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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.

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 (2018)

Chair: Art Gardenswartz
Vice-Chair: Andrew Gans, MPH
Secretary: Ron Segel
Treasurer: Paula Blacher, CFA
Grace Allison, JD
Mimi Efroymson
Adam Greenhood
Terry Lee Heller
Herb Koffler
Janice Paster
Steven Rogers
Jay Rosenblum
Colin Shaw
George Skadron
Vivian Skadron
Judith Zabel, JD

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

Congregation Albert TBD
Congregation B'nai Israel Iris Weinstein
Congregation Nahalat Shalom Bob Davis
Jewish Federation of New Mexico Jeri Horwitz
Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque Debra Wechter Friedman
Jewish Community Housing Corp. (Shalom House) Helen Grevey
New Mexico Jewish Historical Society Stuart Simon
Holocaust & Intolerance Museum of New Mexico Jennie Negin

Staff support is provided by Executive Director Erika Rimson, assisted by Kristen Gurule, Office Administrator.

Financial Information

The Foundation has 72 funds totaling $4.9 million in assets under management as of 7/31/2018. Our assets, pooled with the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona's (Tucson) $81 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 7/31/2018, asset allocation for our investment pool is 45% Equity, 36% Fixed Income and 19% Alternatives and Other.

Total Net Portfolio Returns — YTD ending 7/31/2018: 1.1%, 2017: 15.1%, 2016: 7.1%, 2015: -2.3%, 2014: 5.6%, 2013: 15.4%, 2012: 12.8%. For more detailed investment return information, or for a copy of the Foundation's governing documents, conflict of interest policy, Form 990 or audited 2016 financial statements, 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.