The Dona Gracia Project

Commemorating a Remarkable Jewish Woman

The Shema prayer as interpreted in glassworks by Sonya Loya.

Meet a Converso

Meet a Conversa: My personal journey from Catholicism to Judaism; and how my art work has reflected my transformation.

Students and adults will get a chance to hear from Sonya Loya, an artist from Ruidoso, NM., who has returned to her ancestral Jewish faith and the emotional and spiritual journey that went the change. Her talks will be illustrated with the art work that evolved from that experience.
NOTE: *This class is only open to participants in the Road Scholar week-long vacation-study program - one of their most popular which is centered on Crypto-Jews. See the Road Scholar website for further information:

Part of a Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel) week.
Talks and discussion.
Hotel Elegante,
2020 Menaul Blvd. Albuquerqe, N.M.
For more details contact Sonya at:
Email: tav_22@​

How to reach us?

Upcoming Events
July 5 - 11
A session on Dona Gracia will be part of a week-long program studying Jews in the Renaissance. Berkshire Hills Adult Vacation Center, Copake, N.Y.
August 3 - 5
Ninth annual conference of anousim/conversos. Congregation B'nai Zion, El Paso, TX. Details contact Sonya Loya,
Numerous programs for Road Scholar, formerly Elderhostel, at the Hotel Elegante, Albuquerque, N.M. Contact Sonya for dates and details at: Email: