Joseph Nudelman; Pioneer Farmer in North Dakota, California and Nevada

Joseph Nudelman (1844-1935), the eldest of 12 children, was born near Odessa, Russia. He came to the US in 1882 as the head of a group of 25 families intent on starting a Jewish farming community under the auspices of the Baron Hirsch Foundation. They settled first in Winnipeg, Canada and a year later near Bismark, North Dakota, where they suffered terribly to make ends meet as unskilled farmers in a very hostile environment. In 1892, Joseph briefly gave up farming and moved his family to Portland. But the urge to go “back to the soil” remained strong, and in 18 ...read more

Ida Loewenberg

Portland-born Ida Loewenberg (1872 - 1949) grew up in a life of privilege as provided by her Bavarian immigrant father Julius, a founder of Merchants National Bank and Northwest Fire and Marine Insurance. She attended private schools both abroad and in New York. She received a degree in social work and developed a passion to serve the immigrant community in her hometown. Loewenberg was among the first Oregon Jewish women of immigrant parents to pursue a professional degree. In 1912, she joined the staff of Neighborhood House and in 1914 became its executive director, a position she held ...read more

Berger Collection at OJM

One of Oregon Jewish Museum’s most significant holdings is the collection of Jewish ceremonial objects donated by Gustav and Mira Berger. Gustav Berger was born in Vienna in 1920, where his father and grandfather were dealers of art and antiques. Mira came from Vilna, which was Poland at the time of her birth and is in Lithuania today. After meeting in Italy following the war, the Bergers moved to New York in 1954, where Gustav began his illustrious career as a painting conservator, opening his own studio in 1967. He was an inventive conservator and developed BEVA, an adhesive for pa ...read more

Completing the Picture

This is a story of when two documents meet again after a long separation. The first is a photograph from the collection of the National Council of Jewish Women, Portland Section, which ran the Neighborhood House in South Portland. As a settlement house for new immigrants at the beginning of the 20th century, Neighborhood House had among its services a free clinic for the local residents. In this photo, a doctor (possibly Dr. Gordeau), stands in the center of a room crowded with onlookers. Some of them are mothers with infants in need of check-ups; others appear to be doctors, nurses, and  ...read more