Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council's Monthly e-Guide
The May 2021 Edition
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Rimon’s Artist Salon series presents I once was a boy: On the edge with poet Anna Margolin, a free Zoom event, featuring the world premiere of newly commissioned songs by acclaimed composer/performer Anat Spiegel, inspired by the extraordinary poems of the late Yiddish writer, Anna Margolin. Participation is free, but registration is required: 

Stand up and be counted! Rimon is reaching out to all MN Jewish artists for inclusion in our free, online, searchable artist directory. This comprehensive database is an invaluable tool for artists and audiences alike. View the profiles or create your own at Questions: 

Save the date: Monday, August 2, 6 pm. P’Chotchka--a fast-paced evening of art, food, and ideas--is back! Eight artists, 18 images apiece, 18 seconds per image.This year it’s outdoors at the Como Lakeside Pavilion. Make your plans early. This event often sells out. 

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Tuesday, May 4. The film Winter Journey is based on American radio host Martin Goldsmith’s book about his Jewish parents, who fled Nazi Germany. Both were talented musicians. After the Nuremberg Laws were enacted in 1935, they were only able to perform as members of the Jewish Cultural Federation, a bizarre propaganda organization fully controlled by the Reich Chamber of Culture. Register:


Tuesday, May 4, 4:40 p.m. Join Shashmaqom to learn about the rich musical traditions of Bukharian Jews along with a live performance from world-famous musicians Roshel and Yura Rubinov. Register: Click here to watch on Zoom


Tuesday, May 4, 6:30 p.m. Professor Leslie Morris reads from She Did Not Speak, her hybrid, experimental memoir that moves between her family’s complex buried Holocaust historyand a mysterious illness that came shortly after making a trip to Budapest to meet her newly discovered family. FFI: 


Thursday, May 6. In the film If You See My Mother Max is single, an ophthalmologist, and a real mama's boy--until she suddenly dies. Max should be devastated, yet he seems to be coping rather well. He actually still sees her, talks to her. Max knows she is dead, yet he holds on to this impossible reality, until he starts sharing his office with Ohiana, a shrink with whom he slowly falls in love. Mom is not going to like it. Register:  


Through May 6. Z Puppets Rosenschnoz reprises its audio-drama version of Through the Narrows about finding the next step forward in life’s narrow places. The play intertwines a story of a 3500 year old Jewish woman crossing the Red Sea with a six year old Cherokee boy bearing witness to the Trail of Tears.The performance is preceded by an online showcase of work from students at Takoda Prep High School and Bet Shalom Congregation. FFI:


Sunday, May 9, 2 p.m. The Keren Or creative arts contest for Jewish youth is celebrating its 17th year. Let’s honor the 25 teen poets, photographers and creative prose writers who have received awards in this year’s contest. Special guest speaker at the online awards ceremony is musician Peter Himmelman, speaking about the place of creativity in daily life. Register:


Monday, May 10, 9 a.m.  The Minnesota JCC presents writer Jeff Zuckerman, finalist in the 2021 Minnesota Book Awards for memoir and author of Unglued: A Bipolar Love Story. Zuckerman will speak in a Zoom talk on his struggle to be a loving caregiver amidst the trauma and uncertainty of his wife’s illness. FFI: 


Tuesday, May 11, 6 p.m. The Yiddish Book Center continues its outstanding series of online events with Family Secrets and the Graphic Novel, a talk by Tahneer Oksman about how the past and untold histories can be addressed through the medium of comics. FFI:

Thursday, May 13, 11:30 a.m. Lori Harrison-Kahan and Jessica Kirzane share their journeys to recover, republish, and translate lost literary works by Jewish American women writers from the early 20th century (Yiddish writer Miriam Karpilove, journalist and suffragist Miriam Michelson, and novelist Emma Wolf) in Discovering the Lost Literature of Unconventional Jewish Women. They discuss how these writers address issues of gender, sex, religion, & activism that we grapple with today. Register:

Thursday, May 13, 1 p.m. Creating with a community is relaxing and fun. Cantor Audrey Abrams offers an easy, not too messy project for all artists and “I can’t do art” artists! In Spreading Kindness (Chesed) with Aluminum Foil & Masking Tape, participants create a project with a simple technique that may just spur on endless creativity in the future! FFI:

Thursday, May 13, 7 p.m. Rimon’s Artist Salon series presents I once was a boy: On the edge with poet Anna Margolin, a free Zoom event. The salon features the world premiere of newly commissioned songs by acclaimed composer/performer Anat Spiegel, inspired by the extraordinary poems of the late Yiddish writer, Anna Margolin. Vocalist Sarah Larsson joins Anat in conversation about the power of Yiddish and poetry and their passage into music. The commission is the first in a series funded by the BrinIngber Salon Commission program. Participation is free, but registration is required: 

Friday, May 14. The Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival is virtually available through May 23. We especially recommend nine films, including a special outdoor screening. A quiet but powerful, emotionally acute drama, Asia centers on an attractive Russian émigré nurse and single mother, and her relationship with her ailing teen daughter, played by Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Shira Haas (“Unorthodox”). The film has won numerous awards, including Best Actress and Best Cinematography, and for its Israeli director-writer Ruthy Pribar. FFI: 

Friday, May 14. The film Here We Are, directed by Nir Bergman, is a moving tale of parental devotion focusing on the stubborn, aging divorcé Aharon, who has devoted his life to raising his autistic son Uri who is now a young adult. Uri’s mother feels it might be time for him to live in a specialized home, but both Uri and Aharon dread the prospect. This MSPIFF film is available for online screening through May 23. FFI:


Friday, May 14. In Love, It Was Not, a documentary directed by Maya Sarfaty, a young Jewish prisoner Helena Citron has attracted the unlikely affection at Auschwitz from Franz Wunsch, a high-ranking SS officer who has fallen in love with her and her bravura singing voice. Their forbidden relationship lasts until her miraculous liberation. Thirty years later, she receives a request to testify on his behalf. This MSPIFF film is available for online screening through May 23. FFI:


Friday, May 14. If you haven’t seen Europa Europa, now is your chance. Based on the real-life experiences of Salomon Perel, Agnieszka Holland’s wartime tour de force Europa Europa is a breathless survival story told with the verve of a comic adventure, an ironic refutation of the Nazi idea of racial purity, and a complex portrait of a young man caught up in shifting historical calamities and struggling to stay alive. This MSPIFF film is available for online screening through May 23. FFI:


Friday, May 14. The inaugural Al Milgrom Tribute Honoree from MSPIFF is renowned Polish writer and director Agnieszka Holland. MSPIFF presents her latest film, Charlatan, a 20th century Czech herbal healer whose great success masked the grimmest of secrets. The film is available for online screening through May 23. FFI:

Friday, May 14. In Mr. Jones, Agnieszka Holland’s thriller set on the eve of world WWII,  we see Hitler’s rise to power and Stalin’s Soviet propaganda machine pushing their “utopia” to the Western world. Meanwhile, an ambitious young journalist travels to Moscow to uncover the truth behind the propaganda. This MSPIFF film is available for online screening through May 23. FFI:

Friday, May 14. The film Shadow Country presents life in a fictitious Czech village, located on the border of Austria. The population of Czechs, German-speakers, and Jews are torn between conflicting identities and nationalities at the best of times, but with the advance of the Nazis, they must choose – allegiance to the Reich or Czech nationality and poverty. This MSPIFF film is available for online screening through May 23. FFI:

Friday, May 14. In When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, 9-year-old Anna is blissfully ignorant of adult concerns over the election of Adolf Hitler until her family is forced to flee Germany and Anna must suddenly learn how to survive in an epic historical drama by Oscar-winner Caroline Link. This MSPIFF film is available for online screening through May 23. FFI:

Saturday, May 15, 7 p.m. Not all of MSPIFF is online this year. May we recommend a special outdoor screening of Hollywood Fringe (Executive Producer--Suzanne Fenton) at Como Lakeside Pavilion (1360 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul)? Samantha and Travis have been trying to break into movies for years. When their dream project is green-lit, the producers want Travis for the male lead, but a younger actress for the female lead. What is Samantha to do but put on her infamous “Alien Play” at the Fringe Festival? If you insist, virtual screening is also available May 16-23. FFI:

Sunday, May 16, TBA. Join J-Pride for the debut performance of DOYKEIT, a new work of diasporist performance-ritual, created and performed by Ohr (Laura) Levinson, Chava Kokhleffel, and Rachel Lieberman. The event, still in formation, is co-sponsored by J-Pride, Don't You Feel it Too?, and Shir Tikvah. FFI:

Sunday, May 23, 2 p.m. Singer-songwriter Elisa Korenne leads a panel of Jewish women who grew up in small communities to explore their shared experiences in Jewish Women and Small Communities. Elisa is a city girl who moved from Brooklyn, New York to New York Mills, Minnesota, a nook of a town with a population of 1,197, where she is the only Jew. This event will be held on Zoom. Register:

Monday, May 24, 6 p.m. Looking for a way to support the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company? They’re hosting a benefit at the Como Lakeside Pavilion (1360 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul) with State Fair-style food and actress Sally Wingert performing an excerpt from the theatre’s upcoming production of A Pickle. FFI: 651-647-4315

Thursday, May 27.  The Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company opens a series of outdoor performances of the one-woman show, A Pickle, running through June 13. Written by playwright Deborah Yarchun, the play presents a woman’s quest to uncover why her kosher pickles are not receiving their due ranking amongst the prize pickles at the Minnesota State Fair. Act fast--many of the shows are already sold out. FFI: 651-647-4315 

Through May 28. Artwork from David Feinberg’s long-term project Voice to Vision is on view at the Artistry Atrium Gallery at the Bloomington Center for the Arts (1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington). Feinberg and his team of artists distill the stories of individuals who have experienced genocide, war, and/or dislocation and produce paintings, college, and mixed media pieces that reflect each individual’s voice. The results are always impressive: FFI:

Through May 30. The Weisman Art Museum presents its exhibition-in-print, Legends and Myths of Ancient Minnesota, created by visual artist Brooks Turner. Utilizing archival documents from the Minnesota Historical Society and his own drawing and collage, Turner has created an aesthetic history of Fascism in Minnesota, especially the Silver Legion of America. Turner sees traces of these political movements in the present-day Twin Cities and beyond. FFI:

Through May 31. The Jay Phillips Centers for Interfaith Learning at Saint John’s University and the University of St. Thomas in collaboration with the University of Minnesota host the virtual exhibition Visual Prayer. The exhibit draws together the artistic and spiritual practices of the Interfaith Artist Circle, nineteen Twin Cities-based artists. Steeped in traditional theological text, original poetry, familiar iconography as well as silence and abstraction, Visual Prayer opens a dialogue among faiths while offering space for meditation and reflection. FFI: exhibit  

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. Among the two dozen artists featured are Bonnie Cutts, Wendy Kieffer Shragg, and Jimmy Steinfeldt. 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:



Racism & Diversity in our Jewish Community is an opportunity for learning and conversation, facilitated by D.Marcos Vital. Taking place on Wednesdays, May 5, 12, and 19, 7-8:15 p.m, these workshops will focus on the themes of listening, understanding, and healing. For the first part of each workshop, participants will learn and discuss ideas and experiences in small groups (in breakout rooms). The second part of each workshop will be a larger group discussion. Talking about racism can be difficult. We will not avoid discomfort. These tightly facilitated conversations aim to allow every participant to both listen and share their voice. These workshops are intended to enable the equitable participation of white-bodied and BIPOC folks together. Attendance at all three workshops is preferred but not required. If you would like to do some preparatory reading, two good resources are Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson, and Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence by Derald Wing Sue.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact D.Marcos at


Explore the world of diversity within the context of the unity of all things with Joy Gordon in her class Kabbalah and The Seeming Paradoxes of Life. Kabbalah teaches that everything flows on a continuum between No-Thing and Something, from pure spiritual energy to manifestation in our physical universe. Two things that seem opposite are really different dimensions of the same thing. There is nothing here but THE ONE, the energy that assumes different forms. See how the awareness of the dimensions of this divine energy can bring greater balance as you move through life. Each class includes interactive discussion, philosophy, art, music, and stories. The Zoom class meets Wednesdays, May 5-June 9, 9:30 a.m. Register:


Artists and community members with connections to St. Louis Park are invited to create an artwork for the SLP Human Rights Commission Summer of Action Art-Walk around the themes of Social Justice and Racial Equity: reflection, memorial, healing, and commitment to action. Participants will receive a 24"x24" piece of plywood, acrylic paints, and brushes (or you may use your own weather-proof materials). Artwork will be displayed along the trail at Wolfe Park beginning June 6 at the kickoff event of the HRC Summer of Action, a summer-long series of events to deepen knowledge and build capacity around social justice and racial equity issues. Up to 30 participants will be selected to participate—participants who identify as Black, Indigenous, or people of color will be given priority. Artwork from people of all ages as well as families working together is welcome. We recognize that understanding and expression of the project themes will vary based on age and lived experience. Sign-ups will close on May 7. FFI:


Submit your original poetry to be a part of public art in St. Louis Park. SLP invites you to submit your original poetry to be sandblasted into local public sidewalks. Residents, students, workers or those who have another meaningful connection to St. Louis Park are eligible to submit up to two original short poems or excerpts. Poetry in all languages is welcome. Poems selected will be sandblasted into sidewalks in the Texas Avenue and 36th Street area near the Shoppes at Knollwood. The deadline to submit is May 23.  FFI:

SLP Art Fair Applications are open through May 25. The event will be held on Saturday, September 11 from 10am-5pm at the ROC, an outdoor covered space located at the St. Louis Park Rec Center. The event will strictly follow all required health guidelines and bring people together safely to celebrate and shop local artist and maker booths, enjoy food trucks, entertainment, live art demos, and community art projects. Artist selections will be made based on the criteria: Artistic quality, creative impact, and marketability. See more details and submit your application with the link below:

Join Minnesota JCC and Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) for a free virtual Letterpress Workshop with Hebrew typeWednesday, June 2 from 4-6pm! Molly Poganski, MCBA’s Studio Technician, will share about the printing press and its historical significance as a tool of social and political movements. Explore the development of Jewish printing and Hebrew type, too! In the second part of the workshop, Molly will demonstrate the printing process on a Vandercook press and print posters that will later be mailed to participants. This activity is made possible by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. FREE to participate, registration required:



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, 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. The deadline for the young composer competition is June 1. FFI: 612-871-1701

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. The deadline for submission is  July 22. FFI:

Camp Olami is seeking specialists who will plan and lead activities specific to music, theater, Judaics, and Israeli Culture. Contact Allie Greenstein, Camp Olami Director, with any questions. Camp Butwin also seeks specialists in arts and crafts who will plan and lead camp crafts, art projects, and creative endeavors. Contact Ben Savin, Camp Butwin Director, with any questions. FFI: (Olami) (Butwin)

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 on 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 a light on 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:

The Jewish Changemakers Fellowship offers three-weeks of online leadership development over the summer for current and aspiring Jewish leaders, between the ages of 20-24. Those who complete the summer requirements (approximately 12 hours/week) earn a $350 stipend. Changemakers accepts candidates from North America and around the world and values Jewish diversity in the selection process. Following the summer, Changemakers alumni will have exclusive access to curated opportunities for ongoing Jewish engagement and leadership development – locally, across North America, and globally – organized around three key themes: Career Networking, Service & Advocacy, and Global Jewish Life. Applications close May 9. Candidates notified: On or before May 21. 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: 



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). All classes are discounted for anyone who enrolls prior to June 1. 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:


Kar-Ben Publishing offers a lovely series of arts-related children’s picture books. The most recent addition to the list is The Key From Spain: Flory Jagoda and Her Music. The publication of the book is particularly apt since this much-loved Sephardic musician has just passed away at age 97. All Kar-Ben books are available at a discount to readers of this e-guide through the end of May. Use the discount code RIMON. FFI: For other arts-related titles go to 

Did you miss Meditation on Visual Prayer, Rimon’s most recent Artist Salon, co-produced with the Sacred Arts Festival at the University of St. Thomas? We recorded it. You can watch it at . Want to catch up with 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:   

In 2018 the Dance Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts celebrated the centenary of choreographer Jerome Robbins with the exhibition
Voice of My City: Jerome Robbins and New York. Israeli artist Ardon Bar Hama captured the show while it was on display, and it’s now available for a virtual tour online. Featured in the exhibit were a range of rare and personal items from Robbins’ archive including childhood creative writing, diaries and art projects that provide a unique insight into the working methods of one of the most important dance artists of the 20th century. Voice of My City traces Robbins’ life and dances alongside the history of New York, inspiring viewers to see the city as both a muse and a home. 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:

Artist/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: 

Prolific performer Adam Gregory Pergament bridges the divide between music and poetry with his ongoing project FlowPoetry. Take your day in a different direction and give it a listen. 

Singer/songwriter Eddie Estrin and solo acoustic guitarist Liz DeYoe are streaming a new concert performing original material. The concert, originally scheduled for live performance this past summer in Music in the Parks, is up and ready for your enjoyment. Eddie Estrin will reprise songs from the Rimon Artist Salon "A Century of The Dybbuk" and feature new material including duets with DeYoe. FFI: 

The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest is delighted to announce its most recent publication, Setting the Stage: A History of Jewish Theater in the Upper Midwest, co-authored by Doris Rubenstein and Natalie Madgy. Order your copy at 

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 job transition less stressful for you and your family. FFI: 952-417-2111, or 


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