Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council's Monthly e-Guide
The July 2019 Edition
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Monday, July 1, 6 p.m. The St. Paul and Sabes JCCs, in partnership with the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest and the Jewish Community Relations Council, invite you to join Canada’s Consul General Ariel Delouya at a reception celebrating the opening of an exhibition (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls) on the Canadian Jewish Experience. FFI:


Through July 1. View a selection of this year’s Keren Or photography winners at the St Paul JCC (1375 St Paul Ave). Keren Or (Ray of Light) is a creative arts forum for Minnesota’s Jewish teens. FFI:


Monday, July 8. SPLITTING THE LIGHT: WELCOMING NATURE BACK TO OUR LIVES by Lilli Sprintz is on display in the Sabes JCC’s Tychman Shapiro Gallery (4330 Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls). The exhibition features art that Lilli has created over the course of her life, portraying the many different environments that she has lived in. The exhibit runs through August 20. FFI:


Through July 8. Richard Heinrich found an abundance of rich imagery on the streets of the Florentin, a colorful South Tel Aviv neighborhood. His photographs are on display in the exhibit RESIST/PERSIST/INSIST: STREET ART IN THE FLORENTIN at the St Paul JCC (1375 St Paul Ave). FFI: 651-255-4745


Tuesday, July 9, 5:30 p.m. The Jewish Community Relations Council partners with Hennepin County Public Library (300 Nicollet Mall, Mpls) to showcase Transfer of Memory, the much-acclaimed and much-traveled photography exhibit of Holocaust survivors living in Minnesota. RSVP:


Thursday, July 11, 6 p.m. Artist and designer Hillel Smith re-imagines the potential of Judaica by using contemporary media to create new expressions of traditional forms. The St Paul JCC (1375 St Paul Ave) hosts him for a residency between July 10 and August 30, when Hillel will be transforming the outside of the St. Paul JCC with a large scale mural that speaks to the core value of Kehillah (community). You can meet him at the JCC’s July 11 reception for him. FFI:


Saturday, July 13, 7 p.m. The Northern Lights Festival musicians perform their annual concert at B’nai Abraham Museum and Cultural Center (328 5th St S, Virginia, MN) under the direction of festival founder Veda Zuponcic. FFI:


Sunday, July 14, 10 a.m.  Scholar and movement artist Cia Sautter leads a series of two classes entitled The Garden: Embodied Storytelling at the St Paul JCC (1375 St Paul Ave). The classes deal with loss, nature, healing, and renewal. The first class is inspired by passages from the book of Job. The second class takes place on July 21. FFI:


Through July 20. Last chance to view Joyce Lyon's paintings in her exhibition Crosby Farm: Autumn at Groveland Gallery (25 Groveland Terrace, Mpls). FFI:


Sunday, July 21, 2 p.m. The Tychman Shapiro Gallery at the Sabes JCC (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls) hosts a reception for Lilli Sprintz in honor of her exhibit, Splitting the Light: Welcoming Nature Back to Our Lives. FFI:


Monday, July 22, 6:45 p.m. It's that time of year again when the Tzofim Friendship Caravan, also known as the Israeli Scouts, come to town to delight our senses with song and dance. The first performance is at Sholom West (3620 Phillips Pkwy, Mpls). FFI:


Tuesday, July 23, 6:45 p.m. Did you miss the Israeli Scouts yesterday? Bring the whole family for their second performance at Sholom East (740 Kay Ave, St Paul). FFI:


Tuesday, July 23, 7 p.m. Co-sponsored by NCJW-MN, Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest, JCRC, Jewish Community Action, and Mapping Prejudice, a screening of the important new documentary Jim Crow of the North takes place at the Sabes JCC (4330 Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls). A panel discussion follows the screening. FFI:


Wednesday, July 24, 6 p.m. The Israeli Scouts continue to sing and dance at Adath Jeshurun Congregation (10500 Hillside Lane W, Minnetonka). FFI:


Thursday, July 25, 7:30 p.m. Last chance to see the Israeli Scouts at the Lake Harriet Bandshell (4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy, Mpls). FFI:


Through July 27. Katya Oicherman's work is on view at the Textile Center (3000 University Ave SE, Mpls) in Stories of the Torn Swaddling Cloth, featuring embroidery and video which tell a story of transforming a swaddling cloth into a Jewish ritual textile. The link between ritual and everyday textiles provides a potent framework for critical reflection and social commentary. FFI:


Wednesday, July 31, 7 p.m. Beth Jacob Congregation (1179 Victoria Curve, Mendota Heights) screens A Tale of Love and Darkness, based on the outstanding memoir by Amos Oz and starring Natalie Portman. FFI: 651-452-2226


Thursday, August 1, 10 p.m. The Fringe Festival returns! Actor/playwright Avi Aharoni recounts the incredible life of the man who raised him in Operation: Immigration at Mixed Blood Theatre (1501 S 4th St, Mpls). Additional performances take place on August 3, 5, 10, and 11. FFI: 


Friday, August 2, 7 p.m. The Jew in the Ashram, produced and performed by Amanda Erin Miller, depicts a struggling young woman studying yoga at an ashram in India who unexpectedly re-connects with her Jewish roots. The venue for this Fringe production is the Ritz Theater Studio (345 13th Ave NE, Mpls). The show repeats on August 3, 4, 6, and 7. FFI:


Friday, August 2, 8 p.m. The Minnesota Orchestra performs Argentinian Jewish composer Osvaldo Golijov’s astonishing La Pasión según San Marcos (The Passion According to St. Mark) under the direction of conductor Ahmed Anzaldúa. Called by one critic “the first indisputably great composition of the 21st century," Golijov used texts from the Gospel of Mark, the Kaddish, Lamentations of Jeremiah, Psalms 113-119, and texts by Galician author Rosalia de Castro. The concert is repeated on August 3. FFI:


Saturday, August 3, 4 p.m. Co-written by Kit Bix and Nora Helfand and presented at the Fringe, The HUAC Road Show revisits the hearings of the notorious House on Un-American Activities Committee. The venue is Rarig Center’s Thrust Stage (330 21st Ave S, Mpls). The show repeats on August 4, 7, 9, and 11. FFI:


Saturday, August 3, 5:30 p.m. Chicago’s Plucky Rosenthal returns to the Fringe Festival with more original music, eccentric comedy, and lifestyle advice in her one-person show Songs To Caftan In at Strike Theater (824 18th Ave NE, Mpls). The show repeats on August 4, 6, 8, and 11. FFI:


Through August 25. The Guthrie Theater (818 S 2nd St, Mpls) presents a classic of American music theater, Guys and Dolls by Frank Loesser, Abe Burrows, and Jo Swerling, based on stories by Damon Runyon. The original production in 1951 was awarded a Pulitzer Prize that was then rescinded because of troubles with the House on Un-American Activities Committee. You can’t make this stuff up. FFI: 612-377-2224


Through August 29. Who can resist a photo exhibit with the title A View from Flyover Country, especially when you learn that it includes a photograph by Debra Fisher Goldstein? Curated by master photographer Jim Brandenburg, the exhibit at the Mpls Photo Center (1828 NE Jefferson St, Mpls) is worth a visit. FFI: 





1. The University of St. Thomas invites artists’ proposals for new integrated artworks for the Iversen Center for Faith. This subterranean glass addition will create a contemporary touch to the Classical Revival architecture of the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas, designed by Emmanuel Masqueray in 1916. The expansion puts the original chapel on a lighted pedestal and adds expanded space and amenities to better serve the contemporary needs of the campus community. This space will centralize all campus ministry offices and serve as the spiritual heart of the campus. It will include a multi-faith meditation room, sacred arts gallery, multipurpose gathering room for receptions and events, new bride and groom facilities, and an outside amphitheater. The dedication for the Iversen Center for Faith is planned for fall 2020. Application Deadline: July 1. FFI:


2.  Proposals Are Now Being Accepted for The Howard B. & Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment Fund. Funding is available to support artistic creativity with Jewish content. Applications are welcome emphasizing music, dance, literature, theatre, visual arts and film from individual artists who have a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status or organizations with 501(c)(3) status, whether Jewish or Gentile. Awards in the past have gone to 126 projects ranging from $500 to $3,000. Grant requests from $1,000 to $7,000 will be accepted. In the last 23 years over $149,000 has been awarded to artists and institutions since the Fund’s inception. The Howard B. & Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment Fund is a designated endowment of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation’s Jewish Community Foundation.  The Endowment is named for the prominent Minneapolis couple Howard B. Brin and Ruth F. Brin who were both community and national leaders. Awards will be announced shortly after October 9th, 2019, which is the conclusion of the Jewish High Holy Days. The Application Deadline is 3:00 pm Friday, August 9, 2019. FFI: 952-417-2328,


3. AMERICAN GUILD OF JUDAIC ART, WORKING ARTIST, EMERGING ARTIST, AND EDUCATIONAL GRANTS CALL FOR PROPOSALS. Newly established in 2019, the grants are meant to recognize, validate and honor our member artists and artisans whose works embody the highest creative standards in their genre and exemplify the best of contemporary Jewish art and object being created today.  The Guild intended to help our members achieve its goals by offering some measure of financial support. The grant process is open only to current Members of the American Guild of Judaic Art. Artists may apply as an individual or as a collaboration. FFI:


4.  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 St 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:


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 is 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 provide logistic and administrative assistance and familiarity with the local artistic cultural and religious scenes. The artist works daily in an artistically, culturally and historically rich environment and interacts with gallery visitors and the Kol HaOt team. Applications for this short-term residency (1 to 4 months) are accepted on an ongoing basis. FFI:


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:


7. 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: or 202-994-6281


8. 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:


9. 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


10. 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


11. 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:






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