News Archive

How Jewish Pioneers Helped Shape Oregon

Posted on October 2, 2017

“There’s no real appreciation in other parts of the country for how well developed the Jewish community is in Oregon,” says Rabbi Joshua Stampfer.

Travel Oregon just published an on line story that tells the story of Jews in Oregon. You can read the full story by continuing.  Click to continue »

Director's Statement

Posted on September 7, 2017

What a summer for us! Since we opened our doors in early June, over 4000 visitors from not just across the nation but from countries around the world—including Australia, Germany, Ireland, Iraq, Israel, and Japan to name a few—have toured our exhibitions. The opening of our new home received an incredible wave of media coverage in print, broadcast, and in online posts including a visit from the Wall Street Journal, coverage in a Japanese publication plus lots of love from our hometown media.

But we cannot rest on our successes, As aptly stated in a recent Oregonian article, “OJMCHE has matured immensely . . . and has now arrived on a deservedly larger public stage just as the political climate has drawn an ugly, jagged red line under the words ‘hate’ and ‘intolerance’ internationally.” The museum’s mission to educate has never been more important, especially as the political environment – national and international – continues to fracture. Click to continue »

Honoring Oregon Holocaust Survivors

Posted on July 31, 2017

We are grateful to announce that OJMCHE Speakers’ Bureau members Les and Eva Aigner’s biographies will be read into the Congressional Record by Senator Ron Wyden on August 9th, at 12:30pm, at Hazelbrook Middle School, 11300 SW Hazelbrook Road, Tualatin. Les and Eva are the first to have their stories read into the record as part of an effort by Senator Wyden to honor and preserve the memories and stories of Oregon survivors. You are warmly welcome and invited to join on this very important occasion. The Speakers' Bureau is comprised of Holocaust survivors, refugees and descendants who are trained to share their family stories with students and other groups. Click to continue »

Lefty's Cafe has its Own Page!

Posted on July 31, 2017

Lefty's Cafe has its own page on the website now. You can find general information as well as interviews with our partners. Our first interview was with Nossa Familia Coffee on July 17th.  Click to continue »

OJMCHE is Open in our New Home!

Posted on June 26, 2017

After a wonderful series of opening events OJMCHE is thrilled to be sharing our new home with visitors. In addition to all there is to explore in the galleries, Lefty's Cafe is getting rave reviews for the locally sourced fare that includes Jewish themed sandwiches, salads, and pastries—think egg salad on rye bread with a side of pickled beet salad, a chocolate egg cream, and a piece of rugelach. Thank you to everyone who supported us in our opening events. Click to continue »

Anneke Bloomfield Honored at “Song of Miriam” Awards Brunch

Posted on May 10, 2017

OJMCHE is thrilled that Anneke Bloomfield will be our 2017 Song of Miriam Awardee, honoring outstanding women volunteers. Anneke was born in 1935 in The Hague, The Netherlands. Between the ages of five and ten, Anneke spent the war in hiding, sometimes returning home only to have to leave again. Through all of her stays in different places, she was never told what was happening. Telling children the truth was too risky, in case they were captured and gave away information. After the war, Anneke moved first to Canada and then to the United States. Anneke has been a dedicated member of the Holocaust Speakers' Bureau for 17 years, traveling regularly through the state to share her story with thousands of schoolchildren and adults. Hearing Anneke speak is a critical part of many students' understanding of Holocaust history, allowing them to connect what they are learning with somebody who lived through it.

Please join us for the awards ceremony on Sunday, June 4, 10:00 at the MJCC. Click to continue »