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

Congratulations to the 2023 Keren Or Contest Winners!

“Keren Or is a unique contest for teens, creating opportunities to explore creativity and sharing with the community a window into their personal lives. The work is powerful and thoughtful, steeped in narrative, complexity, and beauty. Each year we engage jurors from the local arts community to award prizes in each age category.” states Robyn Awend, Executive Director of Rimon. “I applaud every one of the Keren Or contributors, it wasn’t easy choosing the winners. It was a real privilege to experience their work and get to see the world through their eyes.” — Keren Or Judge


Keren Or (Ray of Light) is a creative arts contest for Jewish youth. Minnesota Jewish students in grades 7-12 are invited to submit original poetry, creative prose, and photographs. 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 Adath Jeshurun Congregation and USY and as a teenager wrote poems and short stories.

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 throughout TC Jewfolk.

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


View the winners and their work
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