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.

Keren Or

Keren Or (Ray of Light) is a creative arts forum for Minnesota’s Jewish teens

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.

Prizes in each category are awarded to two separate groups:  students in grades 7-9 and grades 10-12. The prizes are $100 for first place, $50 for second and third places, and $36 for Honorable Mention. Over 150 teens have won prizes since the contest began.

Winning entries will be published at the Keren Or website and in a special supplement to The American Jewish World in May, 2021.

Watch the May 9, 2021 Keren Or awards ceremony

Keren Or was founded in 2004 by Jerry and Eileen Siegel (z’’l) to honor the memory of their daughter, Karen Siegel-Jacobs. Siegel-Jacobs grew up in Minneapolis and attended the Minneapolis Talmud Torah. She was an active member of AdathJeshurun Congregation and USY and as a teenager wrote poems and short stories.

Keren Or is managed by Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council (an initiative of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation) and is funded by the Karen Siegel-Jacobs Fund at the Adath Jeshurun Foundation.

For additional information and contest rules, visit www.kerenorcontest.org or call 952-381-3449


2021 Winners

AJW insert

2020 Winners

Check out the winners of Rimon’s annual Keren Or contest for Minnesota’s Jewish teens in a special insert of the American Jewish World. The categories are photography, creative prose, and poetry. This is the 16th edition of the contest that was created in memory of Karen Siegel-Jacobs by her late loving parents, Jerry and Eileen Siegel (z’’l).


For information about the contest, the students, and winning entries from this year and previous years, visit www.kerenorcontest.org

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