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Snaphot St. Louis Park: Let There Be Light

St. Louis Park's Rimon, the Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, hosts a "if-you-can't-stand-the heat" glass workshop that sheds lights on Jewish mysticism.

On Sunday, March 25, members of Rimon, the Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, located in St. Louis Park; Bet Shalom congregation of Minnetonka; and Shir Tikvah congregation of Minneapolis gathered at the Foci Minnesota Center for the Glass Arts to hear and watch Claude Riedel, one of the leading contemporary creators of the Ner Tamid (the Jewish ceremonial eternal light), speak with artist and legendary educator Aribert Munzner about Jewish mysticism and the art of sculpting glass, metal, and light.

Claude Riedel, whose family includes members lost in the Holocaust, creates his light-bearing art to reflect back to the viewer his or her own inner light.

Riedel's spirit, his generous handshake, and the warmth of the Foci welcome (and ovens) leave one's soul singing the old gospel adage, "This little light of mine; I'm going to let it shine."

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Steve Voiles April 09, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Nice story. A little short. Leave us wanting more information. Beautiful stuff. Steve V

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