News Archive

Naturalization Ceremony 2019

Posted on June 20, 2019

We were honored to host a naturalization ceremony on June 20th for World Refugee Day! 15 people from 9 countries are now US citizens. 

Read more for a poem by Kim Stafford that was read out by OJMCHE Director Judy Margles and remarks from Amy Herzfeld-Copple, Deputy Director of Programs and Strategic Initiatives, Western States Center. Click to continue »


Oregon Joins Lawsuit Against the Trump Administration’s Policy of Separating Parents and Children at the Border

Posted on June 19, 2019

Director Judy Margles was a declarant in a law suit against the Trump administration’s policy of separating parents and children. In part her statement said, “The Nazi practice of separating children from their parents at concentration camps—or, perhaps most infamously, at extermination camps such as Auschwitz—is painfully well-know to history and requires little elaboration here. The practice resulted in the separation of many thousands of families during the war, many of whom were never reunited. … As far back as the 2016 presidential campaign, people were making comparisons in the news and other avenues of public discourse between the rhetoric employed by then-candidate Trump and that employed by Nazi Germany. Although we recognized the parallels, we actually resisted the comparison quite strongly and for quite some time. In part, we were aware the comparisons to Nazi Germany are likely dismissed out of hand as hyperbolic or offensive.…That said, from my perspective as Director of OJMCHE, we are witnessing the federal government adopt and pursue a policy of slow dehumanization of others that has chilling parallels to the early years of the Nazi regime. In fact, between 1933 and 1945, the Nazis enacted approximately 450 laws intended to dehumanize Jews.” You can read more for Judy Margles’ entire declaration. Click to continue »


Teacher Advisory Board & Student-Educator Internship

Posted on May 29, 2019

On May 28, 2019, SB 664, a bill to mandate Holocaust and genocide education in Oregon starting in the 2020-2021 school-year, unanimously passed its final vote on the House floor. To ensure that we are working with educators, OJMCHE is excited to announce the formation of a Teacher Advisory Board for the 2019-2020 school year. Additionally, we are offering a new opportunity for students to become involved with Holocaust and genocide education with our new Student-Educator Internship. More information on both is available below and applications for each are due JUNE 14th.  Click to continue »


Jakob Kryszek
September 15, 1918 – May 15, 2019

Posted on May 16, 2019

OJMCHE mourns the loss of our dear friend Jakob Kryszek, who died Wednesday, May 15, at age 100. Jake was born in Lodz, Poland, in 1918, the son of a religious teacher and a seamstress. After the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, he sought work to get extra rations, and soon was helping to build the Autobahn and ammunition factories in Germany. Jake survived the Second World War, despite five concentration camps and a shattered leg. He was the only one left in his family. Click to continue »


Announcing the 2019 Sala Kryszek Art & Writing Competition Grand Prize Winners!

Posted on April 24, 2019

OJMCHE is proud to announce that judging has ended for this year’s Sala Kryszek Art & Writing Competition. Last week, judging teams were busy with 170 writing entries and 68 art entries. The quality of the entries made the deliberations difficult and judges in all categories expressed their appreciation for students’ thoughtful submissions.  Click to continue »


What’s New at the Museum Shop?
A Visit with Mariel Pitti, Museum Shop Manager by Debra Shein

Posted on April 8, 2019

Have you stopped in lately to look over the unique selection of offerings at the OJMCHE Museum Shop? Since moving to our new location in 2017, we’ve expanded to become a distinctive, destination-shopping location. Whether you’re looking for just the right item for Passover or other holidays, for a special occasion, or just to treat yourself with a gift, the OJMCHE Museum Shop has something for you.

Shop Manager Mariel Pitti (formerly the Director of the Gallery Store of the Museum of Contemporary Craft when it was in the space now occupied by OJMCHE) has made it her goal to bring together an exceptional collection of work by local and internationally-known Jewish artists along with exhibit-themed items and a wide variety of books and Judaica.  Click to continue »