News Archive

Jakob Kryszek
September 15, 1918 – May 15, 2019

Posted on May 16, 2019

OJMCHE mourns the loss of our dear friend Jakob Kryszek, who died Wednesday, May 15, at age 100. Jake was born in Lodz, Poland, in 1918, the son of a religious teacher and a seamstress. After the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, he sought work to get extra rations, and soon was helping to build the Autobahn and ammunition factories in Germany. Jake survived the Second World War, despite five concentration camps and a shattered leg. He was the only one left in his family. Click to continue »


Announcing the 2019 Sala Kryszek Art & Writing Competition Grand Prize Winners!

Posted on April 24, 2019

OJMCHE is proud to announce that judging has ended for this year’s Sala Kryszek Art & Writing Competition. Last week, judging teams were busy with 170 writing entries and 68 art entries. The quality of the entries made the deliberations difficult and judges in all categories expressed their appreciation for students’ thoughtful submissions.  Click to continue »


What’s New at the Museum Shop?
A Visit with Mariel Pitti, Museum Shop Manager by Debra Shein

Posted on April 8, 2019

Have you stopped in lately to look over the unique selection of offerings at the OJMCHE Museum Shop? Since moving to our new location in 2017, we’ve expanded to become a distinctive, destination-shopping location. Whether you’re looking for just the right item for Passover or other holidays, for a special occasion, or just to treat yourself with a gift, the OJMCHE Museum Shop has something for you.

Shop Manager Mariel Pitti (formerly the Director of the Gallery Store of the Museum of Contemporary Craft when it was in the space now occupied by OJMCHE) has made it her goal to bring together an exceptional collection of work by local and internationally-known Jewish artists along with exhibit-themed items and a wide variety of books and Judaica.  Click to continue »


Women's History Month

Posted on March 30, 2019

Throughout the month of March, we highlighted different women from our archives on social media thanks to our Archivist Alisha Babbstein. Read more to see all of them in one place! Click to continue »


OJMCHE’s Places of Remembrance

Posted on February 25, 2019

Check out how one teacher used OJMCHE’s Places of Remembrance activity in her classroom!

If you’re interested in learning how to lead this activity in your classroom, sign up for the training. Lewis and Clark’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling is organizing a Places of Remembrance Teacher Training at OJMCHE on April 23, 2019 from 5:30 - 7:30pm.

Facilitated by an OJMCHE educator, teacher will have the opportunity to read through 80 anti-Jewish decrees that were passed, engage in conversations about the possible reasons behind the legislation and the subsequent social effects, and examine how these processes compare and differ in the United States today.  Click to continue »


A Big Day for Education

Posted on 2/20/2019

Wednesday, 2/20 was a big day for education in Oregon as a bill to mandate Holocaust and genocide curriculum had its first hearing in the Senate. OJMCHE thanks the many supporters of this effort, which is spearheaded by Senator Rob Wagner. Along with OJMCHE Director Judy Margles and Amanda Solomon, Manager of Museum and Holocaust Education, testimony was presented by Les and Eva Aigner, Holocaust survivors and members of OJMCHE’s Speaker’s Bureau. The passing of the bill would make Oregon the 11th state to mandate Holocaust and genocide education.  Click to continue »