Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council's Monthly e-Guide
The August 2019 Edition
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Thursday, August 1, 7:30 pm. Rich with musical hits you know and love in a production directed by Barlett Sher and choreographed by Hofesh Shechter, Fiddler on the Roof is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love, and laughter. It’s playing at the Orpheum Theatre (910 Hennepin Ave, Mpls) through August 4. FFI:


Thursday, August 1, 10 p.m. The Fringe Festival returns! Actor/playwright Avi Aharoni recounts the incredible life of the man who raised him in Operation: Immigration at Mixed Blood Theatre (1501 S 4th St, Mpls). Additional performances take place on August 3, 5, 10, and 11. FFI: 


Friday, August 2, 7 p.m. The Jew in the Ashram, produced and performed by Amanda Erin Miller, depicts a struggling young woman studying yoga at an ashram in India who unexpectedly reconnects with her Jewish roots. The venue for this Fringe production is the Ritz Theater Studio (345 13th Ave NE, Mpls). The show repeats on August 3, 4, 6, and 7. FFI:


Friday, August 2, 7 p.m. Eddie Estrin has been vibrating the air with sound for a lifetime. He is performing in It's Happening Now by Painting the Room at Rarig Center Arena (330 - 21st Ave S, Mpls). Painting the Room is a collective of dancers, musicians, and speakers who create performances on the spot. All of the content is totally improvised. The show repeats on August 4, 6, 10, and 11. FFI:


Friday, August 2, 8 p.m. The Minnesota Orchestra performs Argentinian Jewish composer Osvaldo Golijov’s astonishing La Pasión según San Marcos (The Passion According to St. Mark) under the direction of conductor Ahmed Anzaldúa. Called by one critic “the first indisputably great composition of the 21st century," Golijov used texts from the Gospel of Mark, the Kaddish, Lamentations of Jeremiah, Psalms 113-119, and texts by Galician author Rosalia de Castro. The concert is repeated on August 3. FFI:


Saturday, August 3, 5:30 p.m. Chicago’s Plucky Rosenthal returns to the Fringe Festival with more original music, eccentric comedy, and lifestyle advice in her one-person show Songs To Caftan In at Strike Theater (824 18th Ave NE, Mpls). The show repeats on August 4, 6, 8, and 11. FFI:


Monday, August 5, 7:30 p.m. Join Atid for a picnic followed by the music of The Sound of Simon & Garfunkel. Bring dinner, a camp chair or blanket, and a dessert to share. Meet at the tables behind the seats at the Bandshell (4175 W Lake Harriet Pkwy, Mpls). FFI:


Thursday, August 8. Open Eye Figure Theatre (506 E 24th St, Mpls) presents WHEN THE SHARK BITES: Hauptmann & Brecht, Lenya & Weill, featuring 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. The production runs through August 18. FFI:


Through August 8. You'll want to see The Spy Behind the Plate on view at Edina Cinema (3911 W 50th St, Edina). The Spy Behind Home Plate is the first feature-length documentary to tell the real story of Morris “Moe” Berg, the enigmatic and brilliant Jewish baseball player turned spy. FFI:


Friday, August 9. In this film comedy that crosses borders and breaks boundaries, Salam, a charming 30-year old Palestinian living in Jerusalem, works as an intern on a popular Palestinian soap opera, “Tel Aviv on Fire.” Every day Salam must pass through an Israeli checkpoint to reach the television studios. Things get interesting when he meets the commander of the check-point, Assi, whose wife is a huge fan of the show. Tel Aviv on Fire screens at the Edina Cinema (3911 W 50th St, Edina). FFI:


Tuesday, August 13, 7 p.m. Hineni’s Summertime Jewish Learning Across the Twin Cities series presents Cantor Richard Schwartz in a session at Bet Shalom (13613 Orchard Rd, Minnetonka) entitled “How might seeing Judaism as a creative enterprise transform our relationship to it?”  FFI:


Thursday, August 15. The Edina Arts Center (4701 W 64th St, Edina) opens the exhibition, The Healer's Journey, created by Joel Carter and Kevin Komadina. The exhibit runs through September 18. FFI:


Sunday, August 18, 7 p.m. Get relief from the bad news, politics, global warming, and protesting with A Gathering Dance at Shir Tikvah Synagogue (1360 W Minnehaha Pkwy, Mpls). Join the community for some support and re-energizing through circle and line dances done outside, plus some creative and inspiring performance inside. With performances by Cia Sautter, Dagmara Gutman, Kathilyn Solomon, and music from Judith Eisner. FFI:


Through August 20. Splitting the Light: Welcoming Nature Back to Our Lives by Lilli Sprintz is on display in the Sabes JCC’s Tychman Shapiro Gallery (4330 Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls). The exhibition features art that Lilli has created over the course of her life, portraying the many different environments that she has lived in. FFI:


Wednesday, August 21, 7:30 p.m. It’s opening night at Mount Zion Temple (1300 Summit Ave, St Paul) for The Mikveh Monologues by Anita Diamant & Janet Buchwald - a set of monologues that share the transformative experience of the modern mikveh. The production is directed by Miriam Schwartz and runs through August 25 at various locations. FFI: (651) 647-4315 


Thursday, August 22, 7 p.m. Get a glimpse of the origin story behind one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals in the documentary Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles at the Sabes JCC (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls). Combining archival footage and filmed performances, we see Fiddler’s creative roots in 1960s New York, when tradition was on the wane and gender roles, race relations, and religion were evolving. FFI:


Thursday, August 22,  7:30 pm. Here’s another opportunity to see The Mikveh Monologues - this time at Adath Jeshurun Congregation (10500 Hillside Ln W, Minnetonka). FFI: (952) 545-2424


Friday, August 23, 1 p.m. The Mikveh Monologues continues at the Highland Park Community Center (1978 Ford Parkway St. Paul). The show repeats at the same location on Sunday, August 25, 1 p.m. FFI: (651) 647-4315


Saturday, August 24, 8 p.m. And yet another venue for The Mikveh Monologues - Shir Tikvah Congregation (1360 W Minnehaha Pkwy, Mpls). FFI: (651) 647-4315


Through August 25. The Guthrie Theater (818 S 2nd St, Mpls) presents a classic of American music theater, Guys and Dolls by Frank Loesser, Abe Burrows, and Jo Swerling, based on stories by Damon Runyon. The original production in 1951 was awarded a Pulitzer Prize that was then rescinded because of troubles with the House on Un-American Activities Committee. You can’t make this stuff up. FFI: 612-377-2224


Sunday, August 25, 1 p.m. Get insights into the creative minds behind The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Temple of Aaron is proud to present a conversation with award-winning actor Rachel Brosnahan and prolific actor, comedian, and podcaster Kevin Pollak. They will share their experiences in creating the wildly popular show at The O'Shaughnessy (2004 Randolph Ave, St Paul). FFI: (651) 698-8874


Sunday, August 25, 4 p.m. Lucy Greenbaum started song-leading as a freshman in high school and has been in love with Jewish music ever since. Recently she started writing her own Jewish music. Hear and see Lucy at Adath Jeshurun (10500 Hillside Ln W, Minnetonka). FFI:


Monday, August 26. An exhibition of paintings by Bonnie Heller opens at the Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art Gallery (250 Third Ave N, Mpls). An opening reception takes place on Saturday, September 7. The exhibit runs through October 4. FFI:  


Through August 29. The photographic exhibit Transfer of Memory illustrates Holocaust survivors living in Minnesota, in their homes, in full color. photos by David Sherman and writings by Lili Chester will be on view at the Minneapolis Central Library (300 Nicollet Mall, Mpls). FFI:


Through August 29. Who can resist a photo exhibit 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: 


Through August 30. Artist and designer Hillel Smith re-imagines the potential of Judaica by using contemporary media to create new expressions of traditional forms. The St Paul JCC (1375 St Paul Ave) presents the artist in an exhibit to accompany his large-scale mural on the side of the building. 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 will be 669, which is inspired by the stories of Sir Nicholas Winton and the families for whom he intervened.  Winton organized a rescue mission for 669 children of mostly Jewish families who were at risk from the Nazis 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:




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


2. The Adath Book Club next meets on Sunday, August 4, 10:30 a.m., in the synagogue’s library (10500 Hillside Ln W, Minnetonka). The August book selection is Inheritance by Dani Shapiro. Special guest book club leader is Marilyn Reiter. FFI: 952) 545-2424


3.  Proposals are now being accepted for The Howard B. & Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment Fund. Funding is available to support artistic creativity with Jewish content. Applications are welcome emphasizing music, dance, literature, theatre, visual arts and film from individual artists who have a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status or organizations with 501(c)(3) status, whether Jewish or Gentile. Awards in the past have gone to 126 projects ranging from $500 to $3,000. Grant requests from $1,000 to $7,000 will be accepted. In the last 23 years over $149,000 has been awarded to artists and institutions since the Fund’s inception. The Howard B. & Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment Fund is a designated endowment of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation’s Jewish Community Foundation.  The Endowment is named for the prominent Minneapolis couple Howard B. Brin and Ruth F. Brin who were both community and national leaders. Awards will be announced shortly after October 9th, 2019, which is the conclusion of the Jewish High Holy Days. The Application Deadline is 3:00 pm Friday, August 9, 2019. FFI: 952-417-2328,


4. Public Art at Westwood Hills Nature Center Call for Artists. The City of St. Louis Park has partnered with St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts to commission original artwork for installation in the new Interpretive Center at the Westwood Hills Nature Center, a 160-acre natural area featuring marsh, woods and restored prairie in the northwest corner of St. Louis Park. Maximum project budget: $35,000. Deadline August 12. 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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