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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 »

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 »