News Archive

Archive photos needed

Posted on January 23, 2019

The artifact and archives collections at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education document the experiences of Oregon Jews from our earliest history through today. We are the community repository for family, business, and institutional history, documenting Jewish life in Oregon through photographs, oral history interviews, artifacts, music, and written records. Did you know that in telling the history of Jews in Oregon the museum has over 700 oral histories and continues to add to our collection. But we need your help! At least a third of our oral histories have no photographs associated with them and we know the photos must be out there somewhere! Click to continue »


Welcome Shannon Fleischman

Posted on January 2, 2019

OJMCHE is pleased to welcome the newest member of the Education Team, Educator Shannon Fleischman. Click to continue »


Photography as remembrance and resistance

Posted on December 20, 2018

Together, Memory Unearthed at the Portland Art Museum and The Last Journey of the Jews of Lodz at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (OJMCHE) offer an extraordinarily rare glimpse of life inside the Lodz Ghetto through the lens of Polish Jewish photojournalist Henryk Ross (1910–1991). OJMCHE Director Judy Margles and PAM Curator of Photography Julia Dolan share their thoughts on the exhibitions in this video conversation. Click to continue »


Alter Wiener 1926-2018

Posted on December 12, 2018

We are deeply saddened by the sudden death of Alter Wiener, a Polish survivor of the Holocaust who in 1942 was incarcerated in the forced labor camp of Blechamer. Over the next three years he endured brutal conditions at Brande, Gross Masselwitz and Lettendorf. In September 1944 Alter was sent to Waldenburg, where he was liberated by the Russian Army in May 1945. Returning to Poland to see if any relatives had survived, he found only five cousins to be alive and 123 family members murdered.  Click to continue »


Story Swap 2019 Events

Posted on November 28, 2018

Everyone loves a good story and in 2019 with the help of storyteller Cassandra Sagan, Maggid-Educator, OJMCHE is going to be storytime headquarters. Cassandra will be working with community members from across cultural and social service agencies to polish their stories for sharing and the audience will also have the opportunity to share in an open mic segment. The series includes Immigration Stories, Family Stories, and Stories of Resistance. Click to continue »


Annual Report 2018

Posted on November 19, 2018

"What a pleasure to present our FY2018 annual report, encapsulating our first year on NW Davis. The year surpassed expectations: on a practical level we reached an audience of 30,000, which includes 16,000 students and educators; we expanded our collecting capabilities in the archives and artifact collection; we hosted a multitude of public programs – lectures, films, discussions, music, including the partnership with PSU on the talk by Yale historian Timothy Snyder; and we offered exhibitions of local, national and international significance." Click to continue »