Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council

Rimon builds community through the arts by raising the visibility of artists who broadly explore Jewish themes; enhancing Jewish identity through arts and culture; and promoting a collaborative, art-centered Jewish community.

Keren Or


Keren Or (Ray of Light) celebrates is 20th annual creative arts contest for Jewish youth!

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 jurors from the local arts community are asked to review the works and award prizes in each age category. Over 200 teens have won prizes since the contest began.

May 5, 2024, marked the 20th anniversary of the Keren Or Teen Arts Contest. Winners in six categories were presented with their awards for creative achievement in the arts.

The dedication and commitment to this project from the 2024 judges: Debra Fisher Goldstein and Ian Aizman for photography, and Diane Pecoraro and Suzanne Fenton, for prose and poetry, were much appreciated.

David Siegel, Karen’s (z”l) brother and founding member, and Ian Aizman, past Keren Or winner, professional photographer, and one of this year’s photography judges, spoke at the event. Following the presentation of the awards, two of the young poets shared their work with a brief discussion about the artistic process.

Winning photographs will be displayed at the Barry Family Campus outside the Tychman Shapiro Gallery during the month of May.

As we look toward the next 20 years of the Keren Or program, we hope to expand the program beyond a contest to include opportunities for the teens to come together to experience and discuss art with local artists in our community.

Read more here: https://www.ajwnews.com/keren-or-20-years/


Read more here:https://tcjewfolk.com/2024/04/25/keren-or-celebrating-milestone-with-20th-year-of-teen-arts-contest/

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

Minnesota Jewish students in grades 7-12 are invited to submit original poetry, creative prose, and photographs. All submissions must be submitted using the online forms provided at www.kerenorcontest.org 

Read the 2024 Winners’ Poetry & Prose


View the the 2024 Photography Winners on Instagram


View the the 2024 Photography Winners on Facebook


View past winners and their work
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