News Archive

OJMCHE 2019 Impact Report

Posted on December 4, 2019

As the museum looks back on 2019, we are pleased to share some of the highlights from the past year as well as taking a peek at what is coming up. Our mission drives us to teach our audiences this singular lesson: that we “minorities” are not isolated cases; that we have a responsibility to one another, and that indifference, passivity, and inaction to justice can result in public disaster. In short: despite these turbulent times, our work at the museum is life affirming and gratifying. As always, we give a heartfelt thanks for the support of our amazing community. Click to continue »

Looking for Interviewers for Oral History Program

Posted on October 31, 2019

The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education has an active oral history program. Interviewers collect dozens of new stories each year, transcribers type them, and these stories are among the most important holdings in the museum’s archives. They are in constant demand by researchers, scholars, teachers, students and family members. They are part of the museum’s exhibition program. And most importantly, they are the collective, first –person narrative history of the Jews of Oregon.

Do you want to become part of that history? We are taking applications right now for a few new interviewers. Click to continue »

New exhibition coming to our hallway gallery!

Posted on October 30, 2019

Coming to the hallway gallery this fall is an intimate display of a Jewish soldier’s life overseas. The exhibit will feature letters written by Bill Rosenbaum to his wife Goldie, as well as photographs Bill captured throughout his stations in England, France, and Germany between 1943 and 1945. Click to continue »

Oregon Holocaust Memorial Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Posted on September 25, 2019

Six Oregonian women — five of them Holocaust survivors and one the daughter of a survivor — gathered in 1994 to discuss creating a Holocaust memorial in Portland. It would honor all their lost family members and also the multitude of others who had suffered profoundly and were robbed of life during that horrific time. Because these millions had perished and had no final resting place, this would provide a visible monument where people could go to pay tribute. As voiced by survivor Eva Aigner, “We never had a place to go to remember. The memorial would be a place to go to think about them and reflect.” Click to continue »

Leonard Bernstein at 100

Posted on September 18, 2019

Visit OJMCHE this fall season and check out a wide range of events related to our exhibition, Leonard Bernstein at 100. Aside from featuring Bernstein’s piano, scores, and other personal items from his work on West Side Story, the museum is hosting musical programs in conjunction with the exhibition. Back to back on October 22 and October 23 at 7-9pm, OJMCHE will welcome the 45th Parallel Universe to play chamber music from Bernstein’s early years. Following their performance, the Bravo Youth Orchestra will perform at OJMCHE for one day only on November 10 at 2pm. Our final event, “A Talk with Jamie Bernstein”, features Bernstein's daughter as she discusses her recent memoir Famous Father Girl. Jamie Bernstein is a writer, narrator, broadcaster and filmmaker who has transformed a lifetime of loving music into a career of sharing her knowledge and excitement with others. This event is supported by the Mittleman Jewish Community Center and Institute for Judaic Studies in conjunction with Portland Jewish Book Month. Visit our calendar for all event and ticketing information. Click to continue »


Posted on September 15, 2019

Check out the museum’s newest intercultural space and community led project, the LAB. Developed by Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos), the LAB activates conversation and leaves passivity at the door. With careful deliberation and thoughtful planning, the space came to fruition this summer in 2019. Director of OJMCHE, Judy Margles, dreamt of the space and its potential for community involvement once the museum changed locations in 2017. She hopes the room will center itself around conversation, interaction and resistance, following simple ground rules on inclusivity.  Click to continue »