Talks

Our museum auditorium seats 55 and though we make every effort to accommodate walk-ins, sometimes we are unable to seat everyone.  

For paid programs it is strongly advised to order tickets early online. Some free programs require an RSVP and some are available on a first-come, first-served basis without an RSVP. Check with the event page for current information.

Doors open to the public a half hour before a program begins.


Breaking the Silence – Stories of Courage from our Elders

Tuesday, May 3, 7:00pm with light reception before in lobby
Location: Mediatheque Theater at Pacific Northwest College of Art, 511 NW Broadway, Portland, OR 97209
Cost: Free to the Public, RSVP encouraged

Four speakers will talk about their lives during and after the Second World War. Moderated by Linda Tamura of Willamette University, the conversation will focus on the role storytelling plays in the healing process after trauma. The panelists will connect their experiences with the war and their later decisions to begin public speaking. more »

Community Discussion: The Ethics of Photography

Thursday, May 12, 6:30-8:00pm
Location: Newspace Center for Photography, 1632 SE 10th Ave.
Free to the Public

The question of photographers’ responsibility to their subjects has long been debated throughout the history of the medium. On May 12, we will discuss the relationship, motives and nuances between the image-producer and subject through presentations by photographers who have documented communities other than their own. more »

How the Jews of America Saved Some of the Jews of Europe During the Shoah: The Story of the JDC

Tuesday, June 7, 7:00pm
At Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219
Free to the Public

What did the Jews of America really do to help the Jews of Europe during the Shoah? The story of how a leading American Jewish organization, the Joint Distribution Committee, acting on behalf of the American Jewish community, saved thousands and thousands of European Jews from the rise of Hitler through the Shoah and beyond. more »

Chasing Portraits

Tuesday, September 6, 7:30pm
Location: Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St., Portland

Elizabeth Rynecki, author of 'Chasing Portraits, A Great Granddaughter’s Quest for her Lost Art Legacy' will have a conversation with Judith Margles, OJMCHE Director at Powell's Bookstore.
Rynecki's book is a memoir of one woman's emotional quest to find the art of her Polish-Jewish great-grandfather, lost during World War II. more »