Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council

Welcome to Rimon. We put artists in the center of the Jewish community – not on the margins.

Rimon, an initiative of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, promotes and enhances Jewish identity through arts and culture, supports arts and artists who broadly explore Jewish themes, and assists the greater Jewish community in developing a collaborative involvement with the arts.


Not sure what we do at Rimon?
Hear from Executive Director, David Jordan Harris, how we directly support artists.


Did you know?

The Rimon Arts Fund has allocated $174,000 to 90 artists and institutions since the Project Support funding program began in 2005.


Project Support Grant Application DEADLINE is March 22, 2019 @ 5 pm

Review the proposal guidelines; Application not active yet.

For further information, contact the Rimon office at 952-381-3449 or rimon@sabesjcc.org .



Artist Salon Calendar

High-Brow/Low-Brow: An Illustrator Looks Askance at Art

Jan. 20, 2 p.m. @ Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis

Who gets to decide what is art?

Eli Libson is a video game designer, cartoonist, and illustrator. He loves to play with the contrast between high-brow and low-brow styles.

Artist Moderator Marty Harris joins Eli in conversation about the rich history of Jewish illustrators and the use of irony, comedy, and guile as part of the cultural outsider’s toolkit.

General admission $12 (36 and under $6)

>>> Learn more about this Rimon Artist Salon <<<


Cutting Out Injustice: Revolution in Jewish Papercuts

Feb. 24, 2 p.m. @ Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art, Minneapolis

Papercutting is a traditional Jewish folk art that was practiced in both Eastern European as well as in North African and Middle Eastern Jewish communities.

Queer artist Aaron Silver/Greenberg has focused almost exclusively on this art form for the past ten years.

The Rimon Artist Salon Series has commissioned Aaron to create a new papercut for its February Salon.

Jewish cultural commentator and transgender activist Freya Richman joins Aaron in conversation on the process of creating new work and on bringing contemporary experience into a traditional art form.

General admission $12 (36 and under $6)



Apr. 7, 7 p.m. @ Bryant-Lake Bowl & Theater in Uptown

The Artist Salon season concludes with a commission for Russian-Israeli artists Boris and Katya Oicherman.

Boris and Katya are joined by Nooshin Hakim Javadi and Pedram Baldari in a performance piece inspired by the traditional form of Jewish study called chevruta.


General admission $12 (36 and under $6)

or Call 952-381-3449


Thank you to our audience who add so much rich content to the Artist Salon conversation.

Lisa Gutkin, Composer, multi-instrumentalist, and The Klezmatics violinist’s The Trail Forward, is about growing up with 85 lefty, Jewish, outdoor-loving, garment worker grandparents.

Rabbi Arielle Lekach-Rosenberg joined Lisa in conversation about making change through collective action and the power of music to ignite it.

photo credit Debra Fisher Goldstein










Keren Or (Ray of Light), is a creative arts contest for teens in grades 7-12

This organization was founded in 2004 by Gerald (z”l) and Eileen Siegel (z”l) to honor the memory of their daughter, Karen Siegel-Jacobs. Karen wrote wonderful poetry and stories as a teenager, and her family has chosen to honor her memory by encouraging and supporting the creative efforts of other Jewish teenagers. Its goal is to showcase and encourage the artistic talents of Jewish youth in grades seven through twelve.

The contest is managed by Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Counciland has become a much-anticipated community celebration of artistic achievement. This past year 61 teens participated, submitting a record number of 191 poems, photographs, and pieces of creative prose to Keren Or. The participants represented fifteen schools throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area and beyond. Also represented were thirteen Twin Cities synagogues (Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Orthodox) as well as unaffiliated families.

Tell your kids to start creating:
15th Keren Or Contest Deadline
is Feb 15, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.
The awards ceremony will take place in May, 2019



Rimon Named One of 50 Innovative Jewish Organizations in the U.S.


Rimon has been named one of North America’s top 50 innovative nonprofit Jewish organizations in the eleventh annual Slingshot Guide. For FIVE consecutive years Rimon has been recognized by Slingshot and the only Minnesota nonprofit to receive the honor in 2016. Selected from among hundreds of finalists reviewed by 93 professionals with expertise in grant-making and Jewish communal life, the Guide called Rimon, “a model of how to bring both Jewish artists and their art into… the center of Jewish community life through high-impact collaborations, education, arts advocacy, and creative alliances that build community in lasting ways.” Organizations selected in this year’s Guide were evaluated on their innovative approach, the impact they have in their work, the leadership they have in their sector, and their effectiveness at achieving results.

Read more

Slingshot 2016




Rimon goes to a Guthrie Matinee - SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT – Rimon is going to the Guthrie’s production of “Indecent,” a Tony Award-winning play by Paula Vogel based on Yiddish writer Sholem Asch’s scandalous 1907 drama “God of Vengeance.” The Rimon group will enjoy a light nosh at 11:30 am and pre-play analysis by the Guthrie’s senior dramaturg Jo Holcomb.

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Spring 2017 Project Support Grant Recipients

Four projects were selected for Rimon’s Spring 2017 round of Project Support grants. Covering a fascinating spectrum of Jewish arts from the historic to the contemporary, grantees included:
 The Baroque Room who will present the acclaimed Sephardic music ensemble Me La Amargates TuSt. Louis Park Friends of the Arts who will produce a concert/community sing that brings together Jewish musicians with African-American gospel singers to celebrate unity and diversity within St. Louis Park. Playwright Max Sparber who will produce his play Shaina, which tells the fictional story of a performer who spent her career on the margins of Yiddish performance in New York. World Without Genocide which will use film and personal written narratives to explore the causes and consequences of a rise in xenophobia as part of a larger project, Amidah: Muslims, Christians, and Jews Standing Up Against Hate.

Autumn 2016 Project Support Grant Recipients

Six projects were chosen for Rimon’s Autumn 2016 round of Project Support Grants. The projects cover a broad terrain of Jewish experience and art forms, ranging from a klezmer virtuoso and a farce about sitting shiva to a theatrical exploration of the prophet Elijah. Grantees included The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, playwright Alan Berks, Tolerance Minnesota (a program of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas), multimedia artist and musician Craig Harris and chamber music ensemble The Bakken Trio. To read the full press release, click here.

Rimon partners with Yachad students

Rimon recently partnered with teens from Yachad MN to produce unique work inspired by stories, music and discussion with Vietnamese musician and artist, Hoang thi Kim Chi, and instructor, David Feinberg.


Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council
Sabes Jewish Community Center
Jay and Rose Phillips Building
The Barry Family Campus
4330 South Cedar Lake Road
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55416

Phone: 952-381-3449
Email: rimon@sabesjcc.org

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Advisory Board

Board Members

Debra Fisher Goldstein, Chair
Maury Landsman, Vice Chair
Linda Passon-McNally, Secretary & Treasurer

Board Members
Frank Abramson
Robyn Awend
Judy Brier
Joel Carter

Suzanne Fenton
Michael Forstein
Phil Goldman
Siana Goodwin

Morrie Hartman

Darla Kashian

Ricka Kohnstamm
Ryan Lohr

Larry Pepper
Todd Sandler
Cantor Rachel Stock Spilker
Peter Sussman
Katherine Tane

Honorary Board Members
Barbara Camm
Mimi Fisher
Penny Galinson
Rani Halpern
Bonnie Heller
Judith Brin Ingber
Jay Isenberg
Andrea Lubov
Evan Maurer
Reva Rosenbloom
RuthAnn Weiss  z’’l


David Jordan Harris
Executive Director

Jordy Bomberg
Communications Associate

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