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The Elaine K. and Norman Winik Mezuzah Collection
A Reflection of the Breadth and Depth of Jewish Art and History by Debra Shein

Posted on August 29, 2018

Gathered from all corners of the Jewish world, from Yemen to India and from Israel to Eastern Europe, the Elaine K. and Norman Winik Mezuzah Collection is a dazzling display of artistry that highlights the many ways the Jewish people have observed the simple command to “inscribe these words on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” They’re modern and traditional, made of filigreed silver, carved olive wood, ceramic, ivory, hand-blown glass, fabric, brass, clay. They’re embellished with a striking array of images drawn from Jewish iconography -- lions, crowns, arks, Torahs, Trees of Life, Magen Davids -- and resplendent with the richness of the world of nature figured in the form leaves, flowers, fruit, and birds. Click to continue »

Combating anti-Semitism with ice cream and storytelling

Posted on August 28, 2018

"The Jewish Project is a portrait of a Jew through ice cream and storytelling. I will weave personal stories of being a Jew with Jewish history and culture, exploring themes of identity, secularism vs traditionalism, the writings of Isaac Bashevic Singer and Abraham Joshua Heschel, plus some klezmer music too. The show includes 6 performances around the Portland metro area. Pairing storytelling with ice cream, I aim to combat the spread of anti-Semitism and share Judaism and Jewish culture with my fellow Oregonians." Click to continue »

Bunny and Muso—paintings by Ben Killen Rosenberg in the Museum Shop

Posted on August 13, 2018

"Bunny quickly became an ongoing subject of mine to draw and paint in his gestural and painterly poses. A true artist's model, Bunny can hold a pose for a good long time usually because he's asleep. He is an endearing personality, and a loveable guy. In late April after a long bout of pancreatitis, Muso passed away. On the day he died, Bunny lay almost on top of him purring like a living hot water bottle. Now, that's a good friend." Click to continue »

In Memoriam Jacob Tanzer

Posted on July 30, 2018

OJMCHE is deeply saddened by the death of former board member Jacob Tanzer and send our heartfelt condolences to his family.

In 1964, Jake was sent to Mississippi as a member of the Civil Rights Division that was investigating the deaths of three civil rights activists: Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner. This case, which would later become known as the Mississippi Burning case, became instrumental in the shaping of the Civil Rights movement, with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibited racial segregation and extended full voting rights to all US citizens of voting age. Click to continue »

Thank you to Oregon Arts Watch for the coverage on R.B. Kitaj, A Jew, Etc., Etc.

Posted on July 19, 2018

Thank you to Oregon Arts Watch for the coverage on R.B. Kitaj, A Jew, Etc., Etc.

A Diasporist, etc.,etc.
R.B. Kitaj's striking and memorable exhibition "A Jew, Etc., Etc." at the Oregon Jewish Museum splays open the experience of exile

"Last summer the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education celebrated the opening of its new home with a stunning exhibit, Grisha Bruskin’s ALEFBET: The Alphabet of Memory. In case anyone was wondering if such quality could see repeat performances, the answer is a resounding: Yes!

The current exhibit, R.B. Kitaj, A Jew, Etc., Etc., is a marvel in more ways than one. Smartly curated by Bruce Guenther, whose deep knowledge about and passion for the artist can be heard and felt during his exhibition tours, the art on display covers a wide range of Kitaj’s changing preoccupations. But it also brings home the underlying constant in his works since the 1970s, his identification as a Jew in the diaspora and his embrace of commentary, the historical means of keeping knowledge intact and learning alive for all Jews, no matter where." Click to continue »

Remarks From the Annual Members’ Meeting

Posted on June 26, 2018

At the OJMCHE Annual meeting on June 25, Judy Margles began her comments by extending her appreciation for the museum board, staff, docents, volunteers and interns. Her talk continued with a reflection of the museum’s first year on the NW Park Blocks: Click to continue »