Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council

Rimon (ri-MṐN) 1. Hebrew for pomegranate 2. Ancient symbol of fruitfulness and abundant good deeds 3. The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council founded in 1995.

Artist Salons

Dialogue with the Divine: Galeet Dardashti on Piyutim, Judaism’s Sacred Song and Poetry

The Rimon Artist Salon Series opened its 16th season on November 13, 7 p.m. with “Dialogue with the Divine: Galeet Dardashti on Piyutim, Judaism’s Sacred Song and Poetry” at Mount Zion Temple (1300 Summit Avenue, St. Paul). Musician David Jordan Harris joined vocalist and scholar Dardashti in conversation about the power of piyutim to immerse its participants in soulful encounter with a musical tradition both ancient and contemporary.

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Anthropologist/vocalist/composer Galeet Dardashti has earned a reputation as a trail-blazing performer, scholar, educator, and advocate of Middle Eastern and North African Jewish culture. As a performer, Dardashti is the first woman to continue her family’s tradition of distinguished Persian and Jewish musicianship. She is widely known as leader/founder of the renowned all-woman Middle Eastern Jewish ensemble Divahn. Dardashti’s publications examine Israeli music/media and Mizrahi cultural politics. She is currently writing a book on the Mizrahi piyyut (sacred song) phenomenon in Israel. Dardashti has held postdoctoral fellowships at NYU and Rutgers and was Assistant Professor at JTS in Manhattan. She is currently Visiting Professor at New York University’s Taub Center for Israel Studies.

Musician and writer David Jordan Harris is Artistic Director and co-founder of the performance ensemble Voices of Sepharad. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he is the interfaith arts special consultant at the Jay Phillips Center for Interreligious Studies at the University of St. Thomas. Integrating his skills a singer, actor, and dancer, David has appeared as guest artist with many ensembles, including Zorongo Flamenco, Katha Dance Theatre, Corning Dances and Company, Illusion Theater, North Star Opera, Rose Ensemble, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Lyra Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Espaῆol, and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. David was the founding Music Director of Shir Tikvah Congregation where he led music for 21 years and founding Executive Director of Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council.

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The Rimon Artist Salons have been called “one of the leading series of Jewish events in the country.” Since 2007, Salons have investigated dance, photography, slam poetry, popular music, puppetry, glass arts, fiction, papercutting, multimedia installation, film, architecture, theater, painting, video, and non-fiction.

The Rimon Artist Salon Series is funded by gifts from Bruce Goodman, the Oren and Sharron Steinfeldt Foundation, and a gift in memory of David Tychman – an avid supporter of the arts, much missed by his family.

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