Frequently Asked Questions
Are there really Jews in Albuquerque? Yes! There is a thriving modern community and a rich history of Jewish involvement in New Mexico. In fact, the first mayor of Albuquerque, Henry Jaffa, was Jewish. Today, Albuquerque has four Jewish congregations, a Jewish Federation and JCC, and a Jewish day school. Jewish residents make up about 1% of the population.
Who was the first Jewish person in Albuquerque? There may have been Spanish crypto-Jews in Albuquerque hundreds of years ago, trying to escape the Inquisition. During more modern times, a colorful merchant named Solomon Rosenstein had a store on the Albuquerque plaza. Rosenstein was in Albuquerque before 1850.