Jewish Arts in the Twin Cities – April

March 31, 2017 | Filed in: News
Jump Cut: Bringing a Story to the Screen features filmmaker Michael Forstein and playwright Deborah Yarchun, as they investigate the fascinating art of telling a story in film at IFP-MN on Sunday, April 30 (2 p.m.). Tickets for this Rimon Artist Salon are available at 952-381-3449 or at

SPECIAL DEAL – Get a discount on any of the nine Jewish-interest films at the MSP International Film Festival in April by mentioning Rimon at the box office. This deal does not apply to online purchases. The films are profiled in this month’s e-guide. See below.

SAVE THE DATEP’Chotchka returns on Monday, June 5, 6 p.m., at the Metropolitan Ballroom. This entertaining, very popular benefit for Rimon is a fast-paced evening of art, food, and ideas, featuring eight outstanding artists whose work has received support by Rimon. Reserve your tickets at

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Saturday, April 1, 3 p.m. Check out the exquisite photographs by Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin at the opening of Nash Frame Design’s new gallery showroom in the Miller Textile Building (861 E Hennepin Ave, Mpls). The show runs through May 31. FFI:

Sunday, April 2, 10 a.m. The Yiddish Vinkl presents Passover Potpourri at the Sabes JCC (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls). Come listen, learn, sing and nosh before you start your own Pesach preparations! FFI:

Sunday, April 2, 10 a.m. The St. Paul JCC (1375 St. Paul Ave) screens Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter, Deborah Hoffman’s poignant, sometimes funny, account of coping with her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease. Rabbi Morris Allen and Dr. Richard Heinrich will lead a post-film discussion. FFI: 651-698-0751

Sunday, April 2, 2 p.m. St. Catherine’s University hosts an evening of musical magic with St. Louis Park native and Grammy-winning master guitarist Sharon Isbin and Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard. The concert takes place at O’Shaughnessy Auditorium (2004 Randolph Ave, St Paul). FFI:

Sunday, April 2, 3 p.m. The Minnetonka Choral Society’s spring concert, Springtime is Love, features “Five Hebrew Love Songs” by Eric Whitaker and Hila Plitmann based on Hebrew poems. The venue is Mount Calvary Lutheran Church (301 County Rd 19, Excelsior). FFI:

Monday, April 3, 7:30 p.m. Shaul Shenhav of Jerusalem’s Hebrew University visits Adath Jeshurun Congregation (10500 Hillside Ln W, Minnetonka) to discuss The Stories of Israel, based on a series of studies exploring storytelling strategies employed by Israeli leadership and national stories embraced by Israelis. FFI:

Monday, April 3, 9:30 p.m. Icehouse Mpls (2528 Nicollet Ave S, Mpls) kicks off Reichfest, a celebration of the influential minimalist composer Steve Reich’s 80th birthday. A set featuring Reich’s music will be played each Monday in April. FFI:

Tuesday, April 4. West Side Story, the musical masterpiece by Broadway legends Bernstein, Sondheim, Laurents and Robbins, opens at The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts (345 Washington St, St. Paul). The show runs through Apr. 16. FFI:

Friday, April 7, 6 p.m. If the soulful sound of the clarinet is the way you want to welcome Shabbat, head over to Temple Israel (2323 Emerson Ave S, Mpls) to listen to Alexander Fiterstein who will participate in the evening service. Fiterstein was born in Belarus, raised in Israel, and has recently lived in the Twin Cities, playing with the SPCO. FFI: 612-377-8680

Friday, April 7. The Edina Cinema (3911 W 50th St) opens its screening of In Search of Israeli Cuisine, an exploration of the Israeli people told through their food, profiling chefs, home cooks, vintners, and cheese-makers drawn from more than 100 cultures. Check with the theater for the length of the run. FFI:

Friday, April 7. The St. Paul JCC Gallery Walk (1375 St. Paul Ave) unveils Loss and Beauty: Creating Solace in a Land of Infinite Sorrow, featuring photographs by Keron Psillas. Layering photos of Holocaust sites, Psillas illustrates a conversation between fear, searching and sadness, showing the power of beauty and love to overcome darkness and evil. The show runs through June 1. FFI:

Friday, April 7. Featuring works from survivor Fritz Hirschberger’s Sur-Rational series found in the U of M’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies’ permanent collection, [Re]Telling pairs Hirchsberger’s paintings with newly commissioned works by local artists who deal with related matters. The show is on view at the Sabes JCC’s Tychman Shapiro Gallery (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls) through June 1. FFI:

Friday, April 7. The Sabes JCC’s Shared Walls (4330 Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls) displays works from Six Chairs: A Holocaust Survivor’s Story, an illustrated book produced by St. Paul artist Rowan Pope and students from Breck School. Six Chairs conveys 93-year-old Holocaust survivor Joe Grosnacht’s harrowing experience in numerous work camps and concentration camps. The opening reception is on Apr. 19 (6 p.m.), and the exhibit runs through June 1. FFI:

Friday, April 7. The Eiger Zaidenweber Holocaust Resource Center (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls) hosts Call & Response, an exhibition of student artwork as well as art from David Feinberg’s Voice to Vision project. The exhibit runs through June 1. FFI:

Saturday, April 8, 2:00 p.m. Don’t miss Eisner’s Klezmorim family concert at Augsburg Park Library (7100 Nicollet Ave, Richfield). FFI:

Saturday, April 8, 6 p.m. Enjoy a private concert of works by Chopin and other piano masterpieces performed by Loren Fishman at a benefit for the MN Sinfonia, An Evening of Music & Magic, hosted at the former Weequah Canoe Club (1492 E Shore Drive, St. Paul), now the home of Romi Slowiak and Bill Zajicek. FFI:

Saturday, April 8, 7 p.m. HeidiHouse (1916 S. 8th St., Mpls) presents The Blossoming Unknown — Great Stories, Music and Food!, featuring stories, music and food to celebrate rebirth, hope and the Pink April Moon, featuring Heidi Arneson, Amy Salloway, Jessica Zuehlke, and more. FFI:

Through April 8. Form + Content Gallery (210 N 2nd St #104, Mpls) brings to a close Patterns of Dialogue, an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Howard Oransky and Clarence Morgan. FFI:

Saturday, April 8. David Feinberg presents the newest installment of his project Voice to Vision in the exhibit Resilience and Resistance: The Boat People of Vietnam and Latin American Activists at Vine Arts Center (2637 27th Ave S, Mpls). The exhibit runs through April 29. FFI:

Sunday, April 9, 3 p.m. Share the beauty and joy of classical music with children of all ages at a family concert of the St. Paul JCC Symphony (1375 St. Paul Ave.). The musicians will play abbreviated versions of their favorite works from their 90th season’s repertoire. FFI:

Through April 9. Drop by the MPLS Photo Center (2400 N 2nd St, Mpls) for its latest show Wish You Were Here, featuring work by Linda Passon-McNally, among others. FFI:

Friday, April 14, 9:40 p.m. Alejandro Jodorowsky’s second autobiographical film, Endless Poetry, with his son Adan playing the director as a young poet screens at St. Anthony Main Theatre (115 SE Main St, Mpls) as part of the Mpls-St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF). Catch repeats on Apr. 18 and Apr. 19. FFI: Purchase tickets

Saturday, April 15, 11 a.m. MSPIFF’s 2017 Master Honoree is Frederick Wiseman, accomplished filmmaker, documentarian, and theatrical director. Head to St. Anthony Main Theatre (115 SE Main St, Mpls) to view his 2009 film La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet. Two more of his films can also be viewed at St. Anthony Main Theatre Boxing Gym (Apr. 19) and Crazy Horse (Apr. 26). FFI: Purchase tickets

Saturday, April 15, 7:40 p.m. Don’t miss the documentary film All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone, at once a warm reflection of muckraking journalist I. F. Stone and a blistering indictment of mainstream media that will make you question virtually every news source. The venue is St. Anthony Main Theatre (115 SE Main St, Mpls); additional screenings take place Apr. 18 and Apr. 27. FFI: Purchase tickets

Sunday, April 16, 10 a.m. A 12-year-old girl must help her mother care for her two younger sisters in France’s neutral zone after her father is arrested by the Nazis. When that becomes too dangerous, she is hidden away in Italy before being forced to flee to Switzerland. Fanny’s Journey screens at St. Anthony Main Theatre (115 SE Main St, Mpls) as part of the MSPIFF; repeat on Apr. 23. FFI: Purchase tickets

Sunday, April 16, 12 p.m. The MSPIFF screens In Between at St. Anthony Main Theatre (115 SE Main St, Mpls). This rollicking debut comedy by Maysaloun Hamoud follows Salma, Laila, and Nur, three women in Tel Aviv living life to the fullest and confronting society’s expectations. Catch repeat viewings Apr. 24 and Apr. 27. FFI: Purchase tickets

Through April 16. Artist Keren Kroul explores layered cut paper pieces in Topographies of Wonder, a continuation of her meditation on time and memory, at Bethel University’s Johnson Gallery (3900 Bethel Dr, St. Paul). FFI:

Wednesday, April 19, 2 p.m. Shipped to a concentration camp, Russian aristocrat Olga is forced into a life of sheer hell, but to her surprise, she crosses paths with high-ranking German SS officer Helmut who once fell madly in love with her and still harbors feelings for her. A stunning examination of the depths that people go through to survive, Paradise screens three times as part of the Int’l Film Fest at the Uptown Theatre (2906 Hennepin Ave, Mpls) and St. Anthony Main Theatre (115 SE Main St, Mpls). FFI: Purchase tickets

Wednesday, April 19, 9:50 p.m. Performed entirely in Yiddish, Menashe is the story of an orthodox Hasidic Jew in Brooklyn’s Borough Park, who hopes to prove himself a suitable man of faith and and a good father to his impressionable son following his wife’s death. Part of MSPIFF, this highly anticipated film plays at St. Anthony Main Theatre (115 SE Main St, Mpls); repeat Apr. 24. FFI: Purchase tickets

Thursday, April 20, 2:15 p.m. The Int’l Film Festival presents Austerlitz, a film that explores the phenomenon of “Holocaust tourism” by following several groups as they tour through the concentration camps of Dachau and Sachsenhausen. The venue is St. Anthony Main Theatre (115 SE Main St, Mpls); catch a repeat showing Apr. 26. FFI: Purchase tickets

Thursday, April 20, 4:40 p.m. A strict disciplinarian, Dr. Baruch Milch has raised two daughters who are now full grown in the late 1970s: Nana who is a brilliant liberal journalist, and the younger sister Sephi, an aspiring classical composer and singer. But when a Polish woman confronts Sephi after a concert in West Berlin and accuses her father of murder, the two women go on a quest to unearth some family secrets. Past Life (part of MSPIFF) screens at St. Anthony Main Theatre (115 SE Main St, Mpls); a repeat screening takes place Apr. 26. FFI: Purchase tickets

Thursday, April 20, 7:20 p.m. One Week and a Day is the story of Eyal, a grieving father who decides to retrieve his son’s medical marijuana to get properly stoned and turns to his neighbor’s son for a lesson in how to roll a joint. This Int’l Film Fest offering screens once more on Apr. 29 at St. Anthony Main Theatre (115 SE Main St, Mpls). FFI: Purchase tickets

Friday, April 21. Author Fred Amram speaks from the pulpit at Temple Israel, Duluth (1602 E 2nd St) on “A Holocaust Survivor Looks Back…And Forward”. Amram also reads from his memoir, We’re In America Now: A Survivor’s Stories, to the Temple Book Group on Apr. 23. FFI:

Saturday, April 22, 1:45 p.m. Beyond the Mountains and the Hills tells the story of a Lieutenant Colonel who, after finishing his stint in the Israeli army, takes a job at a dietary supplement company and falls under the tutelage of a morally corrupt salesman. The film screens at St. Anthony Main Theatre (115 SE Main St, Mpls) as part of MSPIFF; a repeat takes place on Apr. 25. FFI: Purchase tickets

Saturday, April 22, 4 p.m. David Feinberg’s ground-breaking project Voice to Vision turns its attention to Greek Holocaust survivor Esther Winthrop in a film documentary screening at Vine Arts Center (2637 27th Ave S, Mpls). FFI:

Saturday, April 22, 8 p.m. Wendy Kout’s We Are The Levinsons makes its world premiere at the Highland Park Community Center (1978 Ford Pkwy, St Paul). The play, which runs through May 14, tells the story of a family’s ability to revel in the artifacts and rituals that help us survive despite death, dysfunction and delusions. FFI:

Sunday, April 23, 10 a.m. The St. Paul JCC (1375 St. Paul Ave) screens Alive Inside, a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to re-awaken our souls. A post-film discussion will be led by Cantor Rachel Stock Spilker and veteran music therapist Jim Miller. FFI: 651-698-0751

Sunday, April 23, 3 p.m. The Musical Offering takes the stage at Hamline University’s Sundin Music Hall (1531 Hewitt Ave, St Paul) to perform Emigrés and Mentors, featuring the jazzy Parisian-American sound of Darius Milhaud among others. FFI:

Sunday, April 23, 7 p.m. The local Jewish community observes Yom HaShoah with The Theater of Witnesses, featuring local Holocaust survivors and teens from the Yachad program. The venue is Beth El Synagogue (5225 Barry St W, St. Louis Park). FFI:

Monday, April 24, 7:30 p.m. A lineup of favorite local songwriters and storytellers, including Amy Salloway and more, take over Edina Morningside Community Church (4201 Morningside Rd, Edina) to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Morningside After Dark series. FFI:

Monday, April 24, 7:30 p.m. Mark Bloom performs a benefit for the Chai-Light Chorus with well-regarded chanteuse Maud Hixson at Beth El Synagogue (5225 Barry St. W, St. Louis Park). FFI: 612-270-1705

Monday, April 24. In observance of Yom HaShoah, participate in the grand opening of Sandra Brick’s art exhibition, Lest We Forget, on view at the Duluth Art Institute (Historic Union Depot, 506 W Michigan St) through June 15. FFI: 218-733-7560

Tuesday, April 25, 4:50 p.m. Family secrets and generations of contemporary history are uncovered in Aida’s Secrets, an international story that begins with World War II and concludes with an emotional 21st century family reunion. This MSP Int’l Film Fest showing takes place at St. Anthony Main Theatre (115 SE Main St, Mpls) and is repeated on Apr. 29. FFI: Purchase tickets

Tuesday, April 25, 7:15 p.m. Life-long schemer Norman Oppenheimer is left without any meaningful income until one of his contacts surprisingly becomes the Prime Minister of Israel, giving him a brief and modest rise before culminating in a sudden fall when his blundering ways put him in the cross-hairs of the Israeli justice system. Catch the one-time presentation of Norman (part of MSPIFF) at St. Anthony Main Theatre (115 SE Main St, Mpls). FFI: Purchase tickets

Tuesday, April 25, 10 a.m. Illusion Theatre (528 Hennepin Ave N, Mpls) hosts a touring production of Tom Dugan’s Wiesenthal which brings to life the story of Simon Wiesenthal, the “Jewish James Bond,” who devoted his life to bringing more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice. The play runs through Apr. 30. FFI:

Wednesday, April 26. Yehudit Shendar, retired Museum Deputy Director and Senior Art Curator at Yad Vashem, gives a talk and virtual tour of Israel’s Holocaust memorial in Yad Vashem: Beyond the Museum at Influx Space, Regis Center for Art (405 21st Ave S). FFI:

Thursday, April 27, 7 p.m. The Jewish Book Series welcomes Rabbi Joseph Telushkin to the St. Paul JCC (1375 St. Paul Ave) for a presentation of his two new books — Why the Jews: The Reason for Antisemitism, the Most Accurate Predictor of Human Evil and Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, The Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History. FFI:

Friday, April 28, 1:30 p.m. Tracking Edith is the story of Edith Tudor-Hart, who lived a double life as a brilliant photographer and one of the most notorious spies for the Soviet Union. This MSPIFF screening takes place at St. Anthony Main Theatre (115 SE Main St, Mpls); an additional screening takes place Apr. 29. FFI: Purchase tickets

Sunday, April 30, 2 p.m. Filmmaker Michael Forstein (2016 recipient of a McKnight Media Artist Fellowship) explores the complex art of telling a story in film with playwright Deborah Yarchun — along with excerpts from Forstein’s critically-acclaimed short film Meat — at IFP-MN (550 Vandalia St #120, St. Paul). FFI:

Wednesday, May 3, 6 p.m. Don’t miss the opening reception for The Joy Of The Human Spirit, photographer Debra Fisher Goldstein’s favorite State Fair images at Jimmy Wilson Gallery (4304 Upton Ave S, Mpls). The show runs through May 31. FFI:

Saturday, May 6, 5:30 p.m. Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art (250 3rd Ave N, Mpls) invites all to an Open Studio to view new drawing, installation, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. This year 50-100% of the sale proceeds will be donated to the buyer’s choice of either the American Civil Liberties Union, (ACLU), Planned Parenthood, or the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Some of the artists include Harriet Bart, Perci Chester, Bette Globus Goodman, Bonnie Heller, Howard Oransky, and Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin. FFI:


1. The St. Paul JCC hosts Thoughtful Viewing: Beauty & Sadness, a Studio J Event, with a guided viewing of the Gallery Walk exhibit Loss And Beauty on Thursday, April 20, at 7 p.m. Participants will discuss the ways that our knowledge of tragic events informs how we look at photos. The tour will be followed by an opportunity for participants to create their own reflections. Participants must register by April 10. FFI:

2. The Sower Gallery at Shepherd of the Hill Church (145 Engler Blvd, Chaska) is hosting its first Biennial Spirit Show Invitation of The Sower Gallery from June 12 to September 15, 2017. Artists from all cultures, ethnicities and religious practices are invited to select or prepare suitable works to submit for display. The show’s aim is to include visions of the Spirit and the Sacred through divergent expressions. Applicants must submit JPEG images, updated Artist’s biography and statement by May 1. FFI:

3. Kol HaOt invites visual artists to apply for an artist-in-residency at our new center in the inspiring Chutzot HaYotzer Artists’ Colony, outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls. Kol HaOt is seeking visual artists who align with our organization’s mission to integrate Judaism’s rich sources and themes, and Jewish history, into their artistic works. Artists will have access to an inspiring, spacious studio space in this prestigious artists colony, for the duration of their residency. Artists are invited to use this residency to profoundly express the intersection of Jewish sources and heritage in their artwork and artistic vision, as well as be a part of the Kol HaOt initiative. Additional considerations in the selection of artists include: the quality of the artworks; the artist’s willingness to contribute to the Kol HaOt mission; and the significance of the studio space for the artist’s practice. FFI:

4. The American Guild of Judaic Art celebrates the rich diversity and sacred beauty of Judaic art around the world. Its goal is to establish a community for those who are inspired to fulfill the commandment of hiddur mitzvah by creating, collecting, and exhibiting Jewish art. The Guild hosts an artists roster of international talent and offers online educational opportunities. Among the artists whose work is featured at its website is Minnesota-based glass artist Claude Riedel. FFI:

5. Looking for a summer filled with fun in the sun? Do you want to make a difference in a child’s life? Camp Olami at the Sabes JCC is looking for qualified young men and women to serve as staff for the summer. Positions available: Junior Counselors (ages 16-18); Special Needs Advocates (age 18 and up); Senior Counselor (age 19 and up); Specialists (age 20 and up; in Arts & Crafts, Drama, Judaism, Sports & Games, Music, Garden) and Program Director (age 21 and up). Staff must be available Monday through Friday from June 12 to August 11 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.); some late nights and overnights are required, depending on assignment. Applicants should have previous experience working with children. Applications are available online. FFI: or

6. St. Mary’s University offers a Master’s in Arts and Cultural Management, offering flexible part-time or full-time options with evening and weekend courses available. Gain real-world knowledge and experience from faculty and guest speakers who work in the field. Classroom learning covers the full spectrum of responsibilities that confront those who work in the culture sector, from fund development and marketing to nonprofit legal issues. Move through the program with a cohort of fellow students and build a network of professional colleagues along the way. Courses include a long-term residency where students gain management-level experience in the Twin Cities arts community. FFI:

7. Do you know someone with a passion for the arts and Jewish culture? Someone who is eager to translate that passion into a career? If so, consider enrolling in George Washington University’s Master’s in Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts program, a unique degree program that brings together faculty from Museum Education and Judaic Studies to train the next generation of professionals in the growing field of Jewish arts and culture. Qualified applicants may also receive up to 85 percent tuition support with a grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation. FFI: or 202-994-6281

8. Masa Israel Journey connects Jewish young adults to gap year, study abroad, post-college, and volunteer programs. Some Masa Israel programs of note include the Rimon Music Experience, WUJS Israel Arts-Tel Aviv and Dance Jerusalem. Through these immersive experiences, lasting between five and twelve months, participants develop a deep, personal connection to Israel and Jewish life. FFI:

9. Springboard for the Arts’ Emergency Relief Fund exists to help cover unexpected emergency expenses due to loss from fire, theft, health emergency, or other catastrophic, career-threatening events. Artists who can demonstrate an artistic history and need, may access up to $500 to meet or defray such expenses. Payment is made directly to the creditor, not to the artist. FFI: 651-379-0871

10. The St. Paul JCC hosts a weekly class of Israeli folk dancing taught by master teacher Shira Schwartz. The class is open to both novice and expert every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. FFI: 651-255-4736

11. For those with little to no prior art experience but who wish to learn or perfect their techniques, join the Sabes JCC ongoing art class “Let’s Paint, Draw and Have Fun,” led by instructor Lou Kotlarz. The class meets every Monday at 10 a.m. FFI: 

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