It is not what one says, but rather what one does, that makes all the difference in the world.

About the JCFNM


The mission of the Jewish Community Foundation of New Mexico is to build and perpetuate support for a vibrant, caring Jewish community through partnerships with donors and organizations.

The Foundation strives to:

  • identify and help address evolving community needs
  • educate about the power and joy of philanthropy
  • inspire donors to match their values with their valuables to affect the community now and in the future.


The Jewish Community Endowment Foundation of New Mexico (JCEF) was founded in 1997, as a division of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico, to develop long-term financial support for the Jewish community. JCEF introduced the endowment Book of Life in 2005 to encourage community members to create their Jewish legacy. In 2013, the boards of directors of the Jewish Federation and the JCEF determined that creating an "independent" Jewish Community Foundation with a broader reach and dedicated focus would benefit the future of our community. The Jewish Community Foundation of New Mexico was incorporated as a nonprofit in November, 2013. The Foundation received its 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS in August, 2014.

Read more on the Book of Life under Create Your Legacy.

Together We are Changing the World

Impact Summary

Board of Directors

The Foundation is managed by a Board of Directors. The board is comprised of Directors serving in their individual capacities and Organization Directors representing any nonprofit congregation, agency or organization operated with or for the benefit of the Jewish community in New Mexico.

Officers and Directors (2023)

Chair: Dan Newman
Vice Chair: TBD
Immediate Past Chair: Jay Rosenblum
Secretary: Judith Zabel, JD
Treasurer: Bob Davis
Grace Allison, JD
Joanna Colangelo
Lisa Friedman
Sarah Newman
Steven Rogers
Sarah Winger
Judith Zabel, JD

Jewish organizations may nominate a representative to serve as Director on the Foundation board.

Congregation Albert Jane Wishner
Congregation B'nai Israel Harvey Buchalter
Congregation Nahalat Shalom Chuck Buxbaum
Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque Marci Powers
New Mexico Jewish Historical Society TBD
Holocaust & Intolerance Museum of New Mexico Michael Wald
Temple Beth Shalom (Santa Fe) Ken Warner

Staff support is provided by Executive Director Erika Rimson.

Financial Information

The Foundation has 91 funds totaling $8.5 million in assets under management as of 12/31/2022. The majority of our assets, pooled with the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona's (Tucson) $100 million in assets, are managed by SEI. Tucson provides us with recordkeeping, reporting and strategic guidance. The chair of the Foundation's Finance & Investment Committee is a member of Tucson's Investment Committee.

As of 12/31/2022, asset allocation for the investment pool is 33% Equity, 26% Fixed Income and 41% Alternatives and Other.

Total Net Portfolio Returns (Balanced Pool) — YTD 12/31/2022: -8.5%, 3 Years: 5.0%, 5 Years: 4.6%.

For more detailed investment return information, or for a copy of the Foundation's governing documents or conflict of interest policy, contact our Executive Director.

To read more on fund management and quarterly investment returns, click here to visit the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona.

IRS Exemption Determination Letter

Audited Financial Statements, 12/31/2021

Form 990, 12/31/2021