News Archive

The Oregon Jewish Museum Has A New Home And A Big Dream

Posted on January 11, 2017

By 2015, the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education had a problem — the good kind of problem: It couldn’t accommodate the crowds that wanted to get into its exhibits and events. So it commissioned a study to see if it could afford a bigger building. Then director Judy Margles learned that the Museum for Contemporary Craft was closing its downtown Portland doors after 79 years. Click to continue »

The Importance of Holocaust Education During Turbulent Times

Posted on December 1, 2016

During OJMCHE’s closure, our Education team has been on the road. Holocaust Educator April Slabosheski and members of the Speakers’ Bureau have presented programs in over 40 schools, libraries and churches, led workshops, and offered guided tours of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial. Along with scheduled visits, OJMCHE is a quick response resource for schools that experience instances of hate speech—as recently happened at Lake Oswego High School. Click to continue »

Director's Statement

Posted on December 1, 2016

The current political climate may frighten and even numb us. But at OJMCHE we take it as an unfortunate affirmation of the work that we do and why that work matters now more than ever. Click to continue »

Holocaust Organizations, Scholars and Educators Sound Alarm on Surge in Hate Crimes

Posted on December 6, 2016

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education is among 90 institutions who are calling on lawmakers to condemn white nationalist groups and ask citizens to be vigilant. Among the 71 individuals who have signed the statement are two Portlanders – Sonia Marie Leikam, Holocaust educator and anti-genocide activist; and Professor Steven Wasserstrom, Department of Judaic Studies at Reed College. Click to continue »

The Jewish Oregon Story: 1950-2010, by Ellen Eisenberg

Posted on September 29, 2016

Thanks to all who came out for our recent book launch for The Jewish Oregon Story. If you missed the event, you can still get a copy of Ellen Eisenberg’s compelling and thoroughly researched account of the Jewish history in Oregon from 1950-2010, right here on the OJMCHE website. Click to continue »

OJMCHE Condemns Vandalism of Vera Katz Statue

Posted on September 22, 2016

The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education deplores the vandalism of the Vera Katz statue on the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade overnight yesterday, September 21st. Click to continue »