There’s an eclectic nature to south Minneapolis’ Jewish community that has led a group of artists and artisans in the area to conclude that they were living in a shtetl of sorts, which resulted in this summer’s Southside Shtetl event. It went so well, the organizers are reprising it for an evening of art and music.
The Southside Shtetl Chanukah Market will be at the Black Forest Inn on Sunday, Nov. 27 from 5-8 p.m. It will feature community Klezmer music, Jewish jewelry, handmade yarmulkes, Shabbat candles, ceramic tzedakah boxes, radical Jewish zines, Turkish coffee ground readings, ritual items, and more. The event will also we will be raising tzedakah for abortion justice organizations Indigenous Women Rising, Spiral Collective, and Our Justice MN. Masks will be required for those attending the event.
“We just had no idea what to expect,” said Miriam Khanan, one of the trio of organizers along with Mia Freiberg and Z Kaplan, of the summer event. “I knew my nice group of queer, trans, leftist Jews would be into it, but I wasn’t sure if would extend beyond that. But there was a demand and hunger for thriving Jewish life that isn’t at a synagogue, but isn’t entirely secular either.”
Khanan said that many people at the August event, which was outdoors, said they were artists and wanted to get involved in the next one. This time, being indoors, there is a limit on how many artists can be there to display their wares.
“We had a really hard time deciding who wanted to be a part of this event because we were unfortunately limited by the space,” said Kaplan, who was awarded a grant from Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council which helped to go towards securing the space and other parts of the project. Kaplan said that a Google Form was established for artists to apply to be a part of this event.
“We asked artists to describe themselves and describe their work and how their work connects to Judaism,” Kaplan said. “There are a lot of Jewish makers in the city, but there are not as many people who are explicitly making Judaica or explicitly making work that has Jewish symbols on it.
“There are other people who, while their Jewish values were going into their work, you don’t see that it is explicitly Jewish. It’s really hard to say no to people.”
Khanan and Kaplan both said that one of the vendors they are really excited about is a man named Stu, who is retired and handcrafts wooden dreidels. Another is Ricardo Levins Morales, a Puerto Rican Jew who uses art as a political organizing tool.
“There is good stuff in the Jewish community,” Khanan said. “We’re creating community outside the bounds of community. I want to be part of building a thriving, diasporic Jewish community. We’re working to be in relationship with others and that feels sacred and feels like what Jews in the diaspora have been doing for centuries.”
I would really like to get a table to sell my Jewish-themed books. How do I get in on this? Am I too late?
How can I get a table at this event, or am I too late? I have Jewish-themed books to sell.
I have the same question–is it too late to get a table? I write Jewish children’s books.
This sounds so great. I wish I had known about it! I make personalized menorahs They are one of a kind and made to order.
Well maybe next year…
Mask up for abortion rights…
A shonda for the goyim as my bubbe used to say
Immoderate moderators here refuse to post comments…
The hard extreme left bias of this site certainly does not represent all of the Jewish community, but you only post comments from those who are of the extreme left, sad how censorship has become the norm from those on the left
Abortion rights/medical care = “hard extreme left”?
61% of Americans, including regular Dems and even some Republicans, are pro-choice. 56% of US Catholics are pro-choice. How many Catholics do you know who’d qualify as “hard extreme left”?
The vast majority of Europe allows abortion up to 12 weeks. Is *Europe* hard extreme left? Is the UK?
It’s not hard extreme *anything* if the majority of people agree with it.
Say it with me folks: separation of church/synagogue and state.
Sorry to have missed the Nov. 27 Hanukah market. Hope you are able to do another pop-up soon.