News Archive

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 »

Keynote Remarks from Naturalization Ceremony on World Refugee Day

Posted on June 20, 2018

Keynote remarks from Sankar Raman at the Naturalization Ceremony in honor of World Refugee Day.

Sankar Raman came to the United States to pursue higher education and has remained ever since. He has two master’s degrees as well as a Ph.D. in science and engineering from Purdue University in Indiana. (From India to Indiana!) After graduation, he worked for Purdue University as well as Georgia Tech in Atlanta before joining Intel Corporation. He had a successful career at Intel as an engineering manager and Strategic Business and Program manager before retiring. He now volunteers as publisher and president of the board of The Immigrant Story, a nonprofit that he founded in order to provide a platform for immigrant voices. Click to continue »

Director's Statement

Posted on June 20, 2018

Today, for the second year, OJMCHE hosted a naturalization ceremony for ten new citizens. We were honored to host the event and to welcome these new citizens to our community. The event had many poignant and beautiful moments and brought delight to all of us in the room.

Today, fittingly, is also World Refugee Day. On this day the United Nations, United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and numerous civic groups around the world hold events to draw attention to the millions of refugees and Internally displaced persons worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes due to war, conflict and persecution. Click to continue »