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.

Who We Are

Who We Are

Welcome to Rimon – Building Community Through The Arts. We put artists in the center of the Jewish community – not on the margins – by:

  • Promoting and enhancing Jewish identity through arts and culture
  • Supporting arts and artists who broadly explore Jewish themes
  • Assisting the greater Jewish community in developing a collaborative involvement with the arts

Robyn Awend, Executive Director







What do the Podcasts say?

Rabbi Moss and Rimon’s founding director, David Harris, discuss the vital role that the arts play in the Jewish community and how Rimon helps Jewish artists find resources, audiences, and inspiration.

What do the artists say?

“Thanks so much for your faith in me. The Rimon grant really changed my life!”

What does the community say?

“Thank you for supporting the artistic expression of the indomitable human spirit. Injecting creativity into the community raises everyone’s morale and resolve…Art is a matter of public health.”

Advisory Board

Board Members


Janet Kampf, Chair

Frank Abramson, Vice Chair

Linda Passon-McNally, Secretary-Treasurer

Board Members

Judy Brier

Ben Cohen

Suzanne Fenton

Jonathan Gershberg

Phil Goldman

Morrie Hartman

Andrea Lubov

Alison Morse

Rabbi Tobias Moss

Max Orenstein

Larry Pepper

Michael Stanfield

Pamela Sulmer

Sam Weisberg

Honorary Board Members

Judith Brin Ingber

Barbara Camm

Mimi Fisher

Debra Fisher Goldstein

Penny Galinson

Rani Halpern

Bonnie Heller

Judith Brin Ingber

Jay Isenberg

Maury Landsman

Katherine Tane

Evan Maurer

Reva Rosenbloom  z’’l

RuthAnn Weiss  z’’l


Robyn Awend, Executive Director

Community builder and mixed-media artist Robyn Awend is a well-known figure in the Jewish arts community. Her passion for cultivating creativity has led her work in the Twin Cities Jewish non-profit arts community for the past fifteen years. Through the creation of innovative programs and synergistic partnerships, Robyn develops distinctive avenues for identity exploration and deep communal connections. 

Trained as a letterpress printer and curator, Robyn’s work has been exhibited and collected nationally by individuals and institutions. Her text based prints and mixed-media installations speak to societal and cultural influences that both confine and define who we are. 

Robyn is a recent Fellow at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and a founding member of Form + Content Gallery in Minneapolis. She served as the longest standing Rimon board member and shares her enthusiasm for the organization through her ongoing commitment to the Jewish arts community. 

Jordy Bomberg, Communications Associate

After studying English/World Literature and Painting at Pitzer College, Jordy Bomberg traveled to Israel to study Torah at Pardes Jewish Institute. While living in Tel Aviv she also worked with artists collecting artwork for Omanoot.com. When Jordy first moved to the Twin Cities she found her home and community at the Sabes JCC interning at the Tychman Shapiro Gallery and teaching yoga in the fitness center. She loves and takes pride in her Jewish community. You might find Jordy and her son playing baseball or basketball, skiing, or biking the greenway.

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