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.


Welcome to Rimon. We put artists in the center of the Jewish community – not on the margins.

Project Support Grants

Rimon awarded ten Project Support grants in 2018-2019.These grants provide financial, marketing, and production support to projects that explore Jewish identity, history, or values through the arts.

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Deadline is Friday, March 27, 2020

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Project Support Grant Past Recipients

Spring 2019 Project Support Grant Recipients

Six projects were chosen for support in Rimon’s Spring 2019 grant round.

  1. Writer/producer Gail Rosenblum will produce a teaching curriculum to accompany her work-in-progress, MILKWEED, a feature-length animated film based on Jerry Spinelli’s young adult novel about the Holocaust.
  2. Sarah Myers will create story circles for Jewish and Muslim youth in the Twin Cities with collaborator Fardosa Hassan, exploring the commonalities between these two faith communities and confronting the stereotypes about them.
  3. Rebecca Heidenberg will produce a short experimental film that deals with issues around migration anchored in the narrative of philosopher Walter Benjamin’s escape from Nazi-occupied          France.
  4. Photographer Linda Brooks will publish her first monograph, PROXIMITIES, reflections on art, education, activism.
  5. Hineni will collaborate with artist Denise Tennen on Cheshbon HaNefesh on the Mississippi River: Preparation for Rosh Hashanah through Nature and Art at Crosby Farm Park in St. Paul.
  6. Theater director Carolyn Levy will collaborate with playwright Cynthia Cooper in doing research for the development of a play, I Was a Stranger, Too, about Jewish families who respond to the refugee crisis in a personal way.

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: 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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