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Oregon Holocaust Memorial Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Posted on September 25, 2019

Six Oregonian women — five of them Holocaust survivors and one the daughter of a survivor — gathered in 1994 to discuss creating a Holocaust memorial in Portland. It would honor all their lost family members and also the multitude of others who had suffered profoundly and were robbed of life during that horrific time. Because these millions had perished and had no final resting place, this would provide a visible monument where people could go to pay tribute. As voiced by survivor Eva Aigner, “We never had a place to go to remember. The memorial would be a place to go to think about them and reflect.” Click to continue »


Leonard Bernstein at 100

Posted on September 18, 2019

Visit OJMCHE this fall season and check out a wide range of events related to our exhibition, Leonard Bernstein at 100. Aside from featuring Bernstein’s piano, scores, and other personal items from his work on West Side Story, the museum is hosting musical programs in conjunction with the exhibition. Back to back on October 22 and October 23 at 7-9pm, OJMCHE will welcome the 45th Parallel Universe to play chamber music from Bernstein’s early years. Following their performance, the Bravo Youth Orchestra will perform at OJMCHE for one day only on November 10 at 2pm. Our final event, “A Talk with Jamie Bernstein”, features Bernstein's daughter as she discusses her recent memoir Famous Father Girl. Jamie Bernstein is a writer, narrator, broadcaster and filmmaker who has transformed a lifetime of loving music into a career of sharing her knowledge and excitement with others. This event is supported by the Mittleman Jewish Community Center and Institute for Judaic Studies in conjunction with Portland Jewish Book Month. Visit our calendar for all event and ticketing information. Click to continue »


The LAB

Posted on September 15, 2019

Check out the museum’s newest intercultural space and community led project, the LAB. Developed by Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos), the LAB activates conversation and leaves passivity at the door. With careful deliberation and thoughtful planning, the space came to fruition this summer in 2019. Director of OJMCHE, Judy Margles, dreamt of the space and its potential for community involvement once the museum changed locations in 2017. She hopes the room will center itself around conversation, interaction and resistance, following simple ground rules on inclusivity.  Click to continue »


Smithsonian’s annual Museum Day

Posted on September 10, 2019

For the first time ever, The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education will participate in Smithsonian’s annual Museum Day, hosted on Saturday September 21, 2019. To celebrate museums, cultural centers, and even zoos, Smithsonian Magazine is offering free admission to locations across the 50 states. One ticket admits two guests. If you’ve been to OJMCHE before, bring a friend to show them around, and if you haven’t visited us, now you can come for free. Museum Day promotes a national understanding of access, equity and inclusion. More details are on smithsonianmag.com. To receive tickets for OJMCHE admission, visit their website. Click to continue »


Head of Education at OJMCHE leads workshops for Oregon teachers at Remember & Educate Symposium

Posted on September 4, 2019

Amanda Solomon, Manager of Museum and Holocaust Education at OJMCHE, led workshops at a Holocaust and Genocide Curriculum Symposium, hosted by Oregon State University at their downtown Portland campus on Thursday August 15. Speaking to educators from all over Oregon, Solomon began the day by recounting the journey of SB664, which requires genocide education. With new and long time educators attending the symposium, she shared guidelines for teaching about genocide and made clear how to shape the Holocaust narrative into one that highlights genocide as a global issue.  Click to continue »


New Staff Member: Gina Hartmann, Museum Shop Manager

Posted on August 27, 2019

Meet our new staff member Gina Hartmann! We sat down with Hartmann for a Q and A and talked about her role as the Museum Shop Manager. Read about her family’s history and her experience as a first generation American as well. Click to continue »