Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council's Monthly e-Guide
The November 2019 Edition
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Rimon's Artist Salon season opens on Sunday, November 24 (2 pm) at Studio Z with I Sing for Bathsheba: Looking for God in Drag. Theater artist Max Yeshaye Brumberg-Kraus explores the intersection of drag performance and texts from the Bible—especially the voices of women as written by men. Noam Sienna joins Max in a conversation that promises to lift up the marginalized voices in our midst.

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Friday, November 1, 6 p.m. Art to Change the World hosts a reception for Holiday Light? Holiday Dark? An Art to Change the World Celebration, featuring a workshop by Anya Achtenberg and music by Craig Harris, among others. An accompanying exhibit runs through November 9 at the California Building (2205 California St NE, # 201, Mpls). FFI:

Friday, November 1, 8 p.m. Prolific and always evolving musician Matisyahu returns to town at the Skyway Theatre (711 Hennepin Ave, Mpls). He shares the bill with Wookiefoot.FFI: 

Through November 1. The Talley Gallery at Bemidji State University (1500 Birchmont Dr NE) presents Keren Kroul’s exhibit The Memory of Our Memories. Keren’s paintings are inspired by the brain’s function of collecting, transmitting, and storing information, a process that makes us who we are. FFI: (218) 755-3737

Saturday, November 2, 5 p.m. The Catherine G Murphy Gallery (St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave, St Paul) hosts an opening reception for Linda Brooks’ new photo exhibit lifecycles objects. The exhibit documents utilitarian objects, garments and materials collected and used by the women in Linda’s family since the 1920s. The photos are on view through December 14. FFI:

Saturday, November 2, 6 p.m. Join visual artist Shana Kaplow for a book launch and celebration of her new artist’s book Object Objects at The White Page Gallery (3400 Cedar Ave, Mpls). The book features Shana’s lush ink paintings and installations and presents her poetic explorations of mass-produced domestic objects. FFI:

Sunday, November 3, 3 p.m. The St Paul Jewish Federation presents an entertaining afternoon of music with the much-touted a capella vocal group Six13 at Temple of Aaron Congregation (616 Mississippi River Blvd, St Paul). FFI: 651-690-1707 or

Thursday, November 7, 6:30 p.m. Wisdom Ways presents papercut artist Aaron Hodge Silver Greenberg and Somali artist Nimo Farah in a dialogue at the Carondolet Center (1890 Randolph Ave, St Paul), exploring how the arts are a catalyst for knowing their own tradition and how that knowing might build bridges with other traditions. FFI:

Thursday, November 7, 7:30 p.m. The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies presents a Kristallnacht commemorative event, Piercing the Silence: Holocaust Memories and Lessons in Concert, with a narrative and musical performance by Janet Horvath and an introduction by Professor Leslie Morris. The venue is the Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall, Ferguson Hall (2106 4th St S, Mpls). FFI:

Thursday, November 7. The St Paul JCC (1375 St Paul Ave) opens its display of Transfer of Memory, an acclaimed and much-traveled photo exhibition depicting Holocaust survivors living in Minnesota and created by photographer David Sherman and writer Lili Chester. The exhibit runs through December 31. FFI:

Saturday, November 9, 7:30 p.m. Choirs from the University of Minnesota and numerous soloists including Cantor Barry Abelson perform To Be Certain of the Dawn–a Holocaust Memorial Oratorio written by the late Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus in collaboration with librettist Michael Dennis Browne. The work’s three sections (Renewal, Remembrance, and Visions) are accompanied by photographs from Roman Vishniac’s collection Children of a Vanished World, portraying Jewish life in Eastern Europe before the Holocaust. The concert takes place at the Ted Mann Concert Hall (2128 S 4th St, Mpls). FFI:

Sunday, November 10, 10 a.m. The Yiddish Vinkl hosts author Jay Weiner, who will speak about the book Professor Berman: The Last Lecture of Minnesota’s Greatest Public Historian. Berman was an immensely popular Professor of History at the U and an active member of the Vinkl.  The presentation and book-signing takes place at the Sabes JCC (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls). FFI:

Sunday, November 10, 5 p.m. This year the J Event 2019 honors Rhoda and Don Mains and Shelley Kornblum and Mickey Greenberg and features a unique performance produced by the Illusion Theater, based on real-life JCC stories that have changed lives. The venue is the Minneapolis Marriott City Center (30 S 7th St, Mpls). FFI:

Tuesday, November 12, 7 p.m. Composer and inventive multimedia artist Craig Harris concludes his four-part series of concerts, Untether, at Homewood Studios (2400 Plymouth Ave N, Mpls). The concerts explore new dimensions to Craig’s earlier compositions for the stage and are producing standing-room-only audiences. Get there early. FFI: 

Thursday, November 14, 6 p.m. Drop by the reception for Let’s Paint & Draw Art Studio exhibition at the Sabes JCC’s Gallery (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls). The exhibit, which runs through December 20, features new work created by the participants in the Studio led by instructor Lou Kotlarz. FFI:

Saturday, November 16, 7:30 p.m. Cantor Richard Schwartz at Bet Shalom Congregation (13613 Orchard Rd, Minnetonka) invites you to Soul-Song Circle and Havdallah, an evening of soulful, participatory community song. Participants are encouraged to bring wine, desserts, snacks or beverages to share. RSVP: 952-933-8525 (Rachel Calvert) 

Sunday, November 17, 2 p.m. Ben Cohen went to Germany to witness the trial of a former Nazi guard from Stutthof Concentration Camp accused of accessory to murder. To his surprise, he was the only family member present of any survivor. In Justice Delayed Ben tells the story of his grandmother Judy Meisel, retracing her harrowing survival, her commitment to equal rights and justice, and how she became the star witness in possibly the last trial of a former Nazi guard in Germany,. Hear Ben and meet Judy at the St Paul JCC (1375 St Paul Ave). FFI:

Sunday, November 17, 3 p.m. As part of visual artist Aimee Orkin’s sabbatical, she is co-leading a series of integrated prayer-art workshops. The first, MUSIC & ART, pairs Aimee with Hazzan Joanna Dulkin and focuses on oil, pastel, and watercolor. No need to be a member of Adath Jeshurun Congregation (10500 Hillside Ln W, Minnetonka) to participate. RSVP:

Through November 17. Ella, a psychologist and single mother of an autistic teenager, gets a visit from an unexpected new patient: God. As God comes to terms with his feelings, Ella confronts her own past and re-examines her long-lost faith. O my God! by Israeli playwright Anat Gov explores God’s relationship with humanity in a Minnesota Jewish Theater Company production (1978 Ford Parkway St. Paul). FFI:

Through November 17. Prayer and Belief features paintings by Georgette Sosin and photographs by Wing Young Huie at Westminster Gallery (1200 Marquette Ave, Mpls). Georgette Sosin is an artist fascinated by language and scripture. Her exhibited paintings are inspired by the Mourner’s Kaddish. FFI:

Tuesday, November 19, 7 p.m. Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church (510 Groveland Ave, Mpls) hosts a reception for Anita White’s newest exhibit of her drawings which cover everything from flamenco to flowers to narrative medicine drawings. A Passion for Drawing: Musings in the Moment runs through November 29.FFI:


Tuesday, November 19, 7:30 p.m. Join artist Lucy Rose Fischer and author Mark Fischer at Adath Jeshurun Congregation (10500 Hillside Ln W, Hopkins) on a presentation about aging. FFI:

Sunday, November 24, 2 p.m. Max Yeshaye Brumberg-Kraus is drawn to drag as a way to subvert conventional gender roles and to provoke self-awareness. In his monologue series I Sing for Bathsheba, he explores the intersection of drag performance and texts from the Bible—especially the voices of women as written by men. Scholar Noam Sienna joins Max at a Rimon Artist Salon at Studio Z (275 E 4thSt, #200, St Paul) for a conversation about the search for the sacred and lifting up marginalized voices in our midst. FFI:

Sunday, November 24, 3 p.m. You have another opportunity to work with artist Aimee Orkin at her second integrated prayer art-workshop. Mind, Body & Soul with Aimee and Harriet Kohen will explore collage and acrylic paint on canvas at Adath Jeshurun Congregation (10500 Hillside Ln W, Minnetonka). RSVP:

Through December 7. The Katherine E. Nash Gallery (405 21st Ave S, Mpls) features Queer Forms, a multidisciplinary group exhibition and series of public programs that investigate and celebrate the history, politics, and culture of LGBTQ+ liberation across a range of artistic forms and perspectives, including the work of Israeli photographer Malkiella Benchabat. FFI:

Through January 22. Sculptor Denise Tennen exhibits five pieces from her Poetry Orb and Attitude series in the group show Inclusive Space. The exhibition at The Bridgewater Lofts (215 10th Ave S. Mpls) focuses on the process of bringing the viewer into the art and allowing free exploration of the work. FFI:

Through March 22. The Museum of Russian Art (5500 Stevens Ave, Mpls) presents the print work of three prominent 20th-century Jewish artists born in the Russian Empire in Mystical Imprints: Marc Chagall, Ben-Zion, and Ben Shahn. The tradition of Jewish mysticism as an inspiration for these artists is at the center of the exhibition. FFI:

Through June 7. Artist Norma Minkowitz is best known for establishing crochet as a fine art technique. After Minkowitz stiffens the fibers with resins, she removes the completed textile from its form, transforming her work into a hollow, transparent sculpture. She employs this technique in The Sabbath Now, a fiber sculpture on display at MIA’s Harold and Mickey Smith Judaica Gallery (2400 3rd Ave S, Mpls). FFI:



1. The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) announce a new grant program to fund Innovative and Impactful Initiatives Promoting Somali and Jewish Stories in Minnesota. Applications are due November 15. The program will fund innovative and impactful initiatives that amplify Somali and Jewish stories in Minnesota and will build on ongoing efforts to strengthen understanding and relationships between Minnesota’s Somali, Jewish, and other marginalized communities. ADL has invested $25,000 to fund the grant program and JCRC will provide operational and administrative support. Grantees can receive up to $5,000 per grant. 

2. Limmud Chicago + MW hosts its 8th Celebration of Jewish Learning, Culture, & Community at the JCC Perlstein Retreat Center in Lake Delton, Wisconsin from November 15-17. Bringing together diverse communities from Chicagoland and the broader Midwest, this is an opportunity to enjoy a retreat-style event and to take one step further on your Jewish journey. The weekend includes: diverse Jewish learning opportunities, family programming and Camp Limmud for kids 12 and under, evening celebrations and social activities, and CRC-supervised kosher meals and a warm Shabbat atmosphere. FFI:

3.  Study Memoir and Narrative Writing with Amy Salloway. Writing about your own life can be rewarding.There are so many forms your material can take: personal essay, memoir, short stories, online blog, even performance monologues. This all-levels class uses writing time and discussion to cover finding the heart of a personal story, deciding what needs to be told, compressing time, developing a specific voice, and utilizing scenes and structure. Bring a notebook and pen, or laptop. The class runs Mondays, Sep 30 - Nov 11 at Jefferson School (26th and Hennepin Ave S, Mpls) FFI:

4. Explore Storytelling for the Page and Stage with Amy Salloway. Learn how to find and craft the rich, revealing, and connective stories in your own everyday life through writing exercises, discussion, and even a little improv. Focus on the essential building blocks that make up a story and how to create a compelling voice in writing or in performance. Bring a notebook and pen or a laptop computer for in-class writing time. The class runs Wednesdays, Oct 30 - Nov 20, at Jefferson School (26th and Hennepin Ave S, Mpls). FFI:

5. The St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts was recently awarded a significant grant by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council to develop a framework outlining the future development of arts and culture in St. Louis Park. SLP FOTA is asking for feedback on your perceptions of arts and culture in the city. The information gathered will help develop a new approach to improve creativity, culture, and arts in St Louis Park. Please participate in the survey.

6. Round 2 of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council’s Arts Project Support grant program has a deadline on Monday, December 16, 2019. The Arts Project Support grant provides up to $10,000 in project funding for groups wishing to offer quality arts activities in any discipline to communities within the seven-county metro area: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties. Grant requests must outline specific arts projects that may include related costs for artists and other personnel, supplies, equipment rental, and other expenses needed to carry out the project. Need help? Upcoming grant workshops are a great way to learn more about this grant program and putting a strong proposal together: Thursday, November 7; Tuesday, November 12; Wednesday, November 20; and Tuesday, December 3. FFI:

7. The American Guild of Judaic Art has issued a call for proposals for working artist, emerging artist, and educational grants. Newly established in 2019, the grants are meant to recognize, validate, and honor 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 intends to help its members achieve its goals by offering some measure of financial support. The grant process is open only to current members of the Guild. Artists may apply as an individual or as a collaboration. FFI:

8. 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:

9. 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:

10. 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

11. 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:

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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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