Arts & Culture

 Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council

Rimon, an initiative of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, promotes and enhances Jewish identity through arts and culture, supports arts and artists who broadly explore Jewish themes, and assists the greater Jewish community in developing a collaborative involvement with the arts. Rimon also provides community grants to qualified local projects.


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Rimon Accepting Project Grant Proposals in its Autumn Round

Rimon is now accepting Project Support grant proposals in its autumn round of funding for arts-related projects. Grants will provide limited financial support up to $3,000 but will not exceed 50% of a project's budget.

The new deadline for the Project Support grant is August 27, 5 p.m. (not a postmark deadline).

Rimon grant application and guidelines  


Scenes from P'Chotchka 2014


Mazel Tov to Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council on being named to the 2013-2014 Slingshot Class!

October 25, 2013
Slingshot has just released Slingshot 2013-14 – its ninth annual guide to North America’s top innovative Jewish organizations.

Rimon has been chosen by Slingshot: A Resource Guide for Innovation for the third year in a row from among hundreds of organizations that applied to the prestigious guide for inclusion. Rimon was one of 50 organizations selected as a model in innovation because of its resourcefulness in creating opportunities, programs, and collaborations that place the arts in the center of the community’s life rather than at its margins. More than 200 artists working in all disciplines and institutions (Jewish and non-Jewish) have benefited from Rimon’s multi-faceted support.

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Rimon Selects Recipients of Spring 2014 Project Support Grants

The St. Paul JCC received funding to support the launch of the new Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival, October 23—November 2, 2014.





Curt Brown received funding to support the research and writing of a book that tells the unlikely story of a St. Paul Jewish family and their business the Marvy Company, which became internationally famous as a manufacturer of barber poles.





World Without Genocide received funding to support the creation of a video documentary, Starvation: A Weapon of Genocide, which explores starvation as a method used to exterminate Jews, American Indians, Armenians, Rwandans, and North Koreans.



Rimon Selects Recipients of Autumn 2013 Project Support Grants

The Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul received  funding to support a Jewish film series as part of the 2014 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, April 3-19, 2014.


Zorongo Flamenco received funding to support the premiere performance of ConVivir: 7 Dances to a More Compassionate World at the Cowles Center for Dance in downtown Minneapolis. The production will bring together local and international dancers, singers, and musicians from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim backgrounds.




Ethan Rowan Pope received funding to support the creation, printing, and publishing of an illustrated book based on the true stories of Holocaust survivor Joe Grosnacht. The book will be illustrated by middle school and high school students from The Breck School.




The Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company received funding to support the regional premiere of The History of Invulnerability, a play about the creation of Superman and his growth to superhero status amidst the rise of Nazism and other historical events of the 1930s-40.


For the complete July 2014 schedule of events and opportunities, click here.

Rimon accepts applications semi-annually for its Project Support granting program. The next deadline for submissions is August 27, 5 p.m. (not a postmark deadline). Click here for application and deadlines.

If you want to see your events appear in Rimon’s e-guide, please send a news release or informative blurb to Rimon is an initiative of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation. The events listed in the e-guide are not sponsored by Rimon, unless indicated. Now, you might even want to make a contribution:


Tuesday, July 1, 2:10 p.m. The Edina Cinema (3911 W. 50th St., Edina) screens Ida, one of this year’s most remarkable films about a young Polish novitiate nun’s discovery that her parents were Jewish. The cinematography and sound design alone are worth the price of admission. Contact the theater for details about the length of the run. FFI: 952-920-8796.

Thursday, July 10.  A Natural Measure of Time at Form + Content Gallery (210 N. 2nd St., Mpls) features new drawings by Howard Oransky. There’s a public reception on July 18 (6-8 p.m.). The exhibit runs through August 16. FFI: 612-436-1151.

Saturday, July 12, 7 p.m. The Northern Lights Festival, featuring musical director Veda Zuponic, returns to B’nai Abraham Museum & Cultural Center (328 5th St. S.) in Virginia, MN. It’s worth the drive.  FFI:
Sunday, July 13, noon. The Tzofim Friendship Caravan returns to Minnesota with a performance at B’nai Israel Synagogue (150 7th Ave. SW, Rochester). Song and dance over lunch may be just the ticket. FFI:

Through July 13. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (2400 3rd Ave. S., Mpls) concludes its run of an intriguing exhibit called Sacred. The exhibit fills ten galleries with objects and experiences defined as sacred across time, space, and culture. FFI: 888-642-2787.

Tuesday, July 15, 7 p.m. Missed the dancing/singing Israeli scouts in Rochester? Catch the Tzofim at the St. Paul JCC (1375 St. Paul Ave.). FFI: 651-255-4752.

Wednesday, July 16, 7:30 p.m. Hoping for a beautiful outdoor summer experience? The peripatetic Tzofim Friendship Caravan brings its act to the Lake Harriet Pavilion (4135 W. Lake Harriet Pkwy., Mpls). FFI:

Thursday, July 17, 7 p.m. The Tzofim play Sholom West (3620 Phillips Pkwy., St. Louis Park). It’s your last chance to catch them in Minnesota this summer. FFI: 952-935-6311.

Friday, July 18, 6 :30 p.m. Swing by the Mpls Photo Center (2400 N. 2nd St., Mpls) for the opening of 100 Years of Cameras and Photography, sponsored by National Camera Exchange. Among the many photographers represented is Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin. The exhibit runs through August 31. FFI: 612-643-3511.

Saturday, July 19. The Basilica of Saint Mary (88 N. 17th St., Mpls) hosts an exhibition of the Jewish Women Artists’ Circle’s lovely Kabbalah and Creation. It’s on display through August 31. FFI:

Sunday July 20, 5 p.m. If you haven’t seen the ambitious, multimedia exhibit, Or Chadash, A New Light: Unfiltered  at the Tychman Shapiro Gallery (Barry Family Campus, 4330 S. Cedar Lake Rd., Mpls), here’s your last chance. The exhibit encompasses the work of 25 locally based artists. A closing event features readings and performances connected to the exhibit. FFI: 952-381-3416.

Tuesday, July 22, 7 p.m. The Mpls Photo Center (2400 N. 2nd St., Mpls) hosts a lecture by U of M prof Rob Silberman and photographer Tom Arndt on the history of cameras and photography in Minnesota. FFI: 612-643-3511.

Wednesday, July 23, 7 p.m. Beth Jacob Congregation (1179 Victoria Curve, Mendota Heights) screens Rama Burshtein’s intriguing film Fill the Void about the complexities of an arranged marriage. FFI: 651-452-2226.

Sunday, July 27, 9 a.m. Looking for something freylich to do across the border? A Biselle KlezKamp offers 12 hours of Yiddish music, dance, lectures, and more at University of Wisconsin-Madison (Union South, 1308 W. Dayton St.). FFI: 608-890-4818.

Through July 30. The St. Paul JCC’s Gallery Walk presents work of the painter Bonnie Heller as part of its shared exhibit with the Tychman Shapiro Gallery, Or Chadash, A New Light: Unfiltered. Or Chadash features 25 locally based artists working with the theme of light. FFI: 651-255-4752.

Thursday, July 31, 10 p.m. Start your Fringe Festival binge with A Christmas Carol Passover—This Seder Never Sounded So Good!, written, produced, and directed by David Morris. The venue is Illusion Theater (528 Hennepin Ave., Mpls), and it runs through August 10. FFI:

Thursday, August 7. The Tychman Shapiro Gallery (Barry Family Campus, 4330 S. Cedar Lake Rd., Mpls) opens Lashon Hara: A Narrative on the Consequences of Evil Speech, featuring the work of textile artist Robin Atlas. Running concurrently in the Shared Walls Exhibition Area at the Sabes JCC is an exhibit of paintings by Brazilian artist Valeria Campos Kieffer. Both exhibits run through September 28. FFI: 952-381-3416.

Friday, August 8. Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art (250 3rd Ave. N., Mpls) opens a solo exhibition, Signature Moves, of the playful and sensuous sculptures and prints of Perci Chester. An artist’s reception takes place on August 9. The exhibit runs through September 20. FFI:

Through August 24. The Harold & Mickey Smith Gallery of Jewish Art and Culture (Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Ave. S., Mpls) presents Inscribe These Words, an exhibit exploring inscriptions on Judaica objects. FFI: 888-642-2787.

Through August 26. Visit the inaugural exhibit, Organism as Symbolism, of Track 29 Gallery (2841 Bryant Ave. S., Mpls), featuring work by Lynda Monick-Isenberg and Steve Ozone. FFI: 612-872-0029.



Highlights from This Year’s Artist Salons

Sun Mee Chomet and Robert Dorfman in "Writing Backwards: Finding Meaning in a Family's Past"


"Writing Backwards: Finding Meaning in a Family's Past"

Sun Mee Chomet and Samuel Norich in  "Writing Backwards: Finding Meaning in a Family's Past"
Noemi Schory and Emily Goldberg in "A Lens on History: An Afternoon with Noemi Schory"

Susan Stein in "Conversations with Etty"

David Sherman and Leslie Morris in "Photo Sensitive: Reflecting on Transfer of Memory"

Just Added: Rimon's 2013 Summer Newsletter Learn about all the exciting things happening in the Twin Cities arts community and the ways Rimon is making an impact.  


Rimon's  Monthly e-Guide A publication that highlights events and opportunities in the local Jewish arts community, click here for the July 2014 edition.

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Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council Advisory Board & Staff 2014

Janet Kampf, Chair
Maury Landsman, Vice Chair
Jonathan Gross, Secretary/Treasurer

Board Members
Robyn Awend
Judy Brier
Barbara Camm
Joel Carter
Shana Cohen-Gee
Sandra Felemovicius
Mimi Fisher
Judy Gaviser
Debra Fisher Goldstein
Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin
Darla Kashian
Elisa Korentayer
Andrea Lubov
Lynda Monick-Isenberg
Kӓren Nemer
Paula Pergament
Lisa Pogoff
Jason Rose
Leighton Siegel
Peter Sussman
Katherine Tane
Rabbi Aaron Weininger

Honorary Board Members
Penny Galinson
Rani Halpern
Bonnie Heller
Judith Brin Ingber
Jay Isenberg
Evan Maurer
Reva Rosenbloom
RuthAnn Weiss  z’’l

David Jordan Harris, Executive Director
Siri Maitra, Administrative Assistant