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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Mazal 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.
Slingshot is a go-to resource for volunteers, activists and donors looking for new opportunities and projects. The guide has grown to become an important funding source, a closely watched seal of approval, and a leading voice advocating for innovation in Jewish life.
History of Slingshot
The idea for Slingshot developed organically following a weekend retreat for a dozen young Jews in 2004, who were preparing to become involved in their family foundations. Participants were hoping to learn how to navigate the alphabet soup of the Jewish community and sort out which organizations resonated for themselves and their peers. They imagined a Zagat-style guidebook and with the help of staff from the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies they worked to produce Slingshot: A Resource Guide to Jewish Innovation to highlight the 50 most innovative nonprofits in North American Jewish life for themselves and their peers. In 2007, the next-generation funders responsible for Slingshot took their concept a step further, and created the Slingshot Fund, a peer-giving network, to support Jewish organizations that resonated with their generation. The Slingshot Fund exposes its next generation funders to a professional grant-making process. While many come from family’s involved in philanthropy, most have yet to review grant proposals, conduct site visits, and make allocation decisions. In conjunction with a group of their peers, Slingshot offers them the opportunity to develop those skills and learn from experts in the field while leveraging their small gifts into a significant grant pool.
Slingshot’s mission is to strengthen innovation in Jewish life by developing next-generation funders and providing resources to leverage their impact in the Jewish community. To address this mission, Slingshot facilitates networks and run programs for the three central stakeholders of Jewish innovation:
1. Next generation funders
2. Innovative organizations
3. Funders of Jewish innovation
Since its inception, Slingshot has grown to become an important funding source, a closely watched seal of approval, and a leading voice advocating for innovation in Jewish life.
CALLING ALL TEEN JEWISH WRITERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS
Keren Or (Ray of Light) announces the 10th annual writing and photography contest for Jewish youth. Minnesota Jewish students in grades 7-12 are invited to submit original poetry, prose, and photographs. The deadline for submissions is Monday, February 3, 2014, 5 p.m.
Prizes in each category are $100 for first place and $50 for second and third places. Winning entries will be published at the Keren Or website and in a special supplement to The American Jewish World. They will also be included in a ten-year anniversary exhibit of Keren Or’s winning submissions at the Tychman Shapiro Gallery at the Sabes JCC in spring of 2014.
Keren Or was founded in 2004 by Jerry and Eileen Siegel to honor the memory of their daughter, Karen Siegel-Jacobs. The contest is currently managed by Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council (an initiative of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation) and is funded by the Karen Siegel-Jacobs Fund at the Adath Jeshurun Foundation.
For additional information and contest rules, visit www.kerenorcontest.org.
Rimon Reviewing Project Grant Proposals in its Autumn Round
Rimon is now reviewing 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.
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 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.
Rimon Selects Recipients of Autumn 2012 Project Support Grants
Singers in Accord has been awarded funding to support the music residency of acclaimed conductor and Jewish music specialist Joshua Jacobson in the spring of 2013. The week-long residency includes seminars, classes, and public concerts.
The Sabes JCC has been awarded funding to support special programming within the 2013 Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival –screening of the Israeli documentary Life in Stills; a photographic exhibit connected to the film; and a post-film discussion.
For the complete December 2013 schedule of events and opportunities, click here.
Tuesday, December 3, 7 p.m. Beth Jacob Congregation (1179 Victoria Curve, Mendota Heights) screens Noemi Schory’s hilarious documentary Haute Cuisine Goes Kosher about a gathering in Jerusalem of thirteen of the world’s most renowned chefs. FFI: 651-452-2226.
Thursday, December 5, 7 p.m. The Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company begins a limited run of Jenna Zark’s ever-popular holiday drama The Magic Dreidels at the Hillcrest Theater (1978 Ford Pkwy., St. Paul). The play runs through December 20. FFI: 651-647-4315.
Friday, December 6, 6 p.m. It’s opening night for the exhibit Power Lines II at Thomas Barry Fine Arts (900 6th Ave. SE, Mpls). The exhibition, which features fifteen artists including Shana Kaplow, runs through February 6. FFI: 612-338-3656.
Friday, December 6. You really don’t want to miss the documentary AKA Doc Pomus about how a guy whose birth name was Jerome Felder became one of the truly brilliant songwriters of early rock-and-roll. It’s playing for one week only--through December 12—at the St. Anthony Main Theatre (115 SE Main St., Mpls). FFI: 612-331-4724.
Sunday, December 8, noon. Vine Arts Center (2637 27th Ave. S., Mpls) hosts a holiday sale featuring art work by more than two dozen artists, including Aribert Munzner. FFI: 612-321-2007.
Sunday, December 8, 2 p.m. Actor Susan Stein presents excerpts from her one-woman play Etty based on the letters and diaries of Etty Hillesum, at the JSB Tek Box in the Cowles Center for Dance (528 Hennepin Ave., 2nd floor, Mpls). Theater director Carolyn Levy joins Stein onstage in this Rimon Artist Salon for a dialogue about how live theater can create potent communal experiences in spaces ranging from traditional theaters to prisons. FFI: 952-381-3449.
Monday, December 9, 7 p.m. Tommy and the Liebermen play the Dakota Jazz Club (1010 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls). Listening to guitarist Tom Lieberman is always a good reason to leave the house. FFI: 612-332-5299.
Monday, December 9, 7 p.m. Amy Salloway weaves her magic in Rockstar Storytellers: Booze, Food and Feelings at the Bryant Lake Bowl (810 W. Lake St., Mpls). FFI: 825-8949.
Wednesday, December 11, 7:30 p.m. The St. Paul JCC Symphony (1375 St. Paul Ave.), under the baton of Amir Kats, opens its season with Beethoven, Saint-Saens, and Grieg. Stop by at 7 p.m. for a pre-concert chat with the conductor. FFI: 651-698-0754.
Thursday, December 12, 7 p.m. Maurice Sendak’s classic Where the Wild Things Are is adapted for the stage by Anthony Neuman and performed at the Sabes JCC (Barry Family Campus, 4330 S. Cedar Lake Rd., Mpls) by the Youth Performance Program. It’s repeated on December 14 (7 p.m.) and December 15 (2 p.m.). FFI: 952-381-3499.
Thursday, December 12, 6 p.m. Drop by an opening reception for Bob Wolfe’s exhibit at the Tychman Shapiro Gallery (Barry Family Campus, 4330 S. Cedar Lake Rd., Mpls) entitled A Drop of Life in the Sea of Time. The exhibit runs through January 23. An exhibit with the same name is running concurrently at the St. Paul JCC (1375 St. Paul Ave.), featuring a different selection of Wolfe’s photographs. FFI: 952-381-3416.
Thursday, December 12, 7 p.m. Actor/playwright Susan Stein presents her one-woman performance Etty at the Frey Theater on the campus of St. Catherine University (2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul). Based on the writings of Etty Hillesum, the performance is repeated on December 13 (7 p.m.). FFI: 651-696-2788.
Through December 14. David Feinberg and Joyce Lyon are among the faculty artists presented in the 10th Anniversary Faculty Exhibition at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery (405 21st Ave. S., Mpls). Also on view through November 23 in the adjacent Regis West Gallery is work by Howard Oransky. FFI: 612-624-7900.
Sunday, December 15, 7:30 p.m. It’s more Amy Salloway in The Encyclopedia Show: Exercise! at Kieran’s Irish Pub (601 1st Ave. N., Mpls). Can’t make this one? Amy’s part of Cheap Theatre’s Close at the Black Forest Inn on December 21 (7:30 p.m.). FFI: 612-339-4499.
Rimon Artist Salon: Conversations with Etty
Sunday, December 8, 2013, 2 p.m.
JSB Tek Box
The Cowles Center for Dance (2nd floor)
528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
Cost: $10 ($5: students)
Photo by Ricardo Barros
Click here to purchase tickets online or contact the Rimon office at 952-381-3449.
This Salon is co-sponsored by 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
Art Maven: Past Columns
A Room with a View
A Time to Build
Breathing New Energy into Jewish Life Creating Art
Learning Jewish Values The Secret Life of Puppets
The Environment and Jewish Values
Sustainability, and an Artist's Voice
Going Undercover with Teenage Filmmakers
In the Arts Passion Prevails
Come Home to Community
Who in the World Was Bernard Herrmann?
Arts Build Bridges Between Cultures
Tobi Kahn Visits Minnesota
Born in Hardship, Nurtured by Collaboration
Glass Glows in a Garden
Oy Vey is Yiddish for Uff-da
Rimon Advisory Board & Staff
Janet Kampf, Chair
Maury Landsman, Vice Chair
Jonathan Gross, Secretary/Treasurer
Debra Fisher Goldstein
Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin
Rabbi Aaron Weininger
Honorary Board Members
Judith Brin Ingber
David Jordan Harris, Executive Director
Nicole Mass, Administrative Assistant