Santa Fe


March 4, 2010

Miriam Sagan
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Miriam Sagan, reading from her collected poems

Nancy Sternoff

The day was overflowing with the stories of women who have been inspired by, actually led by, the light and the terrain and the curves of the Santa Fe landscape.

Lois Rudnick, passionate about the early women shapers of the cultural landscape in New Mexico, described this as distinctly feminist space, a place where humans do not attempt to dominate nature, but rather, the land itself establishes the law. What a way to frame the day.

Lorraine Schechter, from the day she said “no” to a Bat Mitzvah, has been on the road to YES – and she found it here among these hills.

I want to hang out at SAR for a couple of months! You can feel the creative energy, both in the vaults of pots and pots and more pots and on the pathways leading from house to house.

The New Mexico History Museum affirms our belief that the one in power writes the history – the struggles between the pre-contact inhabitants and the post-contact missionaries and land grabbers and dominators comes to life in the museum’s permanent exhibit.

I want to be Miriam Sagan’s Queen Esther next Purim!

And the icing on today’s cake was a reunion with old friends from Seattle who are on this adventure with us.

About the Jewish Women's Archive trip to Santa Fe

For 100 years, artists have flocked to Santa Fe, attracted by its arid beauty and the chance to re-create themselves.

The work of those artists who are Jewish incorporates an understanding of their heritage and of themselves as modern Jews – some embrace and redefine it, while others rebel against or reject it – and with resonances that may illuminate a deeper struggle with the past than is obvious on first glance.

On this trip, the Jewish Women's Archive will explore the rich mix that uniquely defines Santa Fe and provide participants with an inside view of this fascinating community.

Read original trip prospectus >>

Photos from Santa Fe 2010

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