News Archive

Arlene Schnitzer (January 10, 1929 - April 4, 2020)

Posted on April 4, 2020

OJMCHE expresses our sorrow at the passing of Arlene Schnitzer, one of the most recognizable and celebrated names in Oregon. We know the name well as it graces the bright lights of Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Arlene Schnitzer was a leading philanthropist, a supporter of the arts, and a civic leader who cared deeply about social issues. Her vision, dedication and artistic acumen was first evidenced in the Fountain Gallery, which she founded in Portland in 1961 to provide exhibition space and sales opportunities for local artists. Our condolences to her son Jordan Schnitzer and family.⁣ Click to continue »

Women's History Month 2020

Posted on April 2, 2020

For the second year, throughout the month of March, we highlighted different women from our archives on social media thanks to our Archivist Alisha Babbstein. Click to continue »

Virtual Museum Tours and More!

Posted on March 30, 2020

"The fact is, most of us are going to be spending a lot of time at home. And while nothing can replicate the swell of a live orchestra or the quiet murmur of an art gallery on a Saturday morning, there are countless cultural experiences at your fingertips to make your time indoors more artful and imaginative." - AJ Willingham, CNN

Take some time to look over this virtual list of virtual concerts, plays, and museums from CNN! Read more for the link and some cultural highlights. Click to continue »

Resources for Teaching and Learning through the COVID-19 outbreak

Posted on March 26, 2020

The last school visit that Education Manager Amanda Solomon made was to Enterprise High School where she was asked to provide a workshop after a series of hate incidents. Two students who had been targeted reached out to OJMCHE for help in raising awareness in their classmates and in motivating the school to provide more education about the power of speech and the consequences of hate. You can read about the visit here in the coverage in the Wallowa County newspaper.

While the museum is closed the Education Team is providing on line learning resources for parents and educators here on OJMCHE’s website. Resources will be up dated weekly on Friday mornings and you can sign up for weekly educational resources. Click to continue »

OJMCHE Will Remain Closed to Support Community Efforts to Stem the Spread of COVID-19

Posted on March 16, 2020


Effective March 16, OJMCHE will remained closed to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors. During this time staff will be working remotely and reachable by email and/or telephone.  Click to continue »

An Update on the Covid-19 outbreak and what it means for OJMCHE

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I would like to update the OJMCHE community on procedures and protocols that we have been put into place in reaction to the Covid-19 outbreak. The Museum has formed a proactive emergency response team that is monitoring the situation closely and taking steps based on the guidance from public health experts and government officials. Following Governor Kate Brown's directive on gatherings and activities, OJMCHE has cancelled public programming until April 10.

The March 18 screening of Rosenwald has been postponed. For those who have purchased tickets, purchases will be refunded and we will let the community know when the film is rescheduled. The Noontime Talk on March 24 is also postponed.

Currently the only change in the OJMCHE schedule is reduced hours with a 4pm closing for the immediate future. We have put into place a number of protocols to keep the museum as clean and clear of infection as possible with additional cleaning, museum-wide sanitization stations and protocols for keeping surfaces sanitized. Our focus is on keeping staff healthy and the museum clean and sanitized for our guests. Please share with others that the Museum is open and that we welcome visitors!

In the near future if there is a change in the museum’s operations, we will communicate broadly with the public and the OJMCHE community. We remain committed to keeping our community healthy while continuing to fulfill our mission.

As our mission reminds us, at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education we teach about discrimination in all its insidious forms. OJMCHE’s educational priority to teach the values of inclusion and respect has never been more important. Our community cares deeply about others and recognizes our responsibility to one another. I know that you join me, in these especially stressful times, to being extra vigilant to make sure that everyone is treated with kindness and dignity.

I send fervent wishes for your good health. Thank you for your continued support as we navigate these uncertain times together.

With gratitude,

Judy Margles
Director Click to continue »