News Archive

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 »

The Elaine K. and Norman Winik Mezuzah Collection
A Reflection of the Breadth and Depth of Jewish Art and History

Posted on June 18, 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.

The extensive collection, now premiering at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (OJMCHE), contains 169 mezuzahs from the 19th and 20th centuries (120 currently on display) hunted down by the Winiks on travels all over the globe, including 90 visits to Israel. Elaine, who passed away in 2017 at the age of 94, had a passionate commitment to the Jewish people and distinguished herself as the first female president of the United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York. Norman, who passed away at the age of 87 in 2009, was a graduate of Yale and served as a captain in the Marine Corps during WWII. Together they amassed a trove of distinctive mezuzahs that represent the breadth and depth of Jewish art and history. “Wherever we traveled,” Elaine wrote, “we tried to find a mezuzah made by a Jew from each country.” Click to continue »