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.

Hear from Executive Director, David Jordan Harris, how we directly support artists.

Artist Salon

Cutting Out Injustice: Revolution in Jewish Papercuts

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


Aaron Silver interprets contemporary life through papercuts that are rigorous, beautiful, and thought-provoking.

Drawing on Jewish texts, he energizes a traditional Jewish folk art that has often been viewed as simply decorative.

Freya Richman joins Aaron in conversation about the challenges of creating work that speaks to this moment in America.

Rimon has commissioned Aaron to create a new work which will be unveiled at the Salon.

Advanced reservations recommended!

General admission $12 (36 and under $6)


You’re Invited to P’Chotchka

Rimon supporters enjoying P’chotchka ’18

P’Chotchka – Rimon’s fast-paced evening of art, food, and ideas

Monday, June 3, 6-8 pm

at the Metropolitan Ballroom in Golden Valley

With 18 seconds per image, eight Rimon-supported artists from a wide array of disciplines talk briskly about 18 images apiece that inspire them.

 Reserve Sponsorships and Tickets Now

If you can’t come please consider donating

Tickets are $54 per person ($22 tax-deductible)

Sponsorships start at:

$250 (quarter-page ad, 2 tickets)

$500 (half-page ad, 2 tickets)

$1000 (full-page ad, 4 tickets)

Did you know 94 artists/institutions have received $182,000 since we began our Project Support Grants?

The mission of Rimon is to promote and enhance Jewish identity through arts and culture, to support arts and artists who broadly explore Jewish themes, and to assist the greater Minnesota Jewish community in developing a collaborative involvement with the arts.

Start your Application today for our Spring Grant – Deadline is March 22

Review Project Support Guidelines here

The Last Artist Salon of the Season:


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.

On a frigid Sunday afternoon in January, at the sunny Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis, Eli Libson, video game designer, cartoonist, and illustrator and artist Marty Harris joined in conversation about the rich history of Jewish illustrators and the use of guile as part of the cultural outsider’s toolkit at High-Brow/Low-Brow: An Illustrator Looks Askance at Art. 

Who gets to decide what is art?

High Brow/Low Brow Photos

photo credit Debra Fisher Goldstein

The Trail Forward, a work-in-progress by composer and multi-instrumentalist Lisa Gutkin, tells the story of 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.

The Trail Forward photos

photo credit Debra Fisher Goldstein


Noteworthy News

Autumn 2018 Project Support Grant Recipients

Four projects were chosen for Rimon’s support, including multiple theater productions and research for a book.

  1. The Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company will present the world premiere production of the play Shul by Sheldon Wolf in April and May of 2019.
  2. Harmony Theatre Company and School will tour its production Save a Child’s Heart throughout the Twin Cities metro area.
  3. Michael Kuhne will complete research and oral histories in preparation for writing a book with Vic Rosenthal on the stories behind Jewish Community Action’s organizing efforts in Minnesota.
  4. Uprooted will mount TRYmester: Jewish Fertility Journeys Out Loud, using music, theater, and dance, in a Twin Cities venue in 2019.

Spring 2018 Project Support Grant Recipients

Four projects spanning ethnomusicology, orchestral and choral performance, and video were selected for Rimon’s support.

  1. The Minnesota Sinfonia will produce an orchestral concert in October of 2018, featuring Israeli cellist Amit Peled playing repertoire from his program, “Jewish Journey.”
  2. Lior Shragg will travel to Zimbabwe to conduct research on the role of music in Jewish worship and practice in that culture. He will lead educational workshops in the Twin Cities on his return.
  3. Jeff Weinberg will do post-production work on a video documentary about David Feinberg’s ongoing Voice to Vision project. This episode focuses on survivors from the Holocaust and the Sudanese Civil War.
  4. The Twin Cities Jewish Chorale will research and perform a concert in December of 2018 exploring the Jewish roots of Leonard Bernstein’s life and music.

Autumn 2017 Project Support Grant Recipients

Four projects encompassing theater, music, and the visual arts were selected for Rimon’s support

  1. Z Puppets Rosenschnoz will research and develop a theatrical exploration of exile and diaspora from both Jewish and Cherokee vantage points. The production will premiere in spring of 2019.
  2. Kyna Levi will create The Chai Series, 18 visual midrashim on the concept of creation constructed from antique windows and using Jewish imagery and micrographic calligraphy.
  3. Illusion Theater will produce in February of 2018 the world premiere of David Feldshuh’s play, based on the story of Jewish boxing promoter Yussle Jacobs and his friendship with German boxer Max Schmeling.
  4. The St. Paul JCC will celebrate the 70th anniversary of Israel with performances in both St. Paul and Minneapolis by beloved Israeli singer Shuly Nathan.

Rimon named 1 of 50 Innovative Nonprofit Jewish Organizations - FIVE YEARS IN A ROW

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 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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