Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council's Monthly e-Guide
The June 2019 Edition
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P’Chotchka--a fast-paced evening of art, food and ideas--returns on Monday, June 3rd (6 pm) at the Metropolitan Ballroom. There are only a few tickets left. See your friends. Make a few new ones. Be inspired.


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Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m. Temple Israel (2323 Fremont Ave S, Mpls) hosts guest Israeli artist Avner Moriah for a Torah study on the subject of From Text to Image: A Journey through the Bible.  Moriah has addressed a wide range of Jewish and Israeli themes during the four decades of his artistic journey. FFI:


Saturday, June 1, 8 p.m. The Cedar (416 Cedar Ave, Mpls) hosts a performance by Klezmer musician and activist Daniel Kahn and his band The Painted Bird. Fittingly, Kahn’s Yiddish cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah–released a few days before the passing of the great musician–went viral, with over 700,000 views. FFI:


Saturday, June 1, 7 p.m. Z Puppets Rosenschnoz (4054 Chicago Ave., Mpls) presents Through the Narrows: A Watch it, Make it, Take it Event. Take a place at the table and call into action someone who inspires you to make the next step towards liberation from life’s narrow passages. This intimate puppet theater experience delves into the rich emotional landscape of struggle, loss, and triumph which we inherit and inhabit. The production runs through June 15. FFI:


Saturday, June 1. The much-traveled interfaith exhibit Life, Loss, and Legacy, created by the Jewish Women Artists' Circle, moves to the walls of Unity Church-Unitarian (733 Portland Ave, St Paul). The exhibit runs through June 30. FFI:


Sunday, June 2, 1 p.m. More than 21,000 non-Jews risked their lives during the Holocaust to save innocent people they didn't know. Mayim Rabim Congregation (4401 York Ave S, Mpls) hosts the ensemble Naye Strunes (New Strings) in a concert weaving together stories of six of these fearless individuals with original introspective Yiddish music. Donations collected at the performance support Doctors Without Borders medical teams. FFI:


Sunday, June 2, 2 p.m. You won't want to miss Drag Storytime at the Sabes JCC (4330 Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls) while viewing the diversity of the Twin Cities Jewish community in the photography exhibit Pride at the J. Additionally, J-Pride requests your help decorating a community chuppah to be featured on stage for the Pride Shabbat morning service on June 22 and carried in the parade. FFI:


Sunday, June 2, 4 p.m. The Twin Cities Jewish Chorale closes its season with a wide assortment of new and rarely performed Jewish choral works created by Minnesota composers. The venue is Shir Tikvah Congregation (1360 W Minnehaha Pkwy, Mpls). FFI:


Monday, June 3, 5:30 p.m. Israeli artist Avner Moriah speaks about his creative and dyslexic journey at the Westin Edina Galleria (3201 Galleria, Edina), sharing his story of dyslexia, his perspective regarding dyslexia as a gift of unique creativity, and how he became a prolific artist. RSVP:


Monday, June 3, 6 p.m. The wait is over. P’Chotchka, Rimon’s annual fast-paced evening of art, food, and ideas, returns to the Metropolitan Ballroom (5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley). This year’s line-up of presenting artists is as stellar as it is diverse--Pedram Baldari, Debra Fisher Goldstein, Hayley Finn, Rabbi Arielle Lekach-Rosenberg, Leslie Morris, Sara Shiff, Aaron Silver, and Denise Tennen. Last year was close to a sell-out. Buy your tickets at


Monday, June 3, 7 p.m. The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest presents author Rebecca Bender at the Sabes JCC (4330 Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls) for the launch of her book Still, a history of five generations beginning in Odessa and ending in the Midwest. FFI:


Wednesday, June 5, 7:30 p.m. The St Paul JCC Symphony Orchestra finishes its season at Highland Park Senior High School (1015 Snelling Ave S, St Paul) with powerful music that evokes the drama of opera and the movement of ballet dancers. Under the baton of Amir Kats, the orchestra shows why it’s one of the oldest continuously operating community orchestras in the country. FFI: or 651-255-4753


Thursday, June 6. Richard Heinrich found an abundance of rich imagery on the streets of the Florentin, a colorful South Tel Aviv neighborhood. His photographs in the exhibit RESIST/PERSIST/INSIST: STREET ART IN THE FLORENTIN at the St Paul JCC (1375 St Paul Ave) are on display through July 8. FFI: 651-255-4745


Saturday, June 8, 2 p.m. Join Joyce Lyon at Groveland Gallery (25 Groveland Terrace, Mpls) for the opening of Crosby Farm: Autumn, an exhibition of her new work. The exhibition runs through July 20. FFI:


Saturday, June 8, 5:15 p.m. Usher in Shavuot at Temple Israel (2323 Fremont Ave S, Mpls) with an evening of food, prayer, study, and a film and talk with filmmaker Laura Bialis. Rock in the Red Zone is a personal view from the ground on the frontlines of an endless war, and a powerful exploration into the lives and art of musicians struggling to create in a conflict zone. FFI:


Saturday, June 8, 7:45 p.m. Shir Tikvah, Beth Jacob, and J-Pride team up for Tikun Leil Shavuot: What’s Your Story on Revelation? at Beth Jacob Congregation (1179 Victoria Curve, Mendota Heights). Experience the power of revelation singing, moving, telling stories, listening, learning, cooking, finding our way to standing together at Sinai. Stay for a while or stay through the early hours of the morning! FFI: or


Monday, June 10, 4:15 p.m. Local film legend and director Al Milgrom has struck again with Singin’ in the Grain, a documentary about Minnesota’s Czech story and the state’s taste for polka. The venue is St. Anthony Main Theatre (115 Main St SE, Mpls). The film screens again at 7 pm and on June 11 at 4:15 and 7 pm. FFI:


Thursday, June 20, 7 p.m. Musician/Composer Eddie Estrin performs his original songs live at Underground Music Cafe (1579 Hamline Ave. St.Paul) with a set from guitarist Liz DeYoe. FFI:


Saturday, June 22, 4 p.m. Israeli composer/drummer Yogev Shetrit is featured in this year’s Twin Cities Jazz Festival at Mears Park (221 5th St E, St Paul). Shetrit has been active on the world fusion music scene for the past twenty years. He fuses traditional North African music, Gnawa, Andalusian music from his Moroccan heritage, along with contemporary jazz, Jewish and Mediterranean music. FFI:


Through June 22. Form + Content Gallery (210 N 2nd St, #104, Mpls) presents Layers of Time, an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Howard Oransky, Stuart Nielsen and Clarence Morgan. Celebrate the perspective of artistic change over time. FFI:


Monday, June 24. The St. Paul JCC (1375 St Paul Ave) opens an exhibition of this year’s Keren Or photography winners. Keren Or (Ray of Light) is a creative arts forum for Minnesota’s Jewish teens. The exhibit runs through July 1. FFI:


Thursday, June 27, 6 p.m. If you found the exhibit RESIST/PERSIST/INSIST: STREET ART IN THE FLORENTIN at the St Paul JCC (1375 St Paul Ave) inspiring, you’ll want to attend the reception for the photographer Richard Heinrich FFI:651-255-4745


Through June 30. You probably can’t resist a photo exhibition 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:


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 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:




1. Are you a young composer (under the age of 19 before June 1, 2019)? If so, you’re eligible for the MN Sinfonia Young Composers 2019 New Works Competition. Just submit original works - no entry fee! Composers must be native-born or current residents of the state of Minnesota. The selected work will be performed by the MN Sinfonia as part of its July 2019 concert at the Minneapolis Lake Harriet Bandshell. A selected composer receives a $500 stipend and the opportunity to work with MN Sinfonia's resident conductor/composer Jay Fishman to refine the piece for the Sinfonia. Deadline June 10. FFI:


2. Applications for the 2019-2020 Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council are OPEN. The application deadline is June 14. WACTAC members get to see the museum behind the scenes, meet artists, plan events for the Twin Cities teen community, and more. And they’re paid! The group meets every Thursday of the school year, 4:30-6:30 pm at the Walker. This opportunity is open to 10th to 12th grade artists, creators, and advocates living in the Twin Cities. Apply at FFI:  612-253-3436


3. The Peninsula Jewish Community Center is accepting submissions for a group exhibit at PJCC and is inviting artists of all faiths and cultures to submit their work for consideration. This call for art proposes to illuminate hate speech, its historically destructive manifestations, and its consequences for humanity. The exhibit was originally created by Jewish Art Salon members Robin Atlas and Nancy Current. It features their narratives Lashon Hara and L’dor Vador and has toured Canada, the Pacific Northwest, and New York City.  This version of the exhibit is being expanded to create a larger community conversation and encourages participation by artists of different faiths and cultures who are conscious of the issue of hate speech as part of daily life. Deadline: June 30, 11:59 p.m. FFI:  


4. 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:


5. 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:


6.  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:


7. 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:


8. 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:


9. 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


10. 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:


11. 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


12. 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


13. 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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