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The Jewish Arts Council Celebrates Hanukkah

Mixing business with pleasure, the board members of Rimon honor tradition while planning for tomorrow.

Rimon, the Jewish Arts Council, is an initiative of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, and is located in the in St. Louis Park.

Rimon means "pomegranate" in Hebrew, and the organization serves to "seed and nourish" the community with the arts, both Jewish and Jewish-themed, through artist grants, collaboration with other arts organizations, and outreach programs, including an Artist Salon Series.

Rimon recently won the recognition of Slingshot, an national organization that annually honors and promotes the Top-50 most innovative Jewish organizations in North America.

Rimon was selected for this list, according to Executive Director David J. Harris, "because of its resourcefulness in creating opportunities, programs, and collaborations that place the arts in the center of the community’s life rather than at its margins."

More than 200 artists working in all disciplines and institutions (Jewish and non-Jewish) have benefited from Rimon’s multi-faceted support.

Who would have known that this little powerhouse of a St. Louis Park organization, whose members reside in St. Louis Park, Minneapolis and St. Paul, could pack such a punch?

Much like the story of Hanukkah itself, where a day's worth of oil created light for eight days, Rimon hopes to light the community with the arts for a long time to come.

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