A week-long celebration of film, music, food, exhibits and lectures highlighting the extraordinary journey of the Jewish people to Spanish-speaking countries.

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Join our community for a delicious vegetarian catered dinner with a Sephardic focus for a Sephardic Shabbat Dinner on Friday night, May 17, at Nahalat Shalom, with Rabbi Jordi Gendra-Molina and Cantor Beth Cohen. The cost is $18 per person. The dinner is limited to only 75 guests and tickets are going fast. Purchase online now: . The deadline is Monday, May 13, for paid reservations.

The evening before - Thursday, May 16 - is the first event of Resiliencia! – the opening of the exhibit “Women of Valor,” by internationally-known artist and New Mexico native Natalie Trujillo Gonzalez in the Nahalat Shalom Art Gallery, from 7-9pm, with a wine and cheese reception.

On Saturday morning, May 17, join us for a Sephardic Shabbat service with Rabbi Jordi at Nahalat Shalom, followed by a kiddush.

On Saturday afternoon, events move to the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Bank of America Theater from 3-6pm. Artist Natalie Trujillo Gonzalez will speak on the strong women in her New Mexican family and reflect on how they shaped her and generations of her family. Dr. Sara Koplik will speak on Loggie Carrasco, a pioneer of the New Mexico crypto-Jewish community.

We will celebrate the end of Shabbat with Havdalah, followed by a screening of “Challah Rising in the Desert,” the evocative documentary celebrating the history, influences and people of New Mexico’s Jewish community. Q&A will follow with director Isaac Artenstein and producer Paula Amar Schwarz.

On Sunday, May 19, from 3-6pm, in the Grand Hall of the Pete V. Domenici Building at the NHCC, genealogist Schelly Talalay Dardashti will speak on how DNA and science reveals hidden history, particularly here in New Mexico. Rabbi Jordi Gendra-Molina will speak on two 16th-century women with crypto-Jewish backgrounds who challenged authority, Santa Teresa de Avila and Dona Gracia Mendes Nasi. Nahalat Shalom’s Cantor Beth Cohen and her ensemble will perform “Neshama del bosque,” including her favorites in the Sephardic repertoire.

Three art exhibits open at 7pm, Monday, May 20 in the Pete V. Domenici Bldings (NJCC). Shalom Sefarad presents the legacy of Seattle’s Jewish immigrants from the Ottoman Empire a century ago. Discover Sefarad is a photo exhibit of 18 Spanish cities preserving the Jewish essence, with Marta Puig, managing director of the Network of Spanish Jewish Quarters. Persecuted and Saved tells the story of thousands of Jews who crossed the Lleida Pyrenees fleeing from Nazi persecution in Europe, with history professor Dr. Joseph Calvet of the University of Lleida. A cocktail reception follows at 8.30pm.

Two films, both New Mexico premieres, will be screened at 7pm, Tuesday, May 21 in the Bank of America Theater: “Persecuted and Saved,” with directors Daniel and Jaume Serra, about thousands of Jews fleeing Europe by crossing the Pyrenees into Spain, honoring their memory and those who helped them. Also, “Your Wishes in Heaven” (Tu boca en los cielos), followed by Q&A with director Miguel Angel Nieto Solis. A descendant of Sephardim exiled from Spain in 1492 delivers a letter to the tombs of Catholic Monarchs in Granada, and covers a journey of 500 years of coexistence by the Jews in the Maghreb (Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria).

Singer Lara Bello and ensemble will perform “Juderias,” at 7pm, Wednesday, May 22. It is a compilation of global Ladino songs sharing memories of the Sephardic community still alive in Spain today.

Resiliencia! closes on Thursday, May 23 with three events. At 7pm, A round table featuring Fernando Vara de Rey, Director of Krakow’s Instituto Cervantes, and Spanish attorney Luis Portero as they speak on the relationship with the State of Israel and the efforts of the Government of Spain to promote and preserve Jewish culture. At 8pm, the film, “The Caborca Jew. A Mexican Story,” will be followed by Q&A with the narrator David Chait and ADL Mountain States Regional Director Dr. Scott Levin, tells the story of a Polish immigrant trying to get to the US, but finding himself in a small town in Sonora, Mexico. It is inspired by Chait’s grandfather’s story. A cocktail reception at 8.30pm closes this year’s Resiliencia Festival.

A special discounted Resiliencia! pass is $80 for all activities except the Friday night Sephardic Dinner. For the Resiliencia! pass, go to the National Hispanic Cultural Center Box Office, call 505-724-4771, or online at For the Friday night Sephardic Dinner, go to

Resiliencia! is organized by Instituto Cervantes, Casa Sefarad@Nahalat Shalom, Festival Djudeo-Espanyol, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center.