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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Save the date for P’Chotchka 2014, June 2, 6 p.m

P’Chotchka returns by popular demand on Monday, June 2 at Pinstripes in Edina. The event features delicious food and eight outstanding artists Rimon has funded or presented. This year’s line-up includes dancer/choreographer Judith Brin Ingber, costume designer Sonya Berlovitz, glass artist Claude Riedel, writer Neal Karlen, multi-media artist Craig Harris, actress Esther Ouray, and filmmakers Laura Silver and Norah Shapiro.

Reserve your seat here. Tickets are $54 per person ($29 tax deductible).



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


Graphic novelist extraordinaire Art Spiegelman, creator of Maus

Graphic novelist extraordinaire Art Spiegelman, creator of Maus, is speaking on April 24 (7:30 p.m.) at Hopkins Center for the Arts. Buy a ticket through Rimon and get 20% off the retail price--$32 instead of $40. Act fast—discounted tickets are limited! To order online, click here.

Spiegelman appears as part of the Pen Pals Author Lecture Series presented by the Friends of the Hennepin County Library.

FFI: 952-381-3449.


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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2014 Keren Or Contest Winners

Keren Or (Ray of Light) announces the 10th annual writing and photography winners for Jewish youth.

Winning entries will be published at the Keren Or website ( and in a special supplement to The American Jewish World in late March. The winners will also be included in an exhibit, Keren Or: A Decade of Writing and Photography, at the Tychman Shapiro Gallery from April 27 through May 22. The awards ceremony and artists’ reception will take place on April 27, 2 p.m., at the Sabes JCC. All are welcome.

Poetry Grades 7 - 9

First Place, Quickening Heartbeat, by Leah Truskinovsky
Second Place, Creatures of the Night, by Sawyer Michaelson
Third Place, Bright Sky, by Miriam Lebowitz

Prose Grades 7 - 9

First Place, The Longest Sixty Seconds, by Eva Goldfarb
Second Place, Stuck, by Sawyer Michaelson
Third Place, Home Again, by Nechama Yardley

Photography Grades 7 - 9

First Place, Aqua, by Lia Harel
Second Place, Arouse, by Hanna Schechter
Third Place, Sister, by Ahmree Schear
Honorable Mention, Contemplation, by Jordan Kaplan
Honorable Mention, Golden Light, by Hannah Wolk

Poetry Grades 10 - 12

First Place, An Elegy for the Fishing Man, by Sararosa Davies
Second Place, Forty-two Cherry Trees, by Isabel Rousmaniere
Third Place, Where I'm From, by Amy Frenkel
Honorable Mention, Sinking, by Sydney Fine



P'Chotchka 2013

P’Chotchka returned by popular demand on Monday, June 3 at Pinstripes in Edina. The event featured eight outstanding artists Rimon has funded, commissioned, or presented. This year’s line-up included actor/playwright Sun-Mee Chomet, nonfiction writer Neal Karlen, Illusion Theater’s Executive Producer Michael Robins, novelist Judith Katz, filmmaker Laura Silver, storyteller Carla Vogel, visual artist Shana Kaplow, and dancer/choreographer Stuart Pimsler.



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.



Recipients of Spring 2013 Project Support Grants

Ettyplay inc received funding to support a five-week residency of Susan Stein, who will perform her one-woman play based on the writings of Dutch diarist and Holocaust victim Etty Hillesum throughout Minnesota in venues ranging from universities to prisons.




The Oratorio Society of Minnesota received funding to support its area-premiere performance in November 2013 of James Whitbourn’s choral work Annelies, based on The Diary of Anne Frank.




Architect Jay Isenberg received funding to support the creation of a Jewish architect and design professionals’ affinity group that would provide opportunities for fellowship, public education, scholarly investigation, and creativity.



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

Playwright/performer Sun Mee Chomet reads excerpts from her new script in Rimon’s next Artist Salon—Writing Backwards: Finding Meaning in a Family’s Past—on May 7, 7 p.m., at the Playwrights’ Center. FFI:

SAVE THE DATE! P’Chotchka returns this year on June 2, 6-8 p.m. A fast-paced evening of art, film, and performance. This year’s featured artists are Sonya Berlovitz, Judith Brin Ingber, Craig Harris, Neal Karlen, Esther Ouray, Claude Riedel, Norah Shapiro, and Laura Silver.

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. Click here for more information about Rimon. Nu, you might even want to make a contribution:


Friday, April 11, 11:30 a.m. The installation Tents of Witness: Genocide and Conflict, produced by World Without Genocide, is on view at the Minnesota State Capitol (75 Rev. MLK Jr. Blvd., St. Paul) for one-day. FFI: 651-695-7621.

Friday, April 11, 8 p.m. Broken Survival Tactics is an interactive reading featuring five writers (Neal Karlen among them) who were inspired by the Soap Factory’s exhibit of new media artists, Artists on the Verge 5 (514 2nd St. SE, Mpls). TalkingImage Connection is the producer. FFI:

Sunday, April 13, 10 a.m. The Yiddish Vinkl brings us Musik Un Nukh Mer Musik (Music and More Music), featuring the talents of Markle Karlen, the Twin Cities Jewish Chorale, Jerry Siegel, Rita Lusky, Max Elkin, and more. The venue is the Sabes JCC (Barry Family Campus, 4330 S. Cedar Lake Rd., Mpls). FFI: 952-544-5423.

Sunday, April 13, 11 a.m. Anita White speaks about her exhibit, An Artist’s Journey Through Caregiving: Bearing Witness to Illness, Grief, and Loss through Art, at First Congregational Church (500 8th Ave. SE, Mpls). FFI:

Sunday, April 13, 1 p.m. The eminent filmmaker Claude Lanzmann’s new documentary, The Last of the Unjust, is given a single showing at the Mpls-St. Paul International Film Festival at St. Anthony Main Theater (115 SE Main St., Mpls). It consists of interviews with Benjamin Murmelstein, the last President of the Jewish Council at Theresienstadt. FFI: 612-331-4724.

Thursday, April 17, 1 p.m. The U of M’s Center for Jewish Studies hosts a symposium, Figural Jews: Jewish Identity in Modern Literature and Philosophy, in the Shepherd Room at the Weisman Art Museum (333 E. River Pkwy., Mpls). The event continues on April 18. FFI: 612-624-4914.

Thursday, April 17, 7:10 p.m. Israeli director Reshef Levi’s film Hunting Elephants is part of this year’s Mpls-St. Paul International Film Festival at St. Anthony Main Theater (115 SE Main St., Mpls). The film screens again on April 19 (11:40 p.m.). FFI: 612-331-4724.

Saturday, April 19, 8 p.m. The Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company brings David Bar Katz’s fascinating script, The History of Invulnerability, to its Hillcrest Center Theater stage (1978 Ford Pkwy., St. Paul). The production, which runs through May 11, tells the story of the creation of Superman in the context of its tumultuous times. FFI: 651-647-4315.

Wednesday, April 23, 2 p.m. The Chai-Light Chorus, under Mark Bloom’s direction, presents 20th Century Broadway at Beth El Synagogue (5225 Barry W. St., St. Louis Park). The concert is repeated that evening at Beth El at 7 p.m.—and again on April 29 (7 p.m.) at Bet Shalom Congregation (13613 Orchard Rd., Minnetonka). FFI: 952-920-3512.

Wednesday, April 23, 7:30 p.m. Voices of Sepharad teams up with outstanding South Indian musicians to present Song of Wonder, a concert of Judeo-Spanish and Carnatic music, poetry, and folktales, at the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas at the University of St. Thomas (2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul). FFI: 651-962-5780.

Thursday, April 24, 7 p.m. Graphic novelist extraordinaire Art Spiegelman, creator of Maus, is speaking in the Pen Pals author series through the Friends of the Hennepin County Library at the Hopkins Center for the Arts (1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins). FFI: 612-543-8108.

Saturday, April 26, 6 p.m. The Sacred Arts Festival at the University of St. Thomas hosts an artists reception in honor of this year’s exhibition inspired by the theme of wonder. Among the artists represented is photographer Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin. FFI:

Sunday, April 27, 2 p.m. The Tychman Shapiro Gallery (Barry Family Campus, 4330 S. Cedar Lake Rd., Mpls) hosts an opening for a new exhibit, Keren Or: A Decade of Writing and Photography, that celebrates the creative work of Jewish Minnesota teens over the past ten years. The afternoon event includes an awards ceremony, open to the public, of this year’s winners. The exhibit runs through May 22. FFI: 952-381-3416.

Sunday, April 27, 2 p.m. Peter Arnstein brings his considerable piano chops and witty presence to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church (301 Cty. Rd. 19, Excelsior) in a recital of classical repertoire. Also featured is the premiere of his own work, Fantasy on Finnegan’s Wake. FFI: 952-474-8893.

Sunday, April 27, 10 a.m. Harmony Theatre presents The Children’s Republic, a play based on the life of Janusz Korczak at the St. Paul JCC (1375 St. Paul Ave.). The performance is repeated at 3 p.m.—and again in May at the Capri Theater (2027 W. Broadway Ave., Mpls) on May 15 (7 p.m.) and May 18 (1 and 5 p.m.). FFI: 763-442-1628.

Monday, April 28, 7:30 p.m. Carol Zemel speaks on Partial Visions: Art Today in Israel at Adath Jeshurun Congregation (10500 Hillside Lane W., Minnetonka). FFI: 612-624-4914.

Tuesday, April 29, 7 p.m. Rebecca Kanner speaks about her novel Sinners and the Sea as well as about her writing process at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church (55 Groveland Ave., Mpls). Tim Sparks provides a musical backdrop. FFI: 612-871-5303.

Wednesday, April 30, 7 p.m. The documentary film BESA: The Promise is screening at the William Mitchell College of Law Auditorium (875 Summit Ave., St. Paul). The film, sponsored by World Without Genocide, elucidates the heroism of Albanians in rescuing Jews during WWII. FFI: 651-695-7621.

Through April 30. Jane Strauss’s photographic exhibit A Part or Apart about disability and inclusion in the faith community is (in part) on display at Dunn Bros (1012 Diffley Rd., Eagan). FFI: 651-209-3378.

Thursday, May 1, 6:30 p.m. Voices of Sepharad teams up with outstanding South Indian musicians to present Song of Wonder, a concert of Judeo-Spanish and Carnatic music, poetry, and folktales, at the Sacred Heart Chapel at Saint Benedict’s Monastery (104 Chapel Lane, St. Joseph). FFI: 651-962-5780.

Tuesday, May 6, 7:30 p.m. United Theological Seminary hosts a reception in Bigelow Chapel (3000 5th St. NW, New Brighton) to celebrate the release of Rabbi Amy Eilberg’s book From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace. FFI: 651-633-4311.

Wednesday, May 7, 7 p.m. Sun Mee Chomet reads excerpts from her new script in Rimon’s next Artist Salon—Writing Backwards: Finding Meaning in a Family’s Past—at the Playwrights’ Center. FFI:

Through May 15. Park Square Theatre (408 St. Peter St., St. Paul) is performing a run of matinee shows of The Diary of Anne Frank.  FFI: 651-291-7005.

Through June 16. An exhibit of photos by Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin is on display at Croixdale Senior Residence (750 Highway 95, Bayport) as part of the Enriching Arts Program curated by the Phipps Center for the Arts. FFI: 651-275-4800.


Writing Backwards: Finding Meaning in a Family’s Past

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 7 p.m.
Playwrights’ Center (2301 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis)
Cost: $10 ($5: students)

Sun Mee Chomet
Actor/playwright Sun Mee Chomet reads excerpts from her new script about her Viennese Jewish grandfather who was forced to flee Austria prior to the Nazi incursion. Moderator Samuel Norich, publisher of The Jewish Daily Forward, leads discussion after the performance.

Click here to purchase tickets online or contact the Rimon office at 952-381-3449.

This Salon is co-sponsored by The Jewish Daily Forward, Playwrights’ Center, and the Jewish Community Relations Council. The Rimon Artist Salon series is funded in part by the Tychman Shapiro Gallery of the Sabes JCC.



Highlights from Last Year’s Artist Salons

Rimon's 2012 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 April 2014 edition.

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Rimon Advisory Board & Staff


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

Board Members
Robyn Awend
Judy Brier
Barbara Camm
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
Rachel Raz
Jeffrey Richman
Jason Rose
Leighton Siegel
Peter Sussman
Rabbi Aaron Weininger



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

David Jordan Harris, Executive Director
Siri Maitra, Administrative Assistant