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David Siegel and the 2017 Keren Or Contest winners.

Keren Or
Annual Contest Awards Ceremony
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Sabes JCC
2018 Keren Or Awards Ceremony

Keren Or (Ray of Light) is a creative arts contest for Minnesota’s Jewish teens. The contest, now in its fourteenth year, was founded in 2004 by Gerald and Eileen Siegel (z’’l) to honor the memory of their daughter, Karen Siegel-Jacobs, who died in 2001 at the age of 40. Its goal is to showcase and encourage the artistic talents of Jewish youth in grades seven through twelve.

The contest is managed by Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council and has become a much-anticipated community celebration of artistic achievement. This past year 61 teens participated, submitting a record number of 191 poems, photographs, and pieces of creative prose to Keren Or. The participants represented fifteen schools throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area and beyond. Also represented were thirteen Twin Cities synagogues (Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Orthodox) as well as unaffiliated families.

Cash prizes were awarded in the categories of prose, poetry, and photography for students in grades 7-9 and grades 10-12. First-place winners received $100. Second- and third-place winners received $50. The winning work will be on display in the lobby gallery of the Sabes JCC (May 6-June 10) as well as at the Keren Or website. A public awards ceremony at the Sabes JCC will take place on Sunday, May 6 (2 pm) and is open to everyone.

This year’s contest judges were Judy Brier, Heidi Schneider, and Robert Wolk for written work; and Robyn Awend, David Sherman, and Linda Passon-McNally for photography.

Siegel-Jacobs (z’’l) grew up in Minneapolis, attended the Minneapolis Talmud Torah, and was an active member of Adath Jeshurun Congregation and USY. As a teenager she wrote poems and short stories.

For information about the contest, the students, and winning entries from this year and previous years, visit www.kerenorcontest.org.

Rimon is an initiative of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation.

2017 Keren Or Awards Ceremony

 

Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council and David Siegel hosted the 13th annual Keren Or contest awards ceremony at the Sabes JCC in Minneapolis.

Sixty participants from thirteen schools and thirteen synagogues (as well as teens from unaffiliated homes) submitted a record number of 182 poems, photographs, and pieces of creative prose. Contest winners received cash prizes, and their winning pieces were featured in a special newspaper supplement sponsored by the American Jewish World and Lerner Publishing. The winning photographs were also exhibited at the Sabes JCC during April and May.

Contest judges were Noah Mass, Heidi Schneider, and Robert Wolk for written work, and Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin, Linda Passon-McNally, and Robyn Awend for photography.


2016 Keren Or Awards Ceremony

 

Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council and Keren Or co-founder Eileen Siegel (z’’l) hosted the Keren Or Twelfth Annual Contest Awards Ceremony at the Sabes JCC in Minneapolis, MN.

A record number of 68 participants from 20 schools and 11 synagogues submitted 176 pieces of writing or photos. The teens’ educational backgrounds have never been more diverse, including home-schooling, public and private schools.  Contest winners received cash prizes, and their winning pieces were featured in a special full-color supplement sponsored by the American Jewish World and by Harry and Sandy Lerner.

Contest judges were Judy Brier, Heidi Schneider, and Robert Wolk for written work, and Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin, Maury Landsman, and Debra Fisher Goldstein for photography.


2015 Keren Or Awards Ceremony
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Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council and Keren Or co-founder Eileen Siegel (z’’l) hosted the Keren Or Eleventh Annual Contest Awards Ceremony at the Sabes JCC in Minneapolis, MN.

42 participants from 15 schools and 12 synagogues submitted 122 pieces of writing or photos. The teens’ educational backgrounds included both public and private schools from throughout the entire Twin Cities.  Contest winners received cash prizes, and their winning pieces were featured in a special full-color supplement sponsored by the American Jewish World and by Harry and Sandy Lerner.

Contest judges were Judy Brier, Heidi Schneider, and Robert Wolk for written work, and Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin, Maury Landsman, and Debra Fisher Goldstein for photography.


2014 Keren Or Awards Ceremony
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On Sunday, April 27, 2014, Keren Or celebrated its tenth anniversary.
Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council and Keren Or founders Gerald and Eileen Siegel (z”l) hosted the Keren Or Tenth Annual Contest Awards Ceremony at the Sabes JCC in St. Louis Park, MN.
51 participants from 23 schools and 12 synagogues submitted 156 pieces of writing or photos. The winners represented 15 schools and 8 synagogues (as well as students who are unaffiliated). Contest winners received cash prizes, and their winning pieces were featured in the Tychman Shapiro Gallery in an exhibit titled Keren Or: A Decade of Writing and Photography. In addition, they had the honor of having their work published on this website and in a special full-color supplement sponsored by the American Jewish World and by Harry and Sandy Lerner.
Contest judges were Julie Landsman, Judy Brier, and Robert Wolk for written work, and Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin, Maury Landsman, and Debra Fisher Goldstein for photography.