Monday, January 1, 2018

Challah Rising in the Desert: The Jews of New Mexico and Our First 2018 Family Stories' Workshop

GSHA-SC Hispanic Family Stories’ Workshop Series

Each and every one of you can write. Some are novices; some are professionals; and you will work at your own level if you participate in the GSHA-SC Hispanic Family Stories’ Workshop Series.
 Attending the workshops is not about achieving an impossible task.  By the end of every workshop, you WILL have completed at least the draft of one story. Some will edit and enhance their stories when they return home; others will not. Either is fine. Our purpose is that you get started writing a family story during the workshop.

The focus of our 2018 Holiday Meeting will be to display our story telling skills.  Whether there are few or many who attend the workshops, the meeting will honor each individual’s work as part of our group effort.

This will be a place to experiment with form. You may try writing a short story, the beginning of a longer piece, a poem, a description of a place beloved by an ancestor, a recipe whipped into a creative writing soufflé.  You might be a fledgling screenwriter, a producer of gorgeous lists, one who loves to write short descriptions of ancestral foods, towns, or customs. Could you be a writer with a flair for historical-fiction-based ancestors? Might you be a lyricist? You’ll never know until you put pen to paper or fingers to the keyboard, and see what keeps emerging.

These workshops aren’t designed to be the place to complete a literary masterpiece, though it’s possible that a literary masterpiece will emerge from one or more attendees. Do not be afraid. If you’re stumped, the act of writing will help you get unstuck. For those not afraid, be a kind and shining light for the rest of us.

Please come with paper and pen and/or a fully charged laptop. Also, give some thought to particular people, places, or things about which you’d like to write. We’ll always start the workshop with a 5-minute prompt-driven exercise designed to loosen any thought of “I can’t write” out of your brain.
There will be 5 to 8 workshops throughout 2016. Most will be in Orange County. If there is anyone in L.A. or elsewhere who would like to be my writing moderator twin and coordinate another location, please contact me. The more, the merrier.

Our first Hispanic Family Stories’ Workshop in the series will be at:
Zeidler’s Café
Skirball Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90049

12:00 – 2:30 p.m.
You must R.S.V.P to me by Wednesday, January 10. I need to make reservations at the restaurant, and the restaurant is expecting each of us to purchase lunch with a 20% tip for their allowing us to use the restaurant during a busy day. I will provide the list of attendees to the entrance personnel, so that you won’t be charged museum admission for attending the workshop.

The L.A. premier of Challah Rising in the Desert: The Jews of New Mexico will be shown at the Skirball from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  We welcome you to stay and watch the movie. You must, separately, register for the movie on the Skirball website. Many of our members deep New Mexico roots descend from Sephardic Jews.

To view a trailer of this movie or make your reservation go to:

Karen S Córdova
January 1, 2018

To attend the movie, make your reservation online, using the link provided, below.

General Admission: $12.00

Students: $9.00

Skirball Members: FREE

From the Skirball Center website:

"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 filmmaker Isaac Artenstein and coproducer Paula Amar Schwartz and sampling of green chile challah follow the screening."

Skirball Cultural Center (310) 440-4500
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049