Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council's Monthly e-Guide
The September 2019 Edition
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Rimon is accepting applications for its autumn round of Project Support grants. The deadline is September 20. Nearly 100 artists or organizations have received a Rimon grant since the program began in 2005. Guidelines and application at 

Know a teen who loves to sing? The local chapter of HaZamir: The International Jewish Teen Choir is a terrific opportunity to perform at the highest standard, culminating in a gala performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall. For questions and audition sign-up, contact Cantor Audrey Abrams at


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Labor Day and beyond. Still longing for the Fair you did or didn’t see? Debra Fisher Goldstein brings it all to you in her acclaimed photo blog Beyond the Stick. FFI:

Thursday, September 5, 7 p.m. Columnist/lyricist/playwright/novelist Jenna Zark reads selections from her Beat Street series at Magers & Quinn Bookstore (3038 Hennepin Ave, Mpls) as part of an evening celebrating the publication of fellow writer Heidi Arneson’s new book, The Chalk Canoe. FFI: 

Saturday, September 7, 5:30 p.m. Join painter Bonnie Heller at the opening reception for her exhibition, Phatic Food, at Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art Gallery (250 Third Ave N, Mpls). The exhibit runs through October 4. FFI:  

Sunday, September 8, 2 p.m. The St. Paul JCC presents SHARP Dance Company at the SteppingStone Theater (55 Victoria St, St Paul). One of the featured pieces, 669, is inspired by Sir Nicholas Winton’s remarkable rescue of 669 children who were at risk during WWII in occupied Czechoslovakia.  FFI: 

Sunday, September 8, 7:30 p.m. The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest presents Ari Shapiro from All Things Considered and US Congressman Dean Phillips discussing the topic Immigrants: Making a Difference at the Ted Mann Concert Hall (2128 S 4th St, Mpls). FFI: history

Sunday, September 8. The Interfaith Artists' Circle displays the exhibits Community and Life, Loss and Legacy at White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church (328 Maple St, Mahtomedi). Work is on display through October 13. FFI:

Monday, September 9. The galleries at the St Paul JCC (1375 St Paul Ave, St Paul) and Sabes JCC (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls) present JUDAISM, ART & SCIENCE INTERWOVEN, a project of Partnership2Gether (P2G). P2G is a collaboration between Minneapolis and Rehovot, Israel. The exhibit features 36 new works by six participants (as well as guest artists). The featured artists include Linda Passon-McNally, David Sherman, Cathy Tobias, Pazit Assouline, Anatt Friedman, and Roni Schechber. The exhibit runs through October 27. FFI:

Monday, September 9, 7 p.m. The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest presents a South Dakota Book Event at the Sabes JCC (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls), featuring two books about the state. Eric Steven Zimmer’s The Question is “Why?“ tells Stanford Adelstein’s story of family, faith, business, politics, and philanthropy and Anne Stanton’s Deadwood’s Jewish Pioneers: A Gold Rush Odyssey. FFI:

Tuesday, September 10, 7 p.m. Prolific composer/keyboardist Craig Harris presents Untether, a solo concert, at Homewood Studios (2400 Plymouth Ave N, Mpls), revisiting and revitalizing music he has created for numerous dance and theater shows. FFI:

Tuesday, September 10. The Katherine E. Nash Gallery (405 21st Ave S, Mpls) opens 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. A public reception takes place on September 21 (7 p.m.). The exhibit runs through December 7. FFI:

Thursday, September 12, 6 p.m. You’ll want to catch the panel discussion and reception for Judaism, Art & Science Interwoven at the Sabes JCC (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls).  Local artists, with video highlights from Israeli artist participants, will discuss the impact of this artist exchange and how this process has affected their personal work and their connection to one another. FFI:

Thursday, September 12, 6:30 p.m. Grande Gallery (3510 Galleria, Edina) presents Themes from Earth and Water: Sculptures in Bronze and Fused Glass, featuring sculptor Marcella Rose and fused glass artist Bonnie Rubinstein. The artists will speak about their background, processes, inspiration, and vocation as an artist. FFI:

Saturday, September 14, 8 p.m. It’s opening night for the Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival at the Sabes JCC (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls). In Back to Maracanã, the only thing more important in life than family is soccer. An unplanned trip to the World Cup for three generations turns into a wild journey that changes all of them. FFI:

Saturday, September 14. The Museum of Russian Art (5500 Stevens Ave, Mpls) opens an intriguing exhibit, Mystical Imprints: Marc Chagall, Ben-Zion, and Ben Shahn, which runs through March 22. FFI:

Sunday, September 15, 1 p.m. Thinking about a fresh start for the New Year? Prepare for Rosh HaShanah with Hineni and Denise Tennen through an artful exploration of nature and the Mississippi River. Leaves, Sticks, and Sand takes place at Crosby Farm Regional Park (2595 Crosby Farm Rd, St Paul). RSVP:

Sunday, September 15, 1:30 p.m. The Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival continues at the Sabes JCC (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls) with Black Honey: The Life and Poetry of Avraham Sutzkever about the life and works of the preeminent Yiddish poet Avraham Sutzkever. FFI:

Sunday, September 15, 4 p.m. Look into the Israeli soul through the lens of Jerusalem’s Israel Museum and its galleries, storerooms, and visitors in the documentary The Museum. The film screens at the Sabes JCC (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls). FFI:

Sunday, September 15, 7 p.m. Spend an evening with Ori Elon, co-creator of the critically acclaimed Israeli television series Shtisel, at the Sabes JCC (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls). Shtisel brings viewers inside the life of the Haredi community in Jerusalem. FFI:

Monday, September 16, 7 p.m. Benjamin Netanyahu’s rise to power is the subject of the film King Bibi at the Sabes JCC (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls). The film draws on a treasure trove of archival footage of Bibi’s media performances over the years. FFI:

Tuesday, September 17, 7 p.m. See a collection of ancient manuscripts hidden for centuries in a Cairo synagogue and their remarkable odyssey to the modern world in the film From Cairo to the Cloud at the St Paul JCC (1375 St Paul Ave, St Paul). FFI: 

Wednesday, September 18, 7 p.m.  The Dakota Jazz Club (1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls) presents WHEN THE SHARK BITES: Hauptmann & Brecht, Lenya & Weill, which features the evergreen music of German-Jewish composer Kurt Weill with lyrics by Bertolt Brecht and Elisabeth Hauptmann. Expect to hear songs from Threepenny Opera, The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, and Happy End. FFI: 612-332-5299

Through September 18. The Edina Arts Center (4701 W 64th St, Edina) presents the exhibition, The Healer's Journey, created by Joel Carter and Kevin Komadina. FFI:

Thursday, September 19, 5 p.m. The Gordon Parks Gallery (645 E 7th St, St Paul) hosts a reception for Topographic Traces, featuring the photography of Byron Brauchli, Bernice Ficek-Swenson, and Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin. The exhibit runs September 23 through October 17.  FFI:

Thursday, September 19, 7 p.m. It’s Shorts Night at the Sabes JCC (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls). The evening features six short films ranging from a narrative drama to a crime documentary to a thriller. FFI:

Thursday, September 19, 7 p.m. Amy Salloway's Story Club Minneapolis at the Bryant-Lake Bowl (810 W. Lake St, Mpls) is a live storytelling show featuring both an open mic segment and a curated set of performers from all over the Twin Cities arts scene and beyond. FFI:

Saturday, September 21, 8 p.m. The true love story of a young English woman and a soccer-playing German POW is the subject of the film The Keeper in which love overcomes prejudice, public hostility, and personal tragedy near the end of World War II. The film screens at the Sabes JCC (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls). FFI:

Sunday, September 22, 1 p.m. View a week in the life of Boris Arkadiev, a fictional Soviet stand-up comedian, who is tormented in the film The Humorist not only by external oppression and censorship but also by his own insecurities that poison all his relationships. The film’s on view at the St Paul JCC (1375 St Paul Ave, St Paul). FFI:

Sunday, September 22, 2 p.m. Not to be missed! Rimon’s Young Artist Mentorship program invites you to attend an informal dialogue and exhibit of the students’ work at the Tychman Shapiro Gallery (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls). The young artists are photographers Dvorah Leah Kvasnik and Ruby Stillman, visual artists Jonah Schmieg and Isa Kaner-Roth, and writers Nora Cornell and Max Walker. FFI: 

Sunday, September 22, 4 p.m. During the Ethiopian civil war, a Jewish teenager in the film Fig Tree hatches a scheme to keep her Christian boyfriend from being drafted, as her family prepares to flee the country and go to Israel. Fig Tree screens at the St Paul JCC (1375 St Paul Ave). FFI:

Sunday, September 22, 7 p.m. In The Unorthodox, Yaakov Cohen, tired of being pushed around, improvises a political campaign–no means, no connections, no money, but with much rage, passion, and a sense of justice. The film is on view at the St Paul JCC (1375 St Paul Ave). FFI:

Tuesday, September 24, 7 p.m. The St Paul JCC (1375 St Paul Ave, St Paul) hosts a book release and reception for The Arc of the Covenant by Earl Schwartz, a work that studies social, cultural, and political factors that contributed to Jewish educational success in St. Paul in the latter half of the 20th century. FFI:

Thursday, September 26, 7 p.m. A man recounts his life--from his childhood through his experiences in World War II, and the story of his self-sacrificing mother who raised him alone--in the film Promise at Dawn. It screens at the St Paul JCC (1375 St Paul Ave, St Paul). FFI:

Saturday, September 28, 8 p.m. It’s closing night for the Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival at the St Paul JCC (1375 St Paul Ave, St Paul). In My Polish Honeymoon, a young Parisian couple travel to Poland for the first time and attend a ceremony in memory of their grandfather’s Jewish community and get both more and less than they expected. FFI:

Through October 6. Lucy Rose Fischer’s Grow Old With Me exhibit shows at the First Unitarian Society (900 Mount Curve Ave, Mpls). 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 Historical Society of the Upper Midwest is offering students FREE tickets to its annual benefit featuring NPR’s Ari Shapiro and US Congressman Dean Phillips who will discuss the topic Immigrants: Making a Difference at the Ted Mann Concert Hall (2128 S 4th St, Mpls) on September 8 (7:30 pm). For further details, contact Robin Doroshow at  

2. Know a teen who loves to sing? The local chapter of HaZamir: The International Jewish Teen Choir is a terrific opportunity to perform at the highest standard, culminating in a gala performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall. For questions and audition sign-up, contact Cantor Audrey Abrams at

3. Rimon is accepting applications for its autumn round of Project Support grants. The deadline is September 20. Nearly 100 artists or organizations have received a Rimon grant since the program began in 2005. Guidelines and application at 

4. The Story Studio 2-Day workshop with Amy Salloway is a perfect weekend intensive for those dipping their toes into storytelling waters for the first time, and for seasoned performers wanting to brush up on skills or focus on a new or challenging project. The 7-or-so hours of class include lecture, discussion, individual and group exercises, performance time, and feedback and critique. Students will leave having developed and presented at least the first draft of a 5-7 minute personal story to perform onstage, and will come away with tools for developing narrative material that are applicable to a wide variety of settings: theatre, story slams, written memoir, podcasts, lectures, public speaking, TED talks, business presentations, and more. At the Phoenix Theater (2605 Hennepin Ave S, Mpls) Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15. FFI:

5. Memoir and Narrative Writing with Amy Salloway. Writing about your own life can be rewarding -- and 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. Mondays, Sep 30 - Nov 11, No class October 14, at Jefferson School (26th and Hennepin Ave South, Mpls) FFI:

6. St Louis Park Arts & Culture Grant is seeking submissions. The Arts & Culture Grant Program is a collaborative program between the City of St. Louis Park, the St. Louis Park Youth Development Fund and St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts. The program provides funding for new arts programs that support community pride, connect artists and the community, and engage people in creative learning. Submission deadline: September 30, 2019, 4:30 pm. FFI: Jamie Marshall at 952-928-6422 or

7. The Artist Showcase is a community art exhibit celebrating and featuring artists in St. Louis Park and Golden Valley. This exhibit will build connections between local artists and our communities. Artists and creatives who live, work or learn in St. Louis Park or Golden Valley are encouraged to submit work for the Artist Showcase. Accepting submissions of work in 2D, 3D, and projected digital/video/film. Submissions Open: September 1 - 30; Opening Reception: January 31, 2020; On Display: February 1 - March 7, 2020. FFI:

8. 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. Wednesdays, Oct 30 - Nov 20, at Jefferson School (26th and Hennepin Ave South, Mpls). FFI:

9. 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:

10. 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:

11. 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:

12. 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

13. 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:

14. 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

15. 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

16. 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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