 @ 10:30 am - #67
What It Is: Ofra Haza (1957-2000) rose from poverty to represent Israel in the Eurovision contest in 1983. First achieving fame with songs inspired by Yemenite Jewish and Hebrew culture, she became an actress and a Grammy Award-nominee recording artist commonly known as the Israeli Madonna. Film audiences will remember her vocal performances from The Prince of Egypt (1998) and The King and I (1999). To fans of her music, she will always be Israel's greatest pop star.

Reelin' In The Years: Steely Dan
Fri 22 June 2018 @ 10:30 am - #68
What It Is: Walter Becker (1950-2017) and Donald Fagen (1948- ), better known as the core of the American jazz rock band Steely Dan, helped propel their innovative band to success through a combination of jazz, pop, and R&B; state of the art studio production; and musically sophisticated songs featuring cerebral lyrics, like "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," "Hey Nineteen," and "Reelin' in the Years." Rolling Stone magazine has called them "the perfect musical antiheroes for the Seventies."

How Jewish-Americans Changed Popular American Music
Part 3: Moving Music Into the 21st Century
Thu 26 July 2018] @ 1:00 pm - #73
What It Is: This three-part series will focus on the invaluable contribution of Jewish-American composers, musicians, and entertainers to the tapestry of popular music in the United States since the late 19th century.

The series concludes with a look towards the future in a myriad of styles including the diverse contributions of such artists as Stan Getz, Bob Dylan, Carole King, Laura Nyro, Janis Ian, Paul Simon, Bette Midler, Joey and Tommy Ramone, Billy Joel, Béla Fleck, Beastie Boys, Drake, Pink, and many more.

You do not need to have taken Part 1 or Part 2 to take Part 3.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

For All These Things: Israel @ 70

Koolulam Shows How Yom HaAtzmaut Should Be Done: On the slight off chance that you might not have seen this already, Abq Jew is thrilled to share!

ICYMI: From the Koolulam Facebook page (their website is not yet fully functional):
Koolulam is a social-musical initiative aimed at bringing together people from all corners of the diverse, multi-cultural Israeli society. Our idea is to stop everything for a few hours and just sing - together.  
The project enables its participants to enjoy the feeling of togetherness through a deep communal experience - our sounds and voices coming together to create a social choir, full of hope and optimism. 

Abq Jew was tipped off to Koolum by The Times of Israel, which reported
Koolulam, the social singing initiative that’s taken Israel by storm, started celebrating earlier when it gathered 12,000 people, including President Reuven Rivlin, musician Shlomi Shabat, Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai and MK Gila Gamliel at Tel Aviv’s Menora Mivtachim Arena to sing Naomi Shemer’s iconic “Al Kol Eleh,” “For All These Things,” in preparation for Israel’s 70th. 
Over all these things, over all these things
Please stand guard for me my good God
Over the honey and the stinger
Over the bitter and the sweet
Don’t uproot a sapling
Don’t forget the hope
May you return me, and may I return
To the good land  
President Rivlin, a guy who loves to sing, got this particular Koolulam project off the ground, supported by Or Teicher, Michal Schneiderman and Ben Yefet, the three Koolulum founders.

Oh - and the JTA 's Alan D Abbey said
Koolulam is a year-old social phenomenon that has gathered thousands of Israelis to sing everything from songs by Sia and Imagine Dragons to … Naomi Shemer, perhaps Israel’s greatest songwriter. 
It’s the kumsitz updated for the 21st century, with Israeli tech, glitz, media savvy and the positive vibes we need. 
On Monday, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin joined Koolulam at a mass singing of Shemer’s “Al Kol Eleh” to honor Israel’s upcoming 70th anniversary. 
A cute video he made convinced my wife to get us tickets for the event at Tel Aviv’s basketball arena, a shed where shouts from Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball fans and the wail of electric guitars from overseas rockers are more common than a mass rendition of a classic Hebrew folk song. 
We arrived at the sold-out arena alongside 12,000 Jewish Israelis — young and old, religious and secular, Ashkenazi and Sephardi. Previous Koolulam events in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv have focused on cancer patients and their doctors, Holocaust survivors and women, and even drew a smattering of haredi Orthodox. 
On Feb. 14,  Muslim, Christian and Jewish Israelis were invited to Haifa to sing Matisyahu’s hit “One Day” in Hebrew, English and Arabic; 3,000 people showed up.
About that cute video that Ruvi Rivlin made: Here it is! You don't even have to click the link!

And the now world-famous Koolulam video? Right here!

Whoever has not celebrated Yom HaAtzmaut in
the Land of Israel has never felt pure joy in his life.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Restored! The City Without Jews

Restoration and Warning: In December 2016, the Film Archive of Austria announced that it managed to reach its funding goal of 75,500 euros (about $80,000) to restore a recently discovered copy of the previously-believed-lost 1924 film The City Without Jews.

Jonathan Chisdes of ChizFilm Jewish Movie Reviews (see ChizFilm Is Here! and The Wedding Plan in New Mexico!) reported then
“The City Without Jews,”a silent movie based on a dystopian novel written by Hugo Bettauer, was filmed and premiered in Vienna in 1924. It told the story of a fictional anti-Semitic chancellor who expels all the Jews from his city, but then comes to see the error of his ways and eventually invites them to return. 
At a time when the Nazi party was banned and Adolf Hitler was still in prison, it seemed an unlikely future, yet the film somewhat accurately predicted the Holocaust (except giving it a happy ending). 
 Unfortunately, shortly after the film’s premiere, Bettauer was shot and killed by a member of the Nazi party. And after the Nazis came to power and took over Austria, many of the film’s actors either fled the country or were sent to Auschwitz. 
After the war, the film was believed lost. In 1991, a partial copy in poor condition surfaced, but last year a complete copy was discovered in a Paris flea market. The Film Archive of Austria raised funds to restore and digitize the film; there is a planned release for next fall.

Abq Jew is happy to tell you that - per The Washington Post and other major news outlets - the film has indeed been restored.

The City Without Jews is now set to tour Europe to serve
as a deliberately eerie, contemporary warning.

The subtitle of Hugo Bettaur's book, upon which the film is based - A Novel Of Our Time - remains unfortunately true, says Amazon.
Bettauer takes as his subject one of the oldest themes in Jewish history: exile. Exile appears constantly in Jewish literature and history. Written in 1923, the author imagines that anti-Semitism leads Austria to expel all Jews. 
He describes the expulsion, but does not linger over the suffering, humiliation, and trauma such expulsions have historically caused. 
Families may be split, and lovers torn from each other, proprietors may be forced to sell their businesses at ridiculously low prices, but Bettauer is less concerned with what happens to any one individual than with taking an idea and carrying to its ultimate conclusion no matter how ridiculous it may seem. 
This is very much a novel of ideas, not of character. One of the ideas is that the consequences of expulsion are as bad or worse for the country which throws out its Jews as they are for the Jews themselves.
The Washington Post's Rick Noack expands on the eerie timeliness of the story, beginning with the title of his article:
Long-lost film that predicted rise of anti-Semitism has ominous message for today’s world
BERLIN — In Europe, anti-Semitism once again dominated this week’s news agenda. 
On Monday, thousands marched in London against what they perceive to be blatant anti-Semitism in Britain’s mainstream Labour Party. The same day, the Paris prosecutor’s office said that it was investigating whether anti-Semitism was a motivation for the killing of an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor last week. 
Anti-Semitic incidents in schools triggered a quest to find solutions all week in Germany. And in Poland, a renowned anti-racism activist was branded a traitor after speaking out against the nation's controversial anti-defamation law concerning Holocaust complicity. 
It’s against this backdrop that producers of a newly restored 1924 Austrian movie want their work to be seen. 
And - The Washington Post also provided a few snippets of The City Without Jews, with English subtitles!

Here's more.

Title card from the recently discovered and newly-restored Die Stadt Ohne Juden,
or The City Without Jews (image courtesy Austrian Film Archive)

Sarah Rose Sharp wrote about The City Without Jews in Hyperallergic, "a forum for serious, playful, and radical thinking about art in the world today." Founded in 2009, Hyperallergic is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York.
Long-Lost 1924 Film That Anticipated the Holocaust Is Rediscovered and Restored 
The City Without Jews was once considered lost forever. But in 2015, at a flea market in Paris, a collector unexpectedly discovered a complete copy of the film.
In the black and white footage of a silent film, Austrian Jews are harassed in the public market, physically menaced by thugs in the street, and forced en masse from the country, on foot or by train. Orthodox men, distinguished by their prayer shawls, payot, and traditional dress, carry Torah scrolls. The expulsion of Jews rips mixed-faith families in two. 
Familiar though this story may seem, these scenes are not taken from history. They come from a long-lost film that predates the Nazi period by a decade, Die Stadt Ohne Juden (The City Without Jews). Released in 1924, it was adapted from a satirical novel by Hugo Bettauer, an Austrian Jewish writer and journalist. 
At a time when Hitler was still a marginal figure, Bettauer was a vocal proponent of liberal views, including tolerance of homosexuals, education for women, and reduced punishments for those who received abortions — and, of course, the condemnation of anti-Semitism. The film portrayed the targeting of Austria’s Jews as a dystopian future.
And of the film's unimaginable rediscovery and restoration, Ms Sharp tells us
“The newly found material includes the lost ending of the film, while other new sequences found reveal an obviously dramaturgically staged parallel narrative,” Larissa Bainschab, a press officer at the Austrian Film Archive, told Hyperallergic in an email. 
“Previously unknown images show Jewish life in Vienna and attacks against them. The expressionist scene featuring Hans Moser [a famous Austrian actor] in the role of a ruthless anti-Semite is now available in its entirety for the first time. 
All in all, the political message of the film and the depiction of murderous anti-Semitism in Vienna in the 1920s are now significantly more sharply articulated.” 

Today we Jews around the world gather
to commemorate Yom HaShoah ve-HaGevurah,
the Day of the Holocaust and the Heroism.
And we remember those we lost,
whose worlds were stolen from us.

If you'd like to see the entire film The City Without Jews,
Abq Jew has discovered this video on YouTube.
The film is in German, here with Spanish subtitles.
But it's not that difficult to follow the action and understand the story.

And click here if you'd like to see how the film was rediscovered and restored.

Chizfilm is proud to have contributed to this restoration campaign!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Go Play With Your Shiksa!

April Is National Adopt-A-Greyhound Month: Abq Jew is bewitched, bothered, and bewildered to tell you, his loyal readers, if you haven't already heard, that

Shiksas are back in the news.

Alright ... Abq Jew knows that when you hear the thankfully now infrequently-used pejorative (for it is that) term shiksa (שׁיקסע), the image that comes to mind is typically something like Model A (see The Sad Days of Summer).

Who is, of course, the Shiksa Goddess

whom Wendy Wasserstein, of blessed memory, parodied in her 1999 fiction piece

Shiksa Goddess (what an odd title!). Which begins
I cannot tell a lie. Now that Madeleine Albright, Tom Stoppard, and even Hillary Rodham Clinton have embraced their Jewish roots, I feel compelled to bite the bullet and publicly reveal that I’ve just discovered my own denominational truth. I am Episcopalian. 
I should have guessed a long time ago, because my parents never mentioned it. In fact, they hid it. They sent me to primary school at the Yeshiva Flatbush.

 So please (please!) let Abq Jew explain. The Urban Dictionary advises that shiksa is
A Gentile girl or woman, especially one who has attracted a Jewish man. The term derives from the Hebrew word "sheketz", meaning the flesh of an animal deemed taboo by the Torah. Since a Jewish man marrying a non-Jewish woman is taboo also, this word applies to her.  
Traditionally this is a derogatory term, though in modern times it has also been used more light-heartedly. For example, Seinfeld once did an episode about Elaine's "shiksa appeal".  
The ideal shiksa is a blonde WASP who look like the opposite of a stereotypical Jew, but in reality, many shiksas are brunettes who might pass for Jewish themselves.

But forget all that!

From now on, the image of the shiksa that will be forever (yes, that's redundant) planted in our brains - and will remain (that's now 3dundant) - will be that of

Carey Purcell, a New-York based reporter, author and theater critic who writes about entertainment, pop culture, politics and current events from a feminist perspective.

Ms Purcell wrote an opinion piece that The Washington Post published on March 29 titled

I am tired of being a Jewish man’s rebellion 

in which she recounts her two unfortunate experiences dating Jewish men.
Over almost seven years and two serious relationships with Jewish men who at first said religion didn’t matter — and then backtracked and decided it did — I’ve optimistically begun interfaith relationships with an open mind twice, only to become the last woman these men dated before settling down with a nice Jewish girl.
Of herself, Ms Purcell says
At first glance, I fulfill the stereotypes of a white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP). I’m blond, often wear pearls and can mix an excellent, and very strong, martini. Manners and etiquette are important to me, and when I’m stressed, I often cope by cleaning. 
I do describe myself as Christian, but loosely and in the most liberal sense possible. I don’t discuss my faith the first time I meet someone or on first dates. But if I find myself falling for someone who does not share my spiritual views, I bring up the subject. 
If it’s going to be a problem, I want to know.
And the Jewish men she dated? Ms Purcell writes that
they considered themselves culturally, but not spiritually, Jewish. At the very least, they were the most lackadaisical Jews I’d ever met. They never fasted on Yom Kippur or observed Jewish holidays on their own. 
And when they traveled to celebrate holidays with their families, they made it clear it was an obligation rather than a choice. On more than one occasion in conversation, we laughed about the fact that I knew more about the Jewish faith than they did.
But Ms Purcell has learned from her unfortunate experiences.
I guess dating me had been their last act of defiance against cultural or familial expectations before finding someone who warranted their parents’ approval — perhaps the equivalent of a woman dating a motorcycle-driving, leather-jacket wearing “bad boy” before settling down with a banker with a 9-5 job. 
I now half-jokingly consider myself a Jewish man’s rebellion and guard myself against again landing in that role.
And the reaction from Jewish men (and many, many others) who read Ms Purcell's article? Let's just say

The ship hit the sand.

To the point where Ms Purcell was compelled to issue an apology, which appears (among other places) on her website. It begins:
Regarding my piece for the Washington Post on interfaith relationships: 
I am truly sorry I offended so many. 
It was never my intention to disrespect the Jewish faith or anyone who engages in Jewish customs, traditions or religious beliefs, and my editor and I spoke about that at length while putting the piece together. 
I realize now that I touched upon serious issues for Jewish people in America and worldwide, for which I sincerely apologize.

But now let's talk about greyhounds. (You'll see the shiksa connection in just a bit.)

April is, as Abq Jew is sure you, his loyal readers, must be aware, National Adopt-A-Greyhound Month.

From which one (or two, or more!) may infer that April must also be either National Buy-A-New-Couch Month ... or National Drag-In-The-Old-Couch-From-The-Garage Month.

Anyway, here is a photo of Joanie Depp, one of the fine, upstanding greyhounds for whom 

the Greyhound Adoption League of Texas - which now has a New Mexico chapter! - is endeavoring to find a forever home.

Why should you consider adopting a retired racing greyhound? Because ...
There's a greater need to place ex-racing greyhounds into permanent homes than at any point in recent history as a result of past and pending greyhound racing track closings across the country. 
April is National-Adopt-a-Greyhound Month, and the perfect time to adopt a gentle companion into your home.
Megillah the Dinosaur

Now, once you adopt your retired racing greyhound, the first thing (OK ... not the first. But eventually) your greyt hound is gonna need is a toy.

A Jewish toy. A Chewish Treat.

Such as Megillah Dinosaur or Shayna Punim Panda. Frequently available through GALTx's Greystore, and almost always through Copa Judaica.

Shayna Punim the Panda

Ah ... but for our two great hounds, Belle and MayMay, Mr & Mrs Abq Jew were proud to purchase

Shiksa the Ostrich

Yes, we bought two. We don't want the hounds to fight when we call out

Go play with your shiksa!

Cal the Greyhound is Looking for a Long Term Commitment

Richard Skipworth has developed an entire Greyhound Glossary to help us understand why
a greyhound does what a greyhound does. Greyhound apparel and assorted giftware!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

It's Pesach 5778!

Passover Is Almost Here: A time to gather with friends and family, to celebrate our Holiday of Freedom.

A time to do away with the inner demons - the doubts, the fears, the overwhelming anxiety and despair - that, says The Onion, have plagued (you should not forgive the expression) men and women since the earliest times.

The paintings indicate that early humans had “some pretty heavy stuff”
weighing on their minds, archaeologists said.
CANTABRIA, SPAIN — An archaeological team from the University of Cambridge announced Wednesday the discovery of cave paintings in northern Spain that suggest prehistoric humans battled a variety of inner demons, nagging fears, and insecurities that plagued them as they struggled with life’s demands in the Paleolithic era.
Stormy in Albuquerque

But oh, how mightily the world has changed since last Passover. As Gail Collins and Bret Stephens point out in this week's New York Times Conversation, ‘Hush Money,’ Now Playing Everywhere.
Bret: One of the paradoxes of the Trump presidency is that it has galvanized the country in all sorts of positive ways. From Charlottesville to l’Affaire Stormy, he has brought to the surface all sorts of ugliness that is simply unignorable. 
For instance, do you think the #MeToo movement would have taken hold the way it did if he weren’t in the White House? 
Gail: It’s a necessary stage in women’s progress — socially and economically — so we’d have gotten there anyway. But having the worst-possible male image in the White House probably propelled things forward faster. 
I guess you could say he’s so bad he’s making us better.

After last week's unforgettably funny-but-irate On Selecting Haberdashery, Abq Jew must (he must! he must!) iterate and reiterate that the welcome and welcoming holiday of Pesach is just around the corner. Here are a few ways we NewMexiJews can tell it's time to open our doors:

1. We have set the clocks forward one hour, so we can start the Seder even later than ... we used to in the good ol' days, when there was at least a chance that Daylight Saving Time wouldn't begin until after Pesach.

2. Random 5-packs of this year's Pesachdik matzah have started to show up in random stores.

3. A prodigious shipment of Passover food has arrived at Eurozone.

4. The Mother Lode of Passover Food has (finally!) begun to congregate at the Smith's at Constituion and Carlisle, thanks to the efforts of Rabbi Emeritus Arthur Flicker of Congregation B'nai Israel.

5. Mesifta Beth Shraga's Bedikas Chometz Kit has arrived in the mail!

What, you may ask, is a Bedikas Chometz (Search for Chometz) Kit?

Well.  First - you do know that all chometz (food products that just might contain even a smidgen of leaven or leavened bread) must be removed from your house and / or no longer owned by you, right?

So, after all the cleaning with blunt instruments has been completed, the night before the first Seder we get down to tachlis.  What do we need?
  1. A candle - so we can see into every nook and cranny to make sure there's no chometz there.
  2. A feather - so we can reach into every nook and cranny and eradicate any chometz.
  3. A wooden spoon - so we've got something with which we can transfer the chometz we find.
  4. A burnable bag -  so we've got something into which we can place the chometz we find before burning said chometz and bag the next morning.
  5. A petek - with the right legal formulae (let's not call them prayers) to absolve us of all guilty ownership of any chometz we didn't see.

Viola!  Or another stringed instrument!  Here's your Bedikas Chometz Kit!

The petek traditionally has a couple slightly different versions of the statement
All chametz, leaven and leavened bread, that is in my possession which I have not seen, removed, or is unknown to me, should be annulled and considered ownerless like the dust of the earth.

Homemaker's Hint:  If you believe what you're saying - and you should - your efforts to clean the house before Pesach need not go beyond the reasonable and customary!

Which is to say, you don't have to drive yourself crazy. Abq Jew knows - for some of us, we don't have to drive. We can walk!  It's not that far ....

6. The Albuquerque Isotopes have announced their return to The Lab! New This Year: The Mariachis de Nuevo México will soon play in The Plaza! Opening Day is Tuesday April 10, vs the Las Vegas 51s.

And what would Passover be without videos? Abq Jew here thoughtfully provides three (3) of the classics. You're welcome!

1. Google Exodus: Best. Passover. Video. Ever.

2. Passover Rhapsody: Second. Best. Passover. Video. Ever.

3. The Passover Prank. Best. Passover. Prank. Video. Ever. For parents who (especially) miss their kids on Pesach. Who know that Skype is never enough.

And as the Seders approach, Abq Jew must remind us all (he must! he must!) that Good News, Salvation and Comfort are just one (1) Pesach visitor away.

?אחד מי יודע
Tonight Could Be The Night!

At our Pesach seders
we Jews have been opening our doors to Elijah for thousands of years.

We still believe that Elijah the Prophet will return tonight
and announce the Coming of the Messiah.

When that happens, our first question will be:

Did Elijah remember to send out a press release?

If he did — you may learn the Good News in a few days or weeks.
But you can always hear about Salvation and Comfort at

AbqJew.net & AbqJew.com
Your guide to Jewish life in Albuquerque and beyond

A Zissen Pesach, Albuquerque!
Chag Kasher veSameach, New Mexico!