News Archive


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 »

Smithsonian’s annual Museum Day

Posted on September 10, 2019

For the first time ever, The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education will participate in Smithsonian’s annual Museum Day, hosted on Saturday September 21, 2019. To celebrate museums, cultural centers, and even zoos, Smithsonian Magazine is offering free admission to locations across the 50 states. One ticket admits two guests. If you’ve been to OJMCHE before, bring a friend to show them around, and if you haven’t visited us, now you can come for free. Museum Day promotes a national understanding of access, equity and inclusion. More details are on To receive tickets for OJMCHE admission, visit their website. Click to continue »

Head of Education at OJMCHE leads workshops for Oregon teachers at Remember & Educate Symposium

Posted on September 4, 2019

Amanda Solomon, Manager of Museum and Holocaust Education at OJMCHE, led workshops at a Holocaust and Genocide Curriculum Symposium, hosted by Oregon State University at their downtown Portland campus on Thursday August 15. Speaking to educators from all over Oregon, Solomon began the day by recounting the journey of SB664, which requires genocide education. With new and long time educators attending the symposium, she shared guidelines for teaching about genocide and made clear how to shape the Holocaust narrative into one that highlights genocide as a global issue.  Click to continue »

New Staff Member: Gina Hartmann, Museum Shop Manager

Posted on August 27, 2019

Meet our new staff member Gina Hartmann! We sat down with Hartmann for a Q and A and talked about her role as the Museum Shop Manager. Read about her family’s history and her experience as a first generation American as well. Click to continue »

Different ways to support OJMCHE

Posted on August 25, 2019

Did you know you can support OJMCHE by using and when using your rewards card at Fred Meyers? Read more to find out how! Click to continue »

OJMCHE Receives Prestigious Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant To Support Upcoming Exhibition: TO BEAR WITNESS – EXTRAORDINARY LIVES

Posted on August 21, 2019

The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education has received grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, IMLS, for an important exhibition, TO BEAR WITNESS – EXTRAORDINARY LIVES. On view between October 8, 2020 and January 31, 2021 this new exhibition will capture, share, and preserve the stories of people from varied backgrounds who fled their homelands. Born in places as far-flung as Bosnia, Iraq, Rwanda, Sudan, Cambodia, Syria, and Central and Eastern Europe, these men and women, who have witnessed the horrors of war, genocide, famine, or the Holocaust, built new lives in Oregon. TO BEAR WITNESS – EXTRAORDINARY LIVES aligns with OJMCHE’s mission to challenge our visitors to resist indifference and discrimination and to envision a just and inclusive world. With support from IMLS, we will impart the powerful stories of survivors of the Holocaust and other refugees to Oregon with thousands of visitors. Click to continue »