Challah Rising in the Desert is a documentary film that portrays New Mexico’s unique Jewish history as a five strand braided challah. A uniquely Jewish symbol, five strand braided challah is a bread used by all Jewish communities for the Sabbath meal and holidays. It visually represents the interconnectedness of the waves of Jewish immigration woven into New Mexico’s history and landscape.

The documentary is directed by award-winning filmmaker, Isaac Artenstein, and produced by Paula Schwartz, a writer and President of the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society. The pair hope this film will provide a deeper understanding of the multicultural mosaic that is New Mexico history.

The premier screening of the film will be held on April 29, 2017 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.