About B'nai Israel
For more than 90 years, the mission of Congregation B'nai Israel has been "to create an environment in which all who enter our doors can be enriched and inspired by Conservative Jewish life, values, and spirituality."
Congregation B'nai Israel is committed to the values and practices of traditional-egalitarian Conservative Judaism, as enumerated in Emet ve-Emunah: Statement of Principles of Conservative Judaism.
The First 90 Years. The early days of Congregation B'nai Israel - as well its subsequent growth and development - are a lasting tribute to the perseverance, dedication and unflagging Jewish spirit of its founders: a handful of men and women who, despite many obstacles, visualized the need and translated into action the desire to plant the seed of Judaism in the far-flung Southwest. <Read More>
Rabbi Evelyn Baz earned her ordination and M.A. from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and held a Wexner fellowship. She has been a teacher and rabbinic intern at American Jewish University, the Kitchen in San Francisco, Ikar in Los Angeles, and Camp Alonim in the Simi Valley.
She has served as a chaplain intern at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. Before joining the rabbinate, she worked her way up from Intern to Senior Associate at the Macquarie Group in New York.
We are extremely excited to welcome Rabbi Baz, and we look forward to showing her our wonderful community!
Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a high desert city nestled against the Sandia Mountains.
As one of the oldest cities in America, Albuquerque has been inhabited for many centuries and is rich with history and culture. In modern times, the city has worked hard to be one of the best places to live, work, and do business in the United States.
The City of Albuquerque's website once had an excellent tutorial on New Mexico's Jewish-American Heritage, which (beautifully) pointed out that "New Mexico has its own unique brand of Jewish history and culture ...."
The Jews in New Mexico are not homogeneous; they come from different places, speak different tongues, and celebrate their faith in different ways. They have come from long distances to the broad expanses of the high desert to practice their religion in freedom.
Jews fleeing the Inquisition on the Iberian Peninsula in the 15th and 16th centuries flocked to the New World in an attempt to survive the persecution of the Holy Office of the Inquisition, and their descendants remain here some 600 years later.
These descendants may have converted to Catholicism or later to some other form of Christianity and become known as “conversos” or “the converted” in Spanish. They may have remained true to their Jewish traditions and secretly continued to practice their ancestral Jewish faith. These people are now referred to as “crypto-Jews.”