Do you know teens in grades 7-12 who like to write or use a camera? Rimon invites them to submit original poetry, creative prose, and photography to Keren Or (Ray of Light), a creative arts contest for Minnesota Jewish youth. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 15. FFI: kerenorcontest.org
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Saturday, December 1, 6:30 p.m. The singing the dancing, oy! Brighten a winter night with Mayim Rabim Congregation’s talent show/benefit (4401 York Ave S, Mpls). The event features members of the congregation sharing their talents in a fun, friendly setting. You won't want to miss a bonus performance by Rabbi Stiefel. FFI: mayimrabim.org
Sunday, December 2, 1 p.m. The Minnesota Jewish Theatre (1978 Ford Pkwy, St Paul) features a return engagement of its hit holiday show, The Chanukah Guest, which tells the story of Bubba Brayna. While making latkes for the first night of Chanukah, a smell from her kitchen brings an unexpected visitor. The production runs through December 18. FFI: mnjewishtheatre.org
Through December 2. The Overlook Gallery at The Phipps Center for the Arts (109 Locust St. Hudson, WI) hosts an exhibition of new works by ceramicist/sculptor Denise Tennen. FFI: thephipps.org
Through December 2. Marjorie Fedyszyn, artist-educator and Jerome Fiber Artist Grant recipient, shows her cumulous 3-D sculptures in an exhibit called Irreproachable at the Hopkins Art Center (1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins). FFI: hopkinsartscenter.com
Monday, December 3, 11 p.m. Watch "Feygel The Pigeonkeeper" in a home broadcast on Twin Cities Public TV's MNTV. Directed and animated by Emily Fritze, this short film brings a bittersweet tale from Eddie Estrin's “The Golem” to life. The broadcast repeats on December 4 and 22. Check your local listing for specifics.
Tuesday, December 4, 5:30 p.m. Three Breslov Chassidim, two Americans, and one Israeli make up Simply Tsfat, the musical band. Their concert at Adath Israel Synagogue (2337 Edgcumbe Rd, St Paul) will spread the joy and inspiration emanating from the mystical city of Tsfat. FFI: 651-698-8300
Wednesday, December 5, 7 p.m. The Minnesota Sinfonia presents its free annual holiday concert at Metro State University (700 E 7th St, St Paul). The program, which is repeated on December 8 and 9 at the Basilica of Saint Mary and Sholom West, includes a number of conductor Jay Fishman’s Chanukah compositions. FFI: mnsinfonia.org
Thursday, December 6, 7 p.m. Form + Content Gallery (210 N 2nd St, Mpls) hosts an artist talk by painter Michal Sagar related to her new exhibit A Fertile Emptiness. The show runs through January 5. FFI: formandcontent,org
Thursday, December 6, 7:30 p.m. Storyteller Amy Salloway and three other writer-performers present original poems and stories read/performed by their creators as part of the Midstream Reading Series in the Blue Moon building (3820 E Lake St, Mpls). FFI: amysalloway.com
Thursday, December 6. The Jewish Women Artists' Circle opens an interfaith exhibit called Community at Mount Zion Temple (1300 Summit Ave, St Paul). It’s on view through January. FFI: email@example.com
Saturday, December 8, 5:30 p.m. There’s more Chanukah family fun at Adath Jeshurun Congregation (10500 Hillside Ln W, Minnetonka) with a Hanukkah concert featuring popular singer-songwriter Billy Jonas. (How many ways can we spell Hanuka?) FFI: 952-545-2424
Sunday, December 9, 10 a.m. The Yiddish Vinkl is at it again, presenting Zayer a lebedik tseit - Such a lively time at the Sabes JCC (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls). The Yiddish Vinklers present a skit, a sing-along with musical favorites by Rita Lusky, games, and light refreshments. FFI: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, December 9, 7:30 p.m. The Cedar Cultural Center (416 Cedar Ave S, Mpls) presents multi-instrumentalist Lisa Gutkin and friends in The Music and Musicians of Indecent. Recently seen in a Rimon Artist Salon, Lisa celebrates Chanukah with some Klezmer dance tunes, original songs, improvisations, and (of course) selections from last year’s Guthrie hit Indecent. FFI: ticketfly.com/event/1775064?utm_source=MEL&utm_medium=279710
Tuesday, December 11, 7 p.m. World Without Genocide shows the film The Weapons of the Spirit at Mitchell Hamline School of Law (875 Summit Ave, St. Paul). This well-known documentary tells the story of the heroism of a small town in France whose citizens saved over 5,000 Jews from the Nazi regime. Nelly Trocme Hewitt, whose father led this heroic effort, will speak about her experiences in that village. FFI: worldwithoutgenocide.org
Thursday, December 13, 7 p.m. The documentary, The Penalty, follows three people caught in the cross-hairs of capital punishment and the political landscape that could decide their fate. The evening concludes with a Q&A facilitated by Steve Kaplan at Beth El Synagogue (5225 Barry St W, St. Louis Park). FFI: besyn.org/event/the-penalty-a-film-screening/
Through December 14. The most recent installment of David Feinberg’s Voice to Vision is on display at SEIU Local 26 (826 18th Ave NE, Mpls). The ambitious art project brings together survivors from the Holocaust as well as contemporary genocides--always with intriguing artistic results. FFI: 612.625.8096
Saturday, December 15, 3 p.m. Eddie Estrin and Mike Croswell share the stage at Nomad World Pub (501 Cedar Ave, Mpls) for a 30-minute set of improvised ambient electronic music. FFI: eddieestrin.com/gigs
Saturday, December 15, 7:30 p.m. The EarthSounds Choir Winter Concert, directed by Ariella Forstein, highlights melodies from around the world and 'on-the-spot' improvised songs. The theme is "Freedom." Join in a beautiful, community-oriented evening of spirited non-denominational song at SpringHouse Ministry Center (610 W 28th St, Mpls). FFI: ariellaapproach.com/earthsounds-choir/
Sunday, December 16, 4 p.m. Leonard Bernstein’s centenary is not being ignored! The Twin Cities Jewish Chorale presents a Jewish slant in The Jewish Legacy of Leonard Bernstein assisted by Stephen Sondheim at Bet Shalom Congregation (13613 Orchard Rd, Hopkins). Several local cantors will provide solos. FFI: email@example.com
Through December 20. The galleries at both the Sabes JCC and St. Paul JCC present the They/Them Project, an ongoing podcast and photo series which gives gender nonconforming individuals a platform to be seen and heard. FFI: sabesjcc.org
Monday, December 24, 7:30 p.m. Deep in the heart of New York’s reclusive Hasidic Jewish community, Menashe–a kind, hapless grocery store clerk–struggles to make ends meet and responsibly parent his young son, Rieven. Watch the film Menashe (rated 95% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) at Chabad Minneapolis (2845 Hedberg Dr, Minnetonka). FFI: 952.929.9922
Monday, December 31, 8:30 p.m. Looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve. The Minnesota Orchestra is putting on a musical celebration, featuring Jewish composers Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, and George Gershwin. FFI: minnesotaorchestra.org/holiday
1. The Bush Foundation is sponsoring MAKE IT HAPPEN!, an artist workshop series on how to conceive, prepare, and execute a creative project. Crafting a Pitch is the subject on Saturday, December 1 (12 p.m.)at the Minneapolis American Indian Center (1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls) featuring presenter Pa Na Lor. Next in the series is Project Realization on Tuesday, December 11 (6 p.m.) at SPNN (550 Vandalia St #170, St Paul) featuring presenters Erin Lavelle & Donald Thomas. FFI: http://northern.lights.mn/artist-opportunities/artist-workshop-series/
2. The Summer 2019 brochures are out, which only means one thing- it’s hiring season for Camp Olami! Camp Olami at the Sabes JCC is looking for qualified young men and women to serve as staff for the summer. Among the positions available are specialists (ages 20 and up) for arts & crafts, drama, and music. Staff must be available Monday-Friday, June 10 - August 9 from 8:30 am-4:30 pm. Some late nights and overnights are required, depending on assignment. Applicants should have previous experience working with children. FFI: sabesjccsummercamp.org. Contact Allie at (952) 381-3308 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Have you ever wanted to get a new project off the ground? Do you want to start something special, but just don’t have the resources? Then the YALA Grassroots Mini-Grant is for you! Thanks to the vision, guidance and support of the Minneapolis and Saint Paul Federations, there is now a way to get funds and resources into the hands of the individuals in the Twin Cities Jewish communities. These grants are being made available for young professionals and college students. FFI: email@example.com
4. The Nightingale Trio has just released a new music video. In Droysn Iz Finster: a Yiddish song is the featured song which the trio learned from a Ruth Rubin source recording. Check it out: https://youtu.be/6vtDzZyyP_A
5. Kol HaOt--a Jerusalem-based organization that combines the arts with Jewish themes, history and ideas--welcomes visual artists who are fascinated with Judaism’s rich sources to apply to its Artist in Residence program. The artist will be given a spacious working space at no cost to work on creative artwork(s) that explore the intersection of the arts, Judaism and Jewish sources. The Kol HaOt center is located in the `Chutzot HaYotzer Artists Colony’, just outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls, in a quiet, yet urban atmosphere. Kol HaOt staff will provide logistic and administrative assistance and familiarity with the local artistic cultural and religious scenes. The artist will work daily in an artistically, culturally and historically rich environment and will interact with gallery visitors and the Kol HaOt team. No deadline: applications accepted on an ongoing basis. Short term residency, from 1 to 4 months. FFI: kolhaot.com
6. The American Guild of Judaic Art celebrates the rich diversity and sacred beauty of Judaic art around the world. Its goal is to establish a community for those who are inspired to fulfill the commandment of hiddur mitzvah by creating, collecting, and exhibiting Jewish art. The Guild hosts an artists roster of international talent and offers online educational opportunities. Among the artists whose work is featured at its website is Minnesota-based glass artist Claude Riedel. FFI: jewishart.org
7. St. Mary’s University offers a Master's in Arts and Cultural Management, offering flexible part-time or full-time options with evening and weekend courses available. Gain real-world knowledge and experience from faculty and guest speakers who work in the field. Classroom learning covers the full spectrum of responsibilities that confront those who work in the culture sector, from fund development and marketing to nonprofit legal issues. Move through the program with a cohort of fellow students and build a network of professional colleagues along the way. Courses include a long-term residency where students gain management-level experience in the Twin Cities arts community. FFI: www.smumn.edu/graduate-home/areas-of-study/graduate-school-of-business-technology/ma-in-arts-cultural-management
8. Do you know someone with a passion for the arts and Jewish culture? Someone who is eager to translate that passion into a career? If so, consider enrolling in George Washington University’s Master's in Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts program, a unique degree program that brings together faculty from Museum Education and Judaic Studies to train the next generation of professionals in the growing field of Jewish arts and culture. Qualified applicants may also receive up to 85 percent tuition support with a grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation. FFI: firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-994-6281
9. Masa Israel Journey connects Jewish young adults to gap year, study abroad, post-college, and volunteer programs. Some Masa Israel programs of note include the Rimon Music Experience, WUJS Israel Arts-Tel Aviv and Dance Jerusalem. Through these immersive experiences, lasting between five and twelve months, participants develop a deep, personal connection to Israel and Jewish life. FFI: email@example.com
10. Springboard for the Arts’ Emergency Relief Fund exists to help cover unexpected emergency expenses due to loss from fire, theft, health emergency, or other catastrophic, career-threatening events. Artists who can demonstrate an artistic history and need, may access up to $500 to meet or defray such expenses. Payment is made directly to the creditor, not to the artist. FFI: 651-379-0871
11. The St. Paul JCC hosts a weekly class of Israeli folk dancing taught by master teacher Shira Schwartz. The class is open to both novice and expert every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. FFI: 651-255-4736
12. For those with little to no prior art experience but who wish to learn or perfect their techniques, join the Sabes JCC ongoing art class “Let’s Paint, Draw and Have Fun,” led by instructor Lou Kotlarz. The class meets every Monday at 10 a.m. FFI: firstname.lastname@example.org