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Welcome Amanda Solomon, OJMCHE Museum and Holocaust Education Manager

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OJMCHE is pleased to introduce Amanda Solomon who is joining the museum’s education team as Museum and Holocaust Education Manager. Amanda recently received her Masters degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from Stockton University and is moving to Portland this month from the East Coast. Passionate about education, Amanda began her career as a middle school math teacher.  Click to continue »

Tour with Bruce Guenther

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R.B. Kitaj, A Jew, etc., etc. closes on September 30th. If you would like a behind the scenes look at the exhibition, you can watch a video of exhibition curator Bruce Guenther giving a tour. Click to continue »

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 »