News Archive

Anneke Bloomfield Honored at “Song of Miriam” Awards Brunch

Posted on May 10, 2017

OJMCHE is thrilled that Anneke Bloomfield will be our 2017 Song of Miriam Awardee, honoring outstanding women volunteers. Anneke was born in 1935 in The Hague, The Netherlands. Between the ages of five and ten, Anneke spent the war in hiding, sometimes returning home only to have to leave again. Through all of her stays in different places, she was never told what was happening. Telling children the truth was too risky, in case they were captured and gave away information. After the war, Anneke moved first to Canada and then to the United States. Anneke has been a dedicated member of the Holocaust Speakers' Bureau for 17 years, traveling regularly through the state to share her story with thousands of schoolchildren and adults. Hearing Anneke speak is a critical part of many students' understanding of Holocaust history, allowing them to connect what they are learning with somebody who lived through it.

Please join us for the awards ceremony on Sunday, June 4, 10:00 at the MJCC. Click to continue »

Help Fight Proposed Elimination of IMLS, NEH and NEA

Posted on March 16, 2017

Today, the American Alliance of Museums issued this statement:

Trump Budget Proposes Billions in Cuts, Including Elimination of IMLS, NEH and NEA
This morning, the Trump Administration formally proposed eliminating the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in its preliminary budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018. These eliminations are part of a package that the administration projects would cut $54 billion in domestic spending in order to offset an identical increase in defense spending. Although a full budget proposal is not expected from the Administration until May, this document also appears to target museum-related programs at the Department of Education, the Department of State, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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We Stand in Solidarity

Posted on February 1, 2017

"The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens; you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt." Leviticus 19.34

OJMCHE stands side by side with our Muslim friends and colleagues, in Oregon, in this country, and around the world. We have grave concerns President Trump’s executive order banning Muslims from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from the United States of America. That this order was released on International Holocaust Remembrance Day is a grotesque insult to the memory of all who perished and to all who survived the Holocaust. Click to continue »

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 »