Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council's Monthly e-Guide
The August 2021 Edition
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P’Chotchka - a fast-paced evening of art, food, and ideas--returns on Monday, August 2 at St. Paul’s Como Lakeside Pavilion, but it’s SOLD-OUT. If you didn’t make a reservation, we hope to see you at next year’s edition. FFI:

Check out Rimon’s new MN Jewish Artists Directory. This wide-ranging database is an invaluable tool for artists and audiences alike. View the profiles or create your own at Questions: 

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Monday, August 2, 6 p.m. Rimon’s annual benefit P’Chotchka is SOLD-OUT. If you missed out on getting a ticket, join us for the 2022 edition next summer.

Wednesday, August 4, 5:30 p.m. As widely reported, mothers were some of the most challenged during the pandemic, leaving the workforce in record numbers to care for their children with little governmental and societal support. What are the stories and experiences of mothers during this time? Shannon Gibney, Kao Kalia Yang and Catherine Squires, editors and contributors to the groundbreaking anthology What God Is Honored Here?: Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss by and for Native Women and Women of Color, will read from their work at Dreamsong, Rebecca Heidenberg’s new multidisciplinary venue (1237 4th St NE, Mpls). New work on pandemic mothering will also be shared and discussed. FFI:

Thursday, August 5, 6 p.m. The always-interesting Yiddish Book Center presents an online conversation and reading, Yiddish in Nature: New Translations of Yiddish Literature, with Lisa Newman and Mindl Cohen. FFI:

Thursday, August 5. Hebrew Union College and the Jewish Book Council have teamed up for a special Acclaimed Authors series. Today’s podcast features writer Stefan Hertmans, author of The Concert. FFI: 

Saturday, August 7, 1 p.m. Saturdays at Springboard is back on August 7 and 14 at 262 University Ave W, St Paul. Artistic Director Aki Shibata has put together How we steward, a series of environmentally-focused arts activities. Come out for dance, theater, painting, and conversation with The International Indigenous Youth Council, The Ikidowin Acting Ensemble, Winfrey Oenga, collaborating with Frogtown Greening, Melvin and Metric Giles, and Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli. FFI:

Saturday, August 7, 3 p.m. You are invited to join a publication launch and closing reception for A glitter of seas 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. FFI:

Saturday, August 7, 5:30 p.m. Choreographer Judith Brin Ingber debuts her new duet, Number Our Days, as part of Live @ The Shed, produced by Hatch Dance and HoneyWorks at The Shed (767 N Eustis St, St Paul). Joined by dancer Stephanie Fellner Grey and flutist Jim Miller, Brin Ingber repeats her performance on August 8 (5:30 pm). In addition to her own dance, Judith joins twenty-five of the Twin Cities’ most vibrant dancers in an outdoor dance event featuring the world premiere of LDV, co-choreographed by Berit Ahlgren and Helen Hatch and inspired by Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita. FFI:

Through August 9. Robyn Awend and other artists 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 

Thursday, August 12, 6 p.m. Lowertown in the summer is a great place to catch some terrific free music. Stop by Mears Park (221 5th St E, St Paul) to hear Dan Israel and The Cultivators as part of the Lowertown Sounds series. There will be many food trucks on hand. FFI:

Saturday, August 14, 10 a.m. Artist Jeanne Kosfeld and author Richard Kronick have co-authored Neighborhood Architecture – Irvine Park, Saint Paul: a coloring book, which shows and tells the history of Irvine Park, St. Paul’s first upscale “suburban” neighborhood (now just outside downtown). Kronick, who is an architectural historian, will lead a walking tour of the Irvine Park neighborhood. Participants will learn about the history of the houses, the people who built and lived in them, and the 19th-century architectural styles represented by the restored homes around the park. FFI:

Through August 15. Deborah Yarchun’s immensely popular play A Pickle returns to a backyard near you. After entering her kosher pickles in a Minnesota State Fair competition, the protagonist of the play Doris discovers that they’ve been discarded for the second year in a row. Based on true events, the one-woman play is produced by Six Points Theater and features actor Sally Wingert. Luxury casting! FFI:

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: 

Tuesday, August 17, 2 p.m. Join the members of the long-running and beloved Creative Writing Workshop at the St Paul campus of the Minnesota JCC. Members of the workshop will read from their fiction, memoirs, essays, and poetry. It’s on Zoom:

Thursday, August 19. The Acclaimed Authors series, produced by Hebrew Union College and the Jewish Book Council, releases another podcast, this time featuring Leslea Newman, author of Welcoming Elijah. FFI: 

Saturday, August 21, 6 p.m. The Cake Lady returns, and she’s ready to party. Local favorite Bonnie Heller is hosting an artist reception for her new exhibit at Traffic Zone Gallery (250 N 3rd   Ave, Mpls) where, of course, cake will be served. FFI: 

Sunday, August 22, 2 p.m. Singer-songwriter-author Elisa Korenne leads an online panel in Shared Experiences: Jewish Women and Small Communities. She comes by her expertise honestly. Korenne moved from Brooklyn, New York to New York Mills, Minnesota, a nook of a town with a population just over 1100, where she is the only Jew. Register:

Thursday, August 26, 6 p.m. Architect Peter Sussman and Richard Woldorsky co-lead a Northside Synagogues Zoom tour. The virtual format makes room for more background on the Jewish community's move westward from downtown towards Homewood, the history of redlining, and the transition of Jewish synagogues to Black churches that dates back to the early 1900s. FFI:

Through August 27. If you like to celebrate with cake, hurry down to Traffic Zone Gallery (250 3rd Ave N, Mpls) to salivate over artist Bonnie Heller’s vibrant new cake-themed paintings. Private gallery tours are available on request. FFI:   

Through October 31. The JCRC has collaborated with the American Swedish Institute to present the exhibition Kindertransport - Rescuing Children on the Brink of War. The exhibit illuminates dramatic stories from the “Children’s Transport”  which was the most successful, organized rescue effort of Jewish children from Nazi-occupied territories. Between 1938 and 1939, approximately 10,000 children were brought to Great Britain and other countries, including Sweden. The exhibition, with original artifacts and audio testimonies, is accompanied by The Story is Here, developed by ASI and JCRC, which shares the Kindertransport experiences of three local Midwest families. FFI:

Ongoing. You’ll want to spend some time with Sustainable Acts Revisited, which offers one of the more sophisticated formats for online exhibit viewing. Among the many artists featured in this group show curated by Roslye Ultan is photographer Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin. The exhibition entwines artistic exploration with an attempt to preserve and properly care for the environment. 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. 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 



The Ralph I. Goldman Fellowship in Global Jewish Leadership is awarded to one person annually--for rising Jewish communal or lay leaders, young thinkers, and doers from all fields (policymakers, writers, business innovators, artists, and community builders). The Fellowship enriches a rising leader through direct exposure to local communities around the world and key challenges confronting the Jewish people. Fellows plan their year alongside senior Joint Distribution Committee staff, identifying and designing 2-3 unique overseas placements shaped by their skills, interests, and the critical needs of communities abroad. Deadline: August 10. FFI:

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. The deadline for entries is August 15. FFI: 612-871-1701

The instrumentalist and spiritual seeker Yuval Ron leads a retreat at the Episcopal House of Prayer on August 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.  FFI: 

The American Craft Council is accepting applications for 2022 in-person craft marketplaces. Two events in Baltimore and St. Paul are open to artists from across the country and will feature a new e-commerce component. These are great opportunities for artists to sell work and connect with an engaged audience of craft enthusiasts and collectors. Artists new to ACC marketplaces can also apply via our Emerging Artists program. Full details and the application form can be found at the link below. Applications close on August 23. FFI:

Powered by Sefaria Contest - An opportunity to take advantage of Sefaria's open-source library and build something awesome — all while competing to win a cash prize of $5,000. What you create is up to you. It could be a functioning web app or just a compelling demo; an interactive visualization, or just a question that digs into data quantitatively in search of an answer; something useful and impactful to the world of learning, or just a crazy experiment that fascinates you without a clear application. The only requirement is that your project must prominently make use of the data that Sefaria has to offer. Deadline: August 31. FFI:

The Conney Conference on Jewish Arts, taking place on March 27-30, 2022, seeks proposals that address themes of interdisciplinarity, diversity, and intersectionality. The conference is held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Who should apply? Artists, scholars, and performers across the arts, including but not limited to: Visual Art, Dance, Literature, Theater, Poetry, Music, and Architecture as seen through the lens of Jewish identity. The deadline for receipt of proposals is September 15. FFI:

Work of Art Intensive in September. This training is designed for artists, teachers, and representatives of organizations like arts councils who are interested in an artist-designed, adaptable curriculum for teaching business skills for artists. This is not an intensive going through the content of the Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists, but training on how to lead, offer and implement these workshops. Over two weekends in September, get connected to other leaders, a teacher's guide to the content, and feedback and insight on how to adapt these resources to your community. September 17 & 18, and 24 & 25, 2021; 2-5pm Central Friday, 10am-1pm Central Saturday. FFI:

Jewish tradition teaches about a shmita year occurring every seven years, a time of release with Biblical and contemporary applications to our relationships with the land, food, debt, work/rest, equity, and more. The Shmita Prizes award artists and creatives–from all levels of experience and age groups–for works of art that bring into focus the relevancy and application of shmita values in our contemporary world. These artworks will offer creative avenues with which to prepare for, mark, and engage with the shmita year. The deadline is Chanukah 2021. FFI:

ARTS AND CULTURE - PRODUCER - JOB POSTING. The Minnesota Jewish Community Center is seeking a full-time, energetic, relationship-oriented producer for our Jewish Arts, Culture, and Enrichment Program Team. The Producer has the responsibility and opportunity to develop and present the Minnesota JCC’s annual Jewish film and humor Festivals, as well as oversee theatrical, musical, and other arts and cultural events at both the Sabes Campus (Minneapolis) and Capp Center (St. Paul). Creativity, a collaborative spirit, and a love of the arts are a definite must-have! FFI: chrome-extension://bpmcpldpdmajfigpchkicefoigmkfalc/views/app.html 


DIRECTOR OF ARTS, CULTURE AND ENRICHMENT - JOB POSTING. The Minnesota Jewish Community Center is seeking an experienced, thoughtful, collaborative, and visionary Director for our multi-disciplinary Jewish Arts, Culture, and Enrichment Program Team. This team develops, implements, and evaluates an expansive and inclusive program of Jewish cultural arts and community engagement programs primarily for adults; including, but not limited to visual arts, film, music, dance, theatre, galleries, literature, cuisine, social outings, classes and other cultural and enrichment programs at both our St. Paul (Capp Center) and Minneapolis (Sabes Campus) locations and beyond. Energy, passion, and a deep love for Jewish arts and culture are a must. FFI: chrome-extension://bpmcpldpdmajfigpchkicefoigmkfalc/views/app.html


PROGRAM TEAM COORDINATOR - JOB POSTING. The Minnesota Jewish Community Center is seeking a full-time, self-starting, relationship-oriented coordinator for our Arts, Culture & Enrichment Program Team. The Coordinator supports the efforts of the entire team and independently manages ongoing programs at both the Capp Center (St. Paul) and Sabes Campus (Minneapolis). The Coordinator manages logistics, helps members, and contributes in a variety of ways to the Arts, Culture & Enrichment Program. Attention to detail, creative problem-solving, and a collaborative team spirit are definite musts! FFI: chrome-extension://bpmcpldpdmajfigpchkicefoigmkfalc/views/app.html


Opportunities to connect with Art-Train. Artists and local government leaders from around the country are taking Art-Train! In just three hours Springboard for the Arts trains local government leaders, organizational workers, and artists to work together on accessing flexible dollars from the American Rescue Plan to meet recovery goals and build back better. Art-Train covers: how local artists can address community challenges and recovery priorities; customizable program models, toolkits, and examples from other communities; strategies to increase equity and lower barriers to collaboration; insight into ARP funding and uses; and access to an expanding national cohort of practitioners and artists. The program shows how artists of all backgrounds and disciplines are a key ingredient of resilient infrastructure, just as much as bridges and light rail. Art-Train includes the training and additional technical assistance through a resource library and ongoing biweekly group coaching sessions. FFI:


Workshop Opportunities at Springboard programming in St. Paul and Hinge Arts programming in Fergus Falls, our workshops are ongoing – and accessible from anywhere! Workshops this month include: Work of Art: Legal Considerations, Work of Art+: e-Commerce Basics, Work of Art: Funding, Work of Art: Grant Writing, Work of Art+: Going Beyond Grants for Artists of Color and Native Artists Panel, Work of Art: Business Plan Essentials, and Work of Art: Engaging Customers & Selling Your Work FFI:


Looking for your next work opportunity? Springboard's Job Board is a hub for arts and artist-friendly jobs in the Upper Midwest! Search by location, type of role, and timing, including Work From Home options, open calls, paid internships, and more. Salary transparency is required on our Job Board, part of an effort with Pollen Midwest and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits for a more equitable and transparent hiring process.

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:

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: 



Check out the A.V. Closet. The A.V. Closet is a Springboard for the Arts service that allows artists to borrow cameras, lighting equipment, projectors, and other audio-visual equipment, and it's back on University Avenue! Starting July 16, 2021, the A.V. Closet is open again for pickup and drop-off hours at our offices at 262 University Avenue W., St. Paul, Minnesota 55103. Equipment can be borrowed for one week (six overnights from Friday to the following Friday) at no charge, for one rental period per month. You can check out up to six items per rental period. If you need to check out more than six items, contact us to make special arrangements. There is an annual fee of $20. Check out the listings of DSLR cameras, light kits, video projectors and screens, tripods, digital recorders, and more! FFI:

Artist Career Consultations & Hennepin County partnership. Take your next creative steps by connecting with an Artist Career Consultant – artist leaders with deep discipline and career experience. Our roster Artist Career Consultations is always available to you as you plan your creative career, with expertise by discipline, as well as legal, financial, marketing, and web support. Consultations are always available on a sliding scale for access. We’re excited that we are partnering with Hennepin County by participating in Elevate Business HC, a new initiative that connects small and mid-size business owners to no-cost advising and consulting services, practical business resources in Hennepin County. If your art practice is based in Hennepin County, Elevate HC will cover the cost of your consultation! FFI:

You can buy Linda Brooks’ recently published book, PROXIMITIES art, education, activism online at Highly recommended.

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: 

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 processes, 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:

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:   

Learn more about and support Jews of color. Some of the numerous national organizations include the Jewish Multiracial Network, The 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!

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