Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council's Monthly e-Guide
The June 2021 Edition
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P’Chotchka--a fast-paced evening of art, food, and ideas--is back on Monday, August 2. Eight artists, 18 images apiece, 18 seconds per image. This year it’s outdoors at the Como Lakeside Pavilion. It’s not too early to buy your tickets. This event often sells out. FFI:

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Wednesday, June 2, 4 p.m. Join the Minnesota JCC and Minnesota Center for Book Arts for a free virtual letterpress workshop with Hebrew type. Led by MCBA’s studio technician, the class will learn about the printing press, its historical significance as a tool of social and political movements, and explore the development of Jewish printing and Hebrew type. Registration required:

Thursday, June 3, 6 pm. Klezmer expert Henry Sapoznik examines early recordings of klezmorim in Jews and Jazz: Before the Beginning in order to show how that generation took to jazz as both a social and musical gateway, speeding up and encouraging their acculturation from old world to new. It’s a virtual talk. FFI:

Friday, June 4, 5 p.m. Dreamsong (1237 4th St NE, Mpls), the Twin Cities’ newest multidisciplinary arts venue, holds an opening reception for its inaugural exhibit, glitter of seas, curated by Rebecca Heidenberg. The exhibit explores maternity through painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and video by contemporary female artists and features deeply intimate and personal work, explorations of the maternal body, conceptual projects, and work grounded in broader socio-political realities. The exhibit is on view through August 8. RSVP:


Monday, June 7, 6:30 p.m. Dance and Identity: An Intersectional Presentation and Panel is presented as part of the Queer Jewish Arts Festival, a series of programs celebrating LGBTQIA+ stories and experiences through film, theater, music, and literature. The panel includes Hadar Ahuvia, Timoth David Copney, Adam W. McKinney, and Jesse Zaritt. Register: Gordon Center For Performing Arts via ThunderTix


Tuesday, June 8, 2 p.m. Chagall and the Bible, a virtual webinar with Jean Bloch Rosensaft, reveals how memories of Marc Chagall’s youth in Vitebsk, the Russian Revolution, his 1931 visit to Palestine, the Holocaust, his personal religiosity, and his admiration for the old masters informed Chagall’s imagination to create visual interpretations of the core text of the Jewish people.  Register:

Tuesday, June 8, 6:30 p.m. Join Rachel Sharona Lewis and Mónica Gomery in Shaping Worlds with Words: Two Emerging Queer Jewish Writers in Conversation about writing at the intersection of Judaism and queerness. The authors reflect together on the creative process, their latest projects, and the shared themes that run between their work. Register: Gordon Center For Performing Arts via ThunderTix

Thursday, June 10, 6 p.m Learn more about Perci Chester’s new sculpture Film Noir Ensemble at an outdoor artist talk and reception at Anderson Center Sculpture Garden (163 Tower View Dr, Red Wing, MN). The new twenty-two-foot sculpture is a pair of abstracted figures in motion, assembled from pieces of a salvaged water tower. Textured steel and rivets were coated in intense candy-colored paints. FFI:

Thursday, June 10, 6:30 p.m. Catch a virtual performance by a trio from the band Tsibele who promise to bring a very traditional, queer, and feminist voice to the emotional richness of Yiddish music, klezmer, and its neighbors. With voices, accordion, violin, and wooden flutes, the trio intersperses traditional dance tunes with songs of heartbreak, solidarity, and resistance to heteropatriarchy. Register: Gordon Center For Performing Arts via ThunderTix

Friday, June 11, 6 p.m. The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (2501 Stevens Ave, Mpls) hosts an opening reception for Then & Now: 25+ Years of MCAD MFA, featuring fifteen artists from the earliest years of its MFA program (including artist/educator Michal Sagar) and their mentors (such as Joyce Lyon and David Rich). The exhibit, which is open by appointment only, runs through July 11. FFI:

Sunday, June 13, 6:30 p.m. The closing night event of the Queer Jewish Arts Festival features creator/performers Yehuda Hyman and Sara Felder in Name Game. They promise to juggle and go-go dance their way through time, history, mystery, and float through myriad identities as queer Jewish theater-makers. Register: Gordon Center For Performing Arts via ThunderTix

Monday, June 14. Traffic Zone Gallery (250 3rd Ave N, Mpls) presents Tree of Life, a new exhibition of paintings by Howard Oransky dedicated to the memory of Robert Levy. The exhibit runs through July 16. FFI:

Thursday, June 17, 6 p.m. The Yiddish Book Center produces yet another intriguing event with Eddy Portnoy lecturing on Modicut Yiddish Puppet Theater (1925–1933), using photos, illustrations, and a short film, to tell the compelling history of this unusual Yiddish puppet theater. FFI:

Tuesday, June 22, 6 p.m. Professors Sunny Yudkoff and Saul Zaritt present Jacob Glatstein and Yiddish Rage in their virtual talk (produced by the Yiddish Book Center) on a range of texts demonstrating Yiddish poet and critic Jacob Glatstein’s creativity and conception of Yiddish as a folk language and a language for art. FFI:

Thursday, June 24, 6 p.m. Yiddish cookbooks tell fascinating stories about their authors, publishers, and intended readers. Drawing on gems in the Yiddish Book Center’s collection, Cooking with Yiddish: Highlights from the Yiddish Book Center Collection presented by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett will explore what this unique literary genre can reveal about Jewish life. FFI:

Thursday, June 24, 7 p.m. It’s opening night at Form + Content Gallery (210 N 2nd St, Mpls) which presents When Pattern Becomes Form, an exhibition of new work by Clarence Morgan, Stuart Nielsen, and Howard Oransky. The exhibit runs through July 31. In honor of opening night, the artists offer an online artists’ talk. The link is available by contacting 

Saturday, June 26, 7 p.m. You have ten days to see the film version of The Garden - A Refuge by Storydance Theater. Created by Cia Sautter, the project is a re-interpretation of the story of Job through the lens of earth-based creation. Performers include Cialuna, Vickijoan Keck, Ross Fellrath, Emily Jarrett Hughes, Dagmara Gutman, Diana Viteri with cinematography by Jenny Zander. Tickets:

Through August 9. The eight artists of the Ararat Collective, including local favorite Robyn Awend, are producing a series of works and events under the title Ararat Collective’s Map to Surviving a Pandemic. Check out Robyn’s new work, Pandemic Table of Elements, an interactive piece that explores an alternate version of the traditional Periodic Table of Elements, documenting pandemic daily life; new rituals and routines, circumstances and vocabulary. To check out this piece, add your voice, and experience the work of the other artists, visit

Through August 15. Saul Steinberg is widely known for his decades of drawings in The New Yorker magazine. He thought of himself as an author who drew—a conceptual artist. Whether studying the pulse of urban life, the limits of language, or the history of art, he had a knack for destabilizing his audience, gently reorienting them to his off-kilter point of view. The Minneapolis Institute of Art (2400-3rd Ave S, Mpls) presents a sampling of his work in Saul Steinberg: Visual Verse. FFI: 


Ongoing. In the Israeli film drama Tikkun directed by Avishai Sivan, Haim-Aaron is an ultra-Orthodox religious scholar from Jerusalem whose talent and devotion are envied by all. One evening, following a self-imposed fast, he collapses and loses consciousness. The paramedics announce his death, but his father, refusing to let him go, takes over resuscitation efforts and, beyond all expectations, Haim-Aaron comes back to life. More drama ensues. FFI:

Ongoing. St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts presents Artist Showcase ‘21, an online community art exhibit exploring the work of sixty St Louis Park and Golden Valley artists in a 3D virtual gallery. Among the artists on view are Bonnie Rubinstein, Heather Villars, Jeanne Aaron, and Kathilyn Solomon. FFI:

Ongoing. Film Noir Ensemble by sculptor Perci Chester is on view at the Anderson Center Sculpture Garden in Red Wing (163 Tower View Dr). The twenty-two foot high sculpture comprises a pair of animated figures, assembled from pieces of an old water tower. Rust and rivets are now coated in intense candy-colored paints. The Sculpture Garden is open daily (8 a.m.–10 p.m.) FFI:

Ongoing. The Jimmy Wilson Gallery is a virtual fine art gallery featuring limited edition prints by Jimmy Wilson and the work of local, national, and international featured guest artists. The gallery features 24 guest artists producing work in a variety of different art media. FFI: 

Ongoing. Now is the perfect time to join with other dancers from the Twin Cities and from around the world in a live (on Zoom) Israeli dance session. Led by Shira and Michael Schwartz, the group meets weekly every Sunday from 6:30-8:30 PM (CT). What a great way to add needed exercise to our pandemic lives along with the cultural and social connection we are all craving! Even if you don't dance, or can't in your current situation, this is a wonderful way to connect to Israeli culture. For the Zoom link, contact 

Ongoing. The Sabes JCC hosts a virtual exhibit, Muddy Waters, featuring new work by over two dozen artists in the Jewish Artists’ Lab. Muddy Waters explores a wide array of pressing environmental issues using many art forms. The art comments on the current state of our planet, our responsibility to serve as activists, and how art plays a key role in making change. FFI:



Sarah Larsson of Folk Will Save Us and The Nightingale Trio is teaching two sessions of kids camp in Yiddish folksongs and tales through Pinwheel Arts and Movement Studio in Minneapolis. Kids will learn songs and folk tales from Eastern Europe and wonder about the ways people experienced the same songs a century ago. We’ll take a nature walk and learn the names of trees, flowers, ducks, and squirrels in Yiddish, and we’ll act out folk tales about adventurous and funny kids like us. We’ll remember the fact that many of our ancestors came to North America from other places and that we are guests on Native land. Each day we’ll write our own folktale based on some of the mischievous heroes and (mis)adventures we learned from other stories and songs. All are welcome; no Jewish/Yiddish heritage required. In fact, we’d love to hear about everyone’s different family stories. June 14-18, Ages 5-7, Aug 2-6, Ages 8-12. FFI: 

HELP WANTED: Assistant Editor. The American Jewish World is looking for a journalist who'd like to work on the Jewish beat. The American Jewish World, the monthly newspaper of the Jewish community in Minnesota, is seeking a journalist to fill a variety of editorial roles. The main duties in this part-time position (30-40 hours per month) will be to edit news wire copy and a variety of organizational events and social notices for the newspaper. The Assistant Editor will help coordinate the editorial workflow during the monthly production cycle and write news reports and feature stories. Closer to the press deadline, the Assistant Editor will help proof copy and determine that the proper corrections have been made. The Assistant Editor also will update content on the American Jewish World website, which is based on the WordPress application. The successful candidate will have proficiency with Mac computers; MS Word; and some familiarity with Photoshop, for prepping photos for the newspaper and website. Knowledge of AP Style and periodical experience is desired. Knowledge of Judaism and the local Jewish community will be helpful. Orientation and training for this position will begin ASAP.


The Minnesota Sinfonia announces a call for new and unpublished (chamber) orchestral scores. Five new works will be premiered during the 2021-22 season, with composers receiving compensation ranging between $500 and $6,000. Deadline for entries is August 15, 2021. In addition, $500 will be awarded to a young composer who meets the above guidelines and is under the age of 19 before June 1, 2021. Deadline for the young composer competition is June 1. FFI: 612-871-1701

Rabbi Shefa Gold returns to Minnesota for a retreat July 15-18 entitled Devotional Chant: Healing the Spirit, Transforming the Mind, Deepening Love, Remembering Wholeness at the Episcopal House of Prayer in Collegeville. Chant is a foundational practice found in virtually all faith traditions, including Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism. While on retreat, the group will explore the ways they have become separated from their own bodies, from the earth on which they dwell, and from the wholeness of Creation. The participants will celebrate and re-connect using chant, movement, reflection and sacred dialogue. FFI:


The American Jewish Historical Society is hosting a national poetry contest that asks students: “If you could write a poem for the Statue of Liberty today, what would it say?” Submissions will be divided into three groups: Middle School, High School and Collegiate/Adult Emerging Poet. Winners in each category will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and be featured in an upcoming AJHS Film and publication. All submissions will be preserved in the AJHS Archive alongside the collection of Emma Lazarus. Deadline for submission is July 22.


The instrumentalist and spiritual seeker Yuval Ron leads a retreat at the Episcopal House of Prayer on Aug 19-22 called One Song – Deep Spirituality and Sound of the Three Abrahamic Religions. Yuval Ron is an internationally renowned World Music artist, composer, educator, peace activist, and record producer. He has received many honors and awards. He was the featured artist in the Gala Concert for the Dalai Lama’s initiative Seeds of Compassion in the Seattle Opera Hall in 2008, and has collaborated with the Sufi leader Pir Zia Inayat Khan since 2006.  Yuval Ron continuously researches various ethnic musical traditions and spiritual paths worldwide. FFI: 

The American Guild of Judaic Art is looking to create partnerships, opportunities, and community across artistic disciplines and has put out a call soliciting events to post at its website. If you are an artist, musician, dancer, filmmaker, author, performing artist, or anyone creating Jewish content either live or on video and you would like to have your event listed on the Guild’s Cultural Arts Calendar, we are looking for you. As well as a Working Artist Grant open to all visual artists, artisans creating Judaica, practicing and/or teaching artists/artisans, and professional artists. To post your event and apply: 

Artist Career Consultations. Thirty leading artists from around Minnesota are ready to work with you on your creative plan: virtual one-on-one support navigating these difficult times. Choose your own consultant by discipline or expertise, or let Springboard for the Arts match you. With expertise across disciplines, cultures, and practices, these working artists can offer support with: 1) career planning; 2) website development and web presence; 3) legal and financial planning; and 4) grant-writing & fund development. Consultations are available on a sliding scale. In partnership with the City of Minneapolis Business Technical Assistance Program, consultations are available for free for artists in Minneapolis. FFI:

If you aren’t familiar with Springboard for the Arts, now’s a great time to explore their website. Their staff has assembled comprehensive resources related to COVID-19 and its impact on the arts community.

Because Your Health Matters is a project around art, health, and social connection. We invite local artists who live, work or are connected to the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood and/or People’s Center to create virtual and physically distanced activities that spread joy, relief, solidarity, information and wellness. Activities could be online or in public space – from virtual fitness or drawing classes to joyful messages decorating storefront windows and sidewalks, to live music to be enjoyed from open windows. Local artists will have the opportunity to showcase their talents and shine light in the community. Eligible artists may apply for $250 or a team of artists may apply for $500. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. FFI:

YALA’s Mini-Grant applications are open! Do you have an idea for a Jewish program? Are you looking for guidance and support with getting a new project off the ground? Do you want to start something special, but just don’t have the resources? The YALA Mini-Grant program supports new Jewish ideas and helps you incubate your project, with financial resources, promotion, and other support as needed. FFI: 



Holy Cow! Press, based in Duluth, is publishing Jane Yolen’s volume of poetry, Kaddish: Before the Holocaust and After. Described as poems of “witness and warning,” they resonate more than ever right now. FFI: 

Whether you are new to Ladino, have studied it before, or grew up hearing the language at home, the Ladino Linguist has an online class for you. He is offering a variety of eight-week language classes (intensive beginner, beginner, intermediate, conversation, advanced) as well as six-week reading classes (in Rashi and Solitreo). For course descriptions, dates, times, prices, and more, please visit:  

New books from Springboard for the Arts spark inspiration and aid learning. Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists curriculum and the Handbook for Artists Working in Community for sale! These workbooks are perfect for individual study, ready to be marked up and annotated, or as a textbook in a classroom or workshop setting. Both books are full-color and spiral bound, with illustration and design by Cori Nakamura Lin. Get one for your studio, classroom, or desk today! FFI:


Did you miss I once was a boy: On the edge with poet Anna Margolin, Rimon’s Artist Salon in May featuring the world premiere of Anat Spiegel’s Anna? You can watch it and the highlights of many other Rimon Artist Salons from the past. Visit: 

Multimedia artist Hanan Harchol never fails to stimulate ethical thinking with his artwork. In his fine art paintings, drawings and multimedia installations, Harchol addresses psychological, sociological, and ethical themes through narrative drawings, paintings, animation, and film, which usually feature Harchol and his parents. Harchol uses the family as a microcosm for the larger human condition, exploring the universal through the personal. His most recent work, an animated short film on the topic of Conflict Resolution, is available for viewing:

Kino Now offers ten newly restored Yiddish films in its collection The Jewish Soul: Classics of Yiddish Cinema. Using new translations and meticulously restored prints, the films are a precious document of a bygone era in Jewish life and in filmmaking. The films range from the best known examples of the genre such as The Dybbuk, Tevya, and The Yiddish King Lear to American Matchmaker, Her Second Mother, and Motel, the Operator. FFI:   

The book, Object Objects: Shana Kaplow, presents Kaplow’s practice as one might experience it through the intimacy of a studio visit. The volume features vividly printed images of finished works, behind-the-scenes process, installations, notes, sketches, experiments, a poetic essay by New Orleans writer, Veronica Kavass, and a conversation between Kaplow and Minneapolis artist, Sarah Petersen. This publication was supported by an Artist’s Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Shana is a member of TITLE collective, which connects artists in Minneapolis/St. Paul who self-publish artist’s books and zines. FFI:

Atist/writer Lucy Rose Fischer has crafted a book, The Journalist: Life and Loss in America’s Secret War, from her late brother Jerry’s writings. In the early 1960s, Jerry Rose interviewed Vietnamese villagers in a countryside riddled by a war of terror and embedded himself with the soldiers—the start of a dramatic, dangerous career. Through his stories and photographs, he exposed the secret beginnings of America’s Vietnam War at a time when most Americans have not heard of Vietnam. FFI: 

ChaiFlicks features great Jewish movies, including Sephardic programming from the New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival and lectures from the American Sephardi Federation’s Institute of Jewish Experience. New movies and programs are constantly coming online. Some of the films now streaming include: 24 Days, Cloudy Sunday, Live and Become, Nora’s Will, The Midnight Orchestra, The Pirate Captain Toledano, and Trees Cry for Rain. Use exclusive promo code ASF50 to save 50% off your first month at

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts has put together a long list of resources that may be useful to individual artists and arts organizations that have been impacted by COVID-19.

This is an excellent resource on Where to Support Black-Owned Businesses in the Twin Cities - Mpls.St.Paul Magazine ( Arts-minded audiences will want to pay attention, especially to the arts section.

The Social Justice Billboard Project elevates the voices and artwork of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists. NE Sculpture | Gallery Factory is renting three commercial billboards at the corner of 38th and Chicago in Minneapolis, the vigil site for George Floyd. Two of the billboards are on top of the Cub Foods; the third is diagonal across the square. The Project’s aspiration is to fund these three billboards for one year, with three participating artists rotating every three months for a total of 12 large-scale works by 12 BIPOC artists. Check it out. Support it. 

Learn more about and support Jews of color. Some of the numerous national organizations include the Jewish Multiracial Network, Jews of Color Field Building Initiative, Jews in ALL Hues, Be’chol Lashon, and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.

The Jews of Color Initiative has commissioned a major research study to understand the lived experiences and perspectives of Jews of Color nationwide. A multiracial research team based at Stanford University has created a thoughtful survey, and the Jews of Color Initiative wants 1,000 Jews of Color to participate! The Count Me In survey is an opportunity for Jews of Color to share how they think about Jewish identity, how systemic racism has shaped their experiences, and how they want the Jewish community to better reflect the diversity of Jews in the U.S. If you identify as a Jew of Color, go to to take the 15-minute survey and have your voice heard!

Jewish Family Service of St. Paul (JFS) announces the expansion of its emergency financial services program. Thanks to a grant from the St. Paul Jewish Federation, current JFS clients, members of the St. Paul Jewish community, and people who live or work in the West Seventh St. Paul neighborhood are eligible for up to $1,000 in assistance to pay rent, utilities, transportation and medical expenses with payments made directly to vendors. This is an increase in the previous maximum grant of $500. To apply for emergency assistance, contact Tim Gothmann at (651) 219-8556 or via email at

JFS continues the Community Support Program that offers three free 20-minute phone conversations with a JFS mental health professional. The need for additional mental health services has increased during this unprecedented, prolonged time of uncertainty. With seasonal affective disorder and the holidays affecting many, people are understandably expressing increased feelings of anxiety, depression, and isolation. The goal of the program is to help people feel more grounded and emotionally secure. The therapist can assist in problem-solving immediate concerns, discussing strategies for improving one’s sense of well-being, educating on coping skills, and providing connection to additional resources as needed. Please share the availability of this program. Contact Avi-Natan Zadaka at (651) 410-7822

Jewish Family & Children’s Services offers a range of support for individuals and families in this health and economic crisis. Included among these are resources to make the job transition less stressful for you and your family. FFI: 952-417-2111, or 

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