News Archive

Director's Statement

Posted on January 15, 2018

Martin Luther King and Anne Frank were both born in 1929, barely six months apart. Anne Frank died in 1945 of typhus in Bergen Belson at age 15 and Martin Luther King was shot in Memphis in 1968. Today they would have been 89 years old. Both lived in a period where racism was ubiquitous. For Anne Frank and her family the enactment in 1935 of the Nuremberg Laws, which excluded German Jews from citizenship and prohibited them from marrying Germans institutionalized what was already a world filled with anitisemetic propaganda. Martin Luther King’s world wasn’t all that different – as a black man in the south he was unable to vote, he was segregated in schools, restaurants, on busses and other public accommodations.

As we reflect on the meaning of their lives and work we can look to the words of former Anti Defamation League National Director and Holocaust survivor Abraham Foxman,“In our work over the last 100 years, and particularly in the aftermath of the Holocaust and other incidents of hate, we have always asked the question, ‘What if?’ What if America had been a more tolerant and welcoming society? What if more people had stood up to defy Hitler? What kind of world could we imagine for our children and grandchildren if more people stood up to say ‘no’ to racism, bigotry, prejudice and antisemitism.” Click to continue »


The Story Behind The Many Funny Faces of the Jewish People
By Debra Shein

Posted on November 13, 2017

Recently, we chatted with film historian Ygal Kaufman to find out more about The Many Funny Faces of the Jewish People, a lively and fascinating film series he has put together especially for OJMCHE. The series features four mid-twentieth-century classics that highlight the artistry of Jewish directors, producers, actors, writers, and others, and prompt us to examine the nature of their many and various contributions to the evolution of comedy in film. Each feature-length movie is being accompanied by short subjects from the year of its release. Kaufman will be on hand to provide an intriguing introduction that explores the background of the film and its relation to cinematic history. Click to continue »


Willamette Week’s Give!Guide

Posted on November 1, 2017

We’re excited to announce that for the first time Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education has been selected to be a part of Willamette Week’s Give!Guide, which launched today!

Give!Guide is an annual campaign that gives Portland a chance to show support to local nonprofits and OJMCHE is proud to be one of 150 nonprofits that have been selected. Continue reading for more information about how to find us on Give!Guide and how your gift supports OJMCHE! Click to continue »


New Oregon Arts Watch Article

Posted on October 24, 2017

Thank you Bob Hicks and Oregon Arts Watch for the thoughtful review of OJMCHE’s two new exhibitions.  Click to continue »


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 »