About the Program
LA premiere! Discover the fascinating story of New Mexico’s distinctive Jewish community. In this documentary—showcasing “passionate storytelling,” as hailed by the Albuquerque Journal—braided challah bread represents the five waves of settlement of New Mexico’s Jewish community, including conversos escaping the Spanish Inquisition 400 years ago, German Jewish pioneers of the Santa Fe Trail in the 1800s, scientists of the 1940s at Los Alamos, and the counterculture of the 1960s.
Challah Rising in the Desert is a poignant account of the Jewish experience intertwined with New Mexico’s unique history and landscape. (2017, 84 min. No MPAA rating.)
A Q&A with director Isaac Artenstein and coproducer Paula Amar Schwartz and sampling of green chile challah follow the screening.