Santa Fe has a lot more than great cuisine and an art scene to intrigue travelers — this New Mexico town is more than 400 years old and the oldest state capital in America. And for Jewish travelers, it contains surprises that cross all of these areas.
Some folks say New Mexico is the face of America's future. A barren moonscape of rocky peaks and desert mesas, it's a study in contrasts, a high-tech haven amid some of the nation's worst poverty. It's home to the Los Alamos nuclear labs and the ancient Acoma pueblo, America's oldest continuous human settlement. It's where the eternal meets the unexpected.
That's never been truer than it is this spring. Democrats in Albuquerque, the state's largest city, are angling to capture the local congressional seat for the first time in decades. The primary race is becoming a nasty, four-way brawl. It's also becoming, in a mysterious way, a vision of American Jewry's future.