Jewish Heritage Report
Vol. II, Nos. 1-2 / Spring-Summer 1998
Las Vegas, NM

Las Vegas (New Mexico) Restores Jewish Sites

An article by Lisa Lipkin in the Forward (April 24, 1998) described the revival of Jewish life in the small town of Las Vegas, New Mexico, where nearly 200 Jewish pioneers had settled in 1910.  After years of decline, leading to the sale of the synagogue to a Catholic Church in 1958, Lipkin writes that "slowly, the Jews of Las Vegas are coming home.  They’ve restored the Jewish cemetery and have cleared away land for future use …they’ve already begun planning for the High Holy Days.  They’ll be renting the church that was once Temple Montefiore and using the synagogue’s original prayer books, on loan form Albuquerque."

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