Who We Are


History and Mission

Founded in 1948, the Jewish Federation of New Mexico is part of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), a network of 189 Jewish Federations and 400 independent communities. These organizations, raising an annual total of $2 billion, are dedicated to improving and enriching Jewish life around the world.

Federation is the heart of New Mexico’s Jewish community and the primary organization through which to practice the Jewish value of tikkun olam—or “repairing the world”. It embodies a 3,500-year-old tradition of caring that goes back to the giving of the Torah and sustains us in the bold pursuit of Jewish community, Jewish values and Jewish peoplehood. Federation is the people who care enough to want to perfect an imperfect world. Federation is the passion of commitment, where tzedakah and a sense of social responsibility can make a difference in the lives of many.

Federation builds and strengthens Jewish community — from the Land of Enchantment to our homeland in Israel, from the homebound to the homeless. Whether the task is reducing Jewish poverty and hunger, rescuing and resettling new immigrants, or spurring Jewish renaissance worldwide, Federation is goal is to help ensure the continuity of the Jewish people in New Mexico.

Recent Achievements

  • Growth of the Jewish Care Program to include home visits for seniors and the expansion of the Holiday Baskets program.
  • Continued support of Israel on the University of New Mexico campus and throughout the state, promoting economic development between New Mexico and Israel, the state’s second largest trade partner.
  • Completion of New Mexico’s first-ever Jewish Demographic Study.
  • Renewed commitment to serving rural and outlying Jewish communities.

Current Initiatives

    • Administration of the Jewish Care Program, providing social services to seniors, the underserved, and Holocaust survivors.
    • Publication of the New Mexico Jewish Link.
    • Administration of Hillel at the University of New Mexico.
    • Ongoing support for the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival, Santa Fe Middle East Watch, and Jewish communities in Taos, Las Vegas, Roswell, and beyond.
    • Innovative programming such as the New Mexico residency of Ambassador Dennis Ross, New Mexico-Israel Economic Forums, Sephardic Heritage (Spanish Citizenship) Program, Kosher Cabrito, and more.
    • Partnering with organizations throughout New Mexico, nationally, and in Israel to provide education and access to Jewish life for all who seek it.
    • Networking, professional development, and mentorship programs for young professionals.
    • And much more. 
    • Click to View  Our Financial Statements and Past Annual Reports


 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Ron Duncan Hart, Ph.D.
President
Marvin Gottlieb, Ph.D.
Immediate Past President
Mimi Efroymson
Secretary/Vice President, Financial Resource Development
Sabra Minkus
Vice President At-Large
Lee Horwitz
Vice President, Community Outreach
Jon Bell, CPA
Treasurer
Edie Blaugrund
Nominating Chair

OTHER MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Term Expires 2021

David Blacher
Linda Goff, Ph.D.
Steven Ovitsky
Penimah Silva

Term Expires in 2020

Betty Harvie
Kenneth Rudinger, Ph.D.
Susie Sandager
Jorgie Winsberg

Term Expires in 2019

Harris Balkin
Sharon Cosby
Jeri Horwitz
Deena Rosenberg

Ex-Officio

Rabbi Neil Amswych
Rabbi Deborah Brin
Rabbi Chavah Carp
Rabbi Paul Citrin
Cantor Barbara Finn
Rabbi Arthur Flicker
Rabbi Min Kantrowitz
Rabbi Larry Karol
Rabbi Berel Levertov
Rabbi Martin Levy
Rabbi Harry Rosenfeld
Rabbi Chaim Schmukler
Rabbi Dr. Jack Shlachter

PROFESSIONAL TEAM

Executive Director:
Zachary Benjamin

Deborah Albrycht,
Director of Finance and Administration

Ya’el Chaikind
Social Services Manager, Jewish Care Program in Santa Fe

Jennifer Dennis
Senior Programs Manager, Jewish Care Program

Addey Dominguez
PJ Library Assistant

Rabbi Arthur Flicker
Community Chaplain, Jewish Care Program

Kristen Gurule
Administrative and Accounting Specialist

Bonnie Minkus, Ph.D
Manager, Advertising and Sponsorships

Sara Koplik, Ph.D.,
Director of Community Outreach;
Director, Hillel at the University of New Mexico

Addey Dominguez
PJ Library Assistant

Erin Tarica, LMSW, MAJCS,
Director, Jewish Care Program

Sarah Leiter
Community Relations Coordinator