It is with great sadness we relate the passing of Gerald (Jerry) Small, who passed away from heart failure early Monday morning January 25, 2021, a day after his 88th birthday
Jerry was a former president and long time supporter of the Common Bond New Mexico Foundation. Jerry's many contributions to our community include:
founding the first Gay & Lesbian (LGBTQ+) synagogue in the USA, Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC).
first director of the LA's Nechama: A Jewish Response to AIDS in 1988 shortly before his move to Albuquerque the Fall of 1991.
Co-chair of the Albuquerque Chanukah Festival held at the Civic Center for many years,
founding the Albuquerque AIDS Walk,
and countless other philanthropic endeavors.
He was a Board Member, volunteer, and supporter of the New Mexico Holocaust Museum. He was also an accomplished Japanese brush painter. A memorial service at Congregation Albert will be held on Wednesday February 3, 2021 at 1:00 PM. To view the service, please go to the Congregation Albert Facebook page. Burial will take place at a later date. A memorial service/celebration of life will be held online on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 2pm. To get information and link to the service, please send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Jerry was a good man and kind spirit. He will be greatly missed.
To strengthen the LGBTQ+ community of New Mexico through programs and partnerships that serve at risk sectors of the LGBTQ+ population.