News Archive

Exhibition Tours

Posted on October 24, 2017

OJMCHE invites you to join us for exhibition tours on Wednesdays and Sundays at 1pm. Tours are led by museum staff or trained docents and include our core exhibitions as well as the national and international exhibitions featured in the first floor galleries. Watch for special tours of I AM THIS: Art by Oregon Jewish Artists led by Guest Curator Bruce Guenther. Come early and enjoy lunch in Lefty's Cafe or shop at the Ron Tonkin Family Gift Shop, where you will find catalogues of work by many artists represented in I AM THISClick to continue »

Is There a Jewish Art

Posted on October 18, 2017

The vision for OJMCHE’s new exhibition I AM THIS: Art by Oregon Jewish Artists was guided in part by an essay by mid-century American art critic Harold Rosenberg. You can read the essay Is There a Jewish Art by continuing.  Click to continue »

Everyone Needs a Little Laughter!

Posted on October 4, 2017

OJMCHE is pleased to launch a new film series The Many Funny Faces of the Jewish People featuring At War with the Army (1950), Nothing Sacred (1937), Royal Wedding (1951), and The Inspector General (1949). All of the films in the series are powered by Jewish stars, writers and/or directors and include newsreels and cartoons from the year of the feature’s release, plus a historical introduction by series curator Ygal Kaufman with interesting background about the film's production as well as the historical context behind its release. First up is At War with the Army (1950) starring Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, directed by Hal Walker.  Click to continue »

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 »