News Archive

Don't miss our 2019 Fall Programming!

Posted on July 31, 2019

We have a robust schedule this fall that you won't want to miss out on. Read more for some highlights!  Click to continue »

Director Judy Margles featured on X-Ray FM's podcast Non-Profit Happy Hour

Posted on July 26, 2019

Director Judy Margles is featured on the seventh season of X-Ray FM’s podcast Non-Profit Happy Hour. Here she talks about Holocaust education in the current political climate and its relevance to the Oregon Jewish experience. She shares fun facts about Portland’s Jewish history (like the city’s first Jewish mayor) and digs deep into the universality of the museum’s mission. Non-Profit Happy Hour with host Phil Busse follows Portland’s city leaders and trends and airs weekly at 1:30pm on Fridays. Read more for the link to the interview! Click to continue »


Posted on July 17, 2019

Mati Agam, once a college freshman at the University of Southern California who ran a barber service from his dorm room, had the bright idea to place his hard earned money in this donation box, or tzedakah. He found the item at an event sponsored by the local Jewish Federation, and in looking at its inscription, “Six Million Lives, Six Million Names, Six Million Coins,” he was reminded of his grandfather who survived the war in Nazi-occupied Poland. The Tzedakah was donated to the museum by his mother Sami Oberlander.  Click to continue »

Bill Signing of SB664

Posted on July 20, 2019

What a historic morning! Governor Kate Brown signed SB664 which mandates Holocaust and genocide education in the state of Oregon at OJMCHE. She was surrounded by Survivors and both Jewish and non Jewish members of our community. We will have a Flickr album up soon with more photos. If you took any photos during the event, tag us in social media or email them to us! We’d love to see them. Read more for remarks from OJMCHE Director Judy Margles. Click to continue »

Naturalization Ceremony 2019

Posted on June 20, 2019

We were honored to host a naturalization ceremony on June 20th for World Refugee Day! 15 people from 9 countries are now US citizens. 

Read more for a poem by Kim Stafford that was read out by OJMCHE Director Judy Margles and remarks from Amy Herzfeld-Copple, Deputy Director of Programs and Strategic Initiatives, Western States Center. Click to continue »

Oregon Joins Lawsuit Against the Trump Administration’s Policy of Separating Parents and Children at the Border

Posted on June 19, 2019

Director Judy Margles was a declarant in a law suit against the Trump administration’s policy of separating parents and children. In part her statement said, “The Nazi practice of separating children from their parents at concentration camps—or, perhaps most infamously, at extermination camps such as Auschwitz—is painfully well-know to history and requires little elaboration here. The practice resulted in the separation of many thousands of families during the war, many of whom were never reunited. … As far back as the 2016 presidential campaign, people were making comparisons in the news and other avenues of public discourse between the rhetoric employed by then-candidate Trump and that employed by Nazi Germany. Although we recognized the parallels, we actually resisted the comparison quite strongly and for quite some time. In part, we were aware the comparisons to Nazi Germany are likely dismissed out of hand as hyperbolic or offensive.…That said, from my perspective as Director of OJMCHE, we are witnessing the federal government adopt and pursue a policy of slow dehumanization of others that has chilling parallels to the early years of the Nazi regime. In fact, between 1933 and 1945, the Nazis enacted approximately 450 laws intended to dehumanize Jews.” You can read more for Judy Margles’ entire declaration. Click to continue »