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Monday, February 1. 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, drawing 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
Wednesday, February 3, 11 a.m. The American Sephardi Federation presents a panel discussion of authors who contributed to Views of Jewish Morocco: Forms, Places, Narratives. The book focuses on the memory of Moroccan Judaism through autobiographical accounts, testimonies, artistic experiences, and critical writings that shed light on them. Register: https://bit.ly/3npcyk8
Friday, February 5, 4 p.m. The University of Minnesota presents Professor Amy Wlodarski in Listening Contrapuntally to Witness Testimonies of Terezín. Narratives about music at Terezín—the “model camp” designed by the Nazis to obscure the reality of their genocidal motives to international observers—have focused heavily on music’s redemptive and beneficial role as described by witnesses in postwar testimonial records. Wlodarski proposes the need for a different form of listening that would allow us to better understand how the power of past historiographies limits listening. FFI: https://cla.umn.edu/chgs/programming/lectures-conferences-symposia
Sunday, February 7, 6:30 p.m. It’s movie night at Beth Jacob Congregation. They Ain't Ready For Me is the story of Tamar Manasseh, the African American rabbinical student who is leading the fight against senseless killings on the south side of Chicago and across the country. Register: https://bethjacob.nirsham.com/form/movie-night-
Tuesday, February 9, 6:30 p.m. The National Museum of American Jewish History hosts American Jewish Musical Encounter, a panel exploring lesser-known musical styles of Jewish America, including Yiddish opera, Persian Jewish music, and Orthodox bluegrass. Musicians and scholars will discuss Jewish cultural encounters and adaptation to the American context over the past century, looking beyond the Ashkenazi/Mizrahi divide. The event is free, but you must register: https://upenn.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_n0TLNq8iSoWk4eq9Oiw6pA
Wednesday, February 10, noon. The National Museum of American Jewish History screens the 2014 concert documentary Flory’s Flame about Bosnian Sephardic musical legend Flory Jagoda (z’’l), who passed away last week. Flory’s mission was to perpetuate her family’s cultural legacy through the music and language passed on to them by their Sephardi ancestors. Flory’s strength of spirit shines through her challenging but ultimately triumphant story. Register: https://www.nmajh.org/events/florys-flame-nmajh-screening-1/
Saturday, February 13, 8 p.m. Jewish songwriters composed some of the most heralded songs from the early 1900’s through today, including My Yiddishe Momme, Send in the Clowns, Someone to Watch Over Me, Piano Man, Tapestry. The list goes on. The Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company presents Promise of America--A Celebration of Jewish American Song to entertain and instruct us. The production is pay-per-view and runs through February 21. FFI: mnjewishtheatre.org
Through February 14. For the last seven years Rachel Breen’s work has examined the labor rights of garment workers, a nexus for many challenges of capitalism- globalization, climate crisis, racism, and labor abuse. The Shapes We Take is yet another chapter in Breen’s commitment to making systems visible that are hard to comprehend and deeply entrenched. The work can be seen at Soo Visual Arts Center (2909 Bryant Ave S, Suite 101, Mpls). FFI: https://www.soovac.org/theshapeswetake
Tuesday, February 16, 12 p.m. The Yiddish Book Center presents an online lecture by Zohar Weiman-Kelman, Talking Across Time: A Conversation between Three Great Jewish Women Poets. The poets in question are Emma Lazarus, Anna Margolin, and Irena Klepfisz. Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hWszXmbcRmC4cGsxEBer1A
Wednesday, February 17, 12 p.m. Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, Jewish vocalists and instrumentalists played an outsized role in the production of music in Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. Historian Christopher Silver provides a musical tour of the North African Jewish past in his lecture Jews and Music in North Africa. FFI: https://www.nmajh.org/events/jews-and-music-of-the-maghreb/
Sunday, February 21, 2 p.m. Children 8-12 years of age and an older adult of their choice are invited to join in Postcards From My Past, a virtual community-wide celebration of family stories. Pairs will work on postcards during this facilitated event. Prior to the event, they will receive materials that will include a set of open-ended interview questions guiding them to explore their Jewish background, experiences and stories; a postcard with graphics that can help frame their conversations and stories; and a SASE envelope to return completed work for display in the spring. The activity will culminate in a virtual exhibition. Register by February 7: https://www.jfcsmpls.org/event/postcards-from-my-past/
Tuesday, February 23, 12 p.m. Explore the history and art of scrolls of Esther in Imagining Esther: The Splendid Illustrated Esther Scrolls. Drawing on the HUC-JIR collection, Sharon Liberman Mintz will lecture about the book of Esther and how artists have readily adopted predominant aesthetic traditions into their decoration, reflecting a rich variety of artistic styles along with the continuity of scribal traditions. Register: https://huc-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwlc-qpqjkpHdAzxyO19lnwxTxWhrCBGAMT
Saturday, February 27, 7 p.m. You won’t be surprised to learn that the Dakota Jazz & Blues Club has gotten into the virtual concert business. You might want to catch Streaming: Gershwin!, featuring local favorite Prudence Johnson singing classic songs of romp and romance. https://www.dakotacooks.com
Through February 28. More than 40 local creative people—from youth to seniors, amateur artists to professionals—have created 24” x 24” works of art on plywood for the St Louis Park Friends of the Arts’ Winter Art-Walk in the Park. You can catch this exhibit at Oak Hill Park and Dakota Park. FFI: www.slpfota.org
Wednesday, March 3, 10 a.m. Join Joy Gordon via Zoom on March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, and April 7 for Kabbalah for Our Times. Each interactive class contains philosophy, art, music, and storytelling. The Cosmology of Rabbi Isaac Luria and The Sefirot, The Ten Energies of the Tree of Life, provide a roadmap to greater consciousness and fulfillment. For more information or to register: www.joyofkabbalah.com .
Wednesday, March 3, 7 p.m. Photographer Linda Brooks launches her book PROXIMITIES art, education, activism with a virtual event. The volume considers the social, cultural, historical and aesthetic context in which Brooks’ work has evolved. In part a memoir, PROXIMITIES reveals correlations between personal narratives and cultural contexts. Register: www.subtextbooks.com/events/2021/3/10/linda-brooks-for-proximities-with-george-slade
Through March 26. The Katherine E. Nash Gallery (405- 21st Ave S, Mpls) presents Breaking Silence: Design for a Changing World. This exhibition features intriguingly diverse esthetics that share a commitment to the essential role design can play as we navigate the challenges of our time. The Apparel Design Program has contributed the work of 12 designers (including Noah Garon), all of them candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree in Spring 2021. Make an appointment: https://cla.umn.edu/art
Through April 30. The Minnesota African American Museum and Gallery (1256 Penn Ave N, 4th floor, Mpls) presents Art Is My Weapon, featuring artwork by fifteen artists, including Pedram Baldari. The exhibit uses art and creativity to spark an important conversation about gun violence in our community. FFI: www.maahmg.org
Through April 30. The University of St. Thomas (2115 Summit Ave, St Paul) has recently opened a new gallery space, the Hoedeman Gallery of Sacred Art, in the Iversen Center for Faith on Cleveland Ave between Laurel and Ashland. Among its first exhibits is The Interfaith Prayer Wall, created by Aimee Orkin and the women’s visual art collective, Interfaith Artist Circle. The 6’ by 9’ canvas mural “wall” uses architectural forms from the three Abrahamic religions to frame images created by the Circle’s nineteen participating artists. FFI: interfaithartistcircle.com
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: https://wam.umn.edu/calendar/brooks-turner-legends-and-myths-of-ancient-minnesota/
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: https://new.artsmia.org/exhibition/saul-steinberg-visual-verse
Ongoing. St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts presents Artist Showcase ‘21, a 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: www.slpfota.org
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: percichester.com
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). Shira teaches one or two dances each week. The rest of the time the group dances the night away with popular Israeli dance repertoire, fitting in 35-40 dances each evening. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: https://www.sabesjcc.org/about/muddy-waters-online-exhibit-2/
Keren Or (Ray of Light) announces its 17th annual creative arts contest for Jewish youth. Minnesota Jewish students in grades 7-12 are invited to submit original poetry, creative prose, and photographs. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 19, 2021, 5 p.m. All submissions must be submitted using the online forms provided at www.kerenorcontest.org. Prizes in each category are awarded to two separate groups: students in grades 7-9 and grades 10-12. Winning entries will be published at the Keren Or website and in a special supplement to The American Jewish World in May, 2021. For additional information and contest rules, visit www.kerenorcontest.org or call 952-381-3449.
Applications for the 2021 McKnight Fellowships for Media Artists are now open. The intent of this program is to recognize and support mid-career media artists living and working in Minnesota who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence. Four fellows will receive a cash award of $25,000 plus other benefits. There will be a general “How to Apply” webinar on February 16, as well as a webinar for BIPOC artists on March 3. The final deadline for applying is March 15. FFI: https://myfilmnorth.org/mcknight-fellowships-media-artists/
The Jewish National Fund is hosting an ideas/architecture competition in which several winners’ designs will be incorporated into the final blueprint of a 20 acre village in Be’er Sheva. Submissions should be guided by JNF’s mission to support conversation, education, and encourage interaction among the village users. Submissions should be guided by the theme of Zionism, Judaism, innovation, desert environment, and cutting-edge ideas to mitigate climate impact and sustainability. The submission deadline is March 18. FFI: https://zionistvillage.jnf.org/index.php/answer-architecture-rfp/
Rimon accepts applications semi-annually for its Project Support grants. Since the program’s inception in 2005, Rimon has awarded $214,000 to 107 projects. The next application deadline is March 19, 5 p.m. FFI: rimonmn.org
The Rising Voices Fellowship is a national leadership development program of the Jewish Women’s Archive for female-identified Jewish teens in grades 10–12 with a passion for writing and an interest in Judaism, feminism, and social justice. This ten-month program offers a unique curriculum exploring Jewish women’s history and identity, and gives Fellows the tools and training to use their voices to make positive social change. Application due by March 19. FFI: https://jwa.org/risingvoices
McKnight Fellowships for Dancers and Choreographers is based at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in Minneapolis. We award $25,000 fellowships to dance artists who live throughout Minnesota. The grant is “unrestricted” which means that fellows can spend it any way they’d like. It could be for a project, to create regalia, for dance training, or simply for general living expenses. It can be spent on anything. If you are a dancer or choreographer– in any style or form – answer these two questions: 1. Have you been dancing for at least 5 years? 2. Have you lived in the state of Minnesota for at least one year? If you answered “yes” to both, then you’re eligible for these funds. Deadline is March 31. FFI: www.mcknightdancechoreo.org , email@example.com, or 612-209-2850
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. 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. Deadline for the young composer competition is June 1, 2021. FFI: firstname.lastname@example.org/ 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. Deadline for submission is July 22.
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 at 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: www.jewishart.org
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: https://springboardforthearts.org/professional-growth/career-consultations/artist-career-consultants/
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. https://springboardforthearts.org/coronavirus/
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: https://www.peoples-center.org/programs
The demanding and unfamiliar role of a caregiver can take an incredible toll, often without the caregiver even realizing it. It is not unusual for caregivers to develop mild or more serious depression as a result of the continual demands they face while providing care. Jewish Family Service of St. Paul (JFS) is offering “Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” a six-week educational series that has been shown to have a positive impact on caregiver’s health. The class will meet from 1:00 to 2:30PM via Zoom each Tuesday from February 2 through March 9. To register, contact Bonnie at (651) 497-8248, email@example.com, or Tara at (763) 300-3146, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. YALA is especially seeking projects from and for those most impacted by COVID-19 and initiatives that support marginalized groups in the Jewish community. FFI: email@example.com
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. FFI: https://www.karben.com/The-Key-from-Spain--Flory-Jagoda-and-Her-Music_p_1061.html. For other arts-related titles go to https://www.karben.com/topics-of-interest.html
Multimedia artist Hanan Harchol never fails to stimulate ethical thinking with his art work. 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: https://youtu.be/waE6xcMTRL0
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: https://kinonow.com/series/the-jewish-soul
Purim is right around the corner, and it's never too soon to contemplate fun and homentashen. Check out Eisner's Klezmorim virtual Purimshpil: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Du3hoIPmYU&feature=youtu.be .
Ready to start designing your haggadah? Each year hundreds of Jewish organizations rely on Haggadot.com to design engaging seders for their communities. With a library of 80,000+ pieces of content, Haggadot.com can help you create a haggadah--no matter how you’re gathering this Passover. FFI: haggadot.com
The Jimmy Wilson Gallery has re-opened, and it’s online. Among the twenty artists currently featured are Bonnie Cutts, Wendy Kieffer, Shragg, and Jimmy Steinfeldt. Check it out. FFI: https://www.jimmypicture.com
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: http://lincolncenter.org/lincoln-center-at-home/show/voice-of-my-city-jerome-robbins-and-new-york-exhibition-826
December 2020 marked 100 years since the Vilner Troupe presented their ground-breaking world premiere of Ansky's Der Dibek (The Dybbuk, or, Between Two Worlds) which theater historian Debra Caplan calls 'the most iconic play in the Jewish canon.' In honor of that watershed date in Jewish and theatrical history, the Congress for Jewish Culture presented an online production of the play in Yiddish with English subtitles and English narration. It was a knock-out with an all-star international cast that included Mike Burstyn, Mendy Cahan, Refoyel Goldwasser, Dan Kahn, Amitai Kedar, Yoffe Sheinberg, Yelena Shmulenson, Suzanne Toren, and Michael Wex. The production was directed and adapted by Allen Lewis Rickman. Watch it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sop8T-OxN2M
Arts Midwest World Fest has brought international musicians to communities throughout the Midwest since 2003. This year, when they can’t be with you in person, Arts Midwest is still bringing music and culture from around the world to your screens. Dive into these World Fest Online videos featuring three incredible international music ensembles.Travel through 2,500 years of Israel’s musical tradition with Hadar Maoz and her ensemble. Hadar finds inspiration for her music everywhere, from ancient Persia to modern rock and roll. Get to know more about life in Israel, as Hadar takes you to the riverside, sings and dances with her grandmother, and visits with her mom. FFI: https://www.artsmidwest.org/worldfestonline
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: https://www.shanakaplow.com/
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPc9XB5uTnk&feature=youtu.be
The Minnesota Book Awards, sponsored by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, are always a great way to lift up the authors in our state. This year’s finalists are especially interesting, as they include Jeffrey Zuckerman’s memoir Unglued: A Bipolar Love Story and Raki Kopernik’s novel, The Things You Left. Congrats to both of them. The winning books are announced in April.
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. https://soundcloud.com/flowpoetry/sets/elements-ep-flowpoetry-x-jeff-clarke
Need a fix of architectural history? Minneapolis-based architectural historian Richard Kronick presents "George Elmslie: In the Shadow of Louis Sullivan." Kronick presents new evidence that Elmslie (of the architectural firm Purcell & Elmslie) did most of the design work on eight buildings usually credited to Louis Sullivan, including the Guaranty Building in Buffalo, New York, and the Carson, Pirie Scott Department Store in Chicago. The lecture was delivered in the 1911 Oscar and Katherine Owre house designed by Purcell & Elmslie and includes a brief tour of the house. Watch it: http://lindenhillshistory.org/category/videos/ FFI: www.richardlkronick.com
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: EddieEstrin.com/video
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 www.jhsum.org
If you missed Rimon’s virtual Artist Salons from this summer (Listen to the Voices: Immigrant Stories and A Century of The Dybbuk:1920/2020), you can hear them at www.rimonmn.org. While you’re there, check out the highlight videos from another half a dozen Artist Salons from previous seasons.
Explore the Milken Archive of Jewish Music, which includes roughly 600 works, 800 hours of oral histories, nearly 50,000 photographs, and countless hours of documentary and performance footage. If that sounds overwhelming, a Milken curator has created a "Getting Started" guide and two-album anthology. Organized around the collection’s twenty themed volumes and featuring videos, photos, and of course, music, the guide is an accessible way to get familiar with the breadth of genres and artists included in the Archive. https://www.milkenarchive.org/articles/view/getting-started/?utm_source=MA&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_campaign=GettingStarted_2020
Israel Story, a long-form podcast, brings high-quality human interest stories from all over Israel to hundreds of thousands of listeners around the world. The Last Laugh episode tells the story of Eyal Gever, an Israeli high-tech-wunderkind-turned-conceptual-artist, who, forty years after Carl Sagan’s ‘Golden Records’ began their long voyage into the depths of outer space, received an unusual call. NASA asked him to create the first artwork to be printed in space! FFI: https://israelstory.org/
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 ChaiFlicks.com
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. http://artsmn.org/coronavirus/
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 JoCsurvey.org to take the 15-minute survey and have your voice heard!
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 affect 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or https://www.jfcsmpls.org/covid-19-resources
Emergency financial assistance is available at Jewish Family Services of St. Paul. This program helps JFS clients and members of the St. Paul Jewish Community with emergency expenses such as housing, medical, utilities, and transportation. Individuals who work for St. Paul Jewish organizations are considered part of the Jewish community for this program. FFI: https://jfssp.org/services/covid-19-support-services