OREGON JEWISH MUSEUM INC

Rating: 5 stars   32 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 310 NW Davis St Moving December 2009 to 1953 NW Kearney St, Portland OR 97209 USA

Mission: The Oregon Jewish Museum is the Pacific Northwest’s only Jewish museum, located in the region’s second largest metropolitan area. The Oregon Jewish Museum’s mission is dedicated to the preservation, research and exhibition of art, archival materials and artifacts of the Jewish people. It is the repository for archival documents, artifacts, and photographs concerning the history of the Jews in Oregon and endeavors to discover and collect all materials that may help to illuminate this history. Furthering its mission, the Museum brings innovative exhibitions about the history, culture and art of the Jewish people to this region—cultural enrichments that would be totally absent without its efforts. We aim to provide educational opportunities to a broad range of audiences, from youth to senior citizens, and those from all backgrounds.

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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

Just heard about this contest and am excited to get in under the wire. The museum's interest in reaching and involving a younger audience is a really big deal. I participated in a confab representing 20s and 30s -- and their openness to our ideas and viewpoints was awesome. We held a huge street party this summer that was amazing. Hundreds came, we made art, danced, an amazing NY artist joined us, the music could have gone on all night. Thank you OJM.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being part of the 20s and 30s thinktank

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

awesome

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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15 people found this review helpful

As a Portland area Jewish professional I often am in need of Jewish historical "stuff" - stories, facts, pictures, etc to keep my materials alive. OJM always has what I need, no muss, no fuss.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional, understanding, knowledgable

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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11 people found this review helpful

I love how the Oregon Jewish Museum isn't just about Portland but now brings exhibits on the road to other parts of Oregon. I just saw the Sholem Aleichem exhibit here in Eugene and it made me think about how lucky we are that the people at the Oregon Jewish Museum are thinking outside the box. Sometimes we feel isolated here and they are helping us overcome that.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

enjoying and learning from their exhibits

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have more exhibits all throughout the Northwest

Ways to make it better...

I had planned more time to look around

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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17 people found this review helpful

I have served on the Board of Directors for 10yr I have worked on the Archives for 8 years. I have chaired two exhibits I have worked on fund raising

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The organization has taught me to respect and preserve Community history.And has given me a perspective of the Jewish artists whose work has passed through OJM

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have enjoyed working this highly professional staff. They are wonderful teachers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff are all professionally trained. Integrity and caring is is obvious as they train the volunteers in archival work.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

the organization could buy a permanent home that would meet the ever growing need for more space in a museum quality, climate control area. They could also purchase more equipment to expand its community education mission.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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13 people found this review helpful

We feel fortunate to live in a community (Portland, Oregon)where over twenty years ago a group of far sighted and persevering individuals felt the need and founded the Oregon Jewish Museum,the only Jewish museum in the Northwest.The exhibitshave been most educational,relating from various aspects the history of the Jewish community of Portland and Oregon. The Museum is ably led by our executive director, Judith Margleswho is responsable for the great approbation that the museum receivesthough in cramped quarters.We now look forward even greater achievments with our soon to be dedicated new space which will accommodate more exhibits and our archives. We have something to cheer about! Toinette and Victor Menashe

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

participating in the set up of exhibits and watching the viewers as they tour the exhibit

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, hard working, and passionate about the museum

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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5 people found this review helpful

When I brought my 6th grade class to the museum's "Yes We Can" exhibit this past winter I was amazed at how much they learned about the history of discrimination and the status of minorities in Oregon. The Oregon Jewish Museum did an expert job in making this available to the public and with the teaching their staff provided to us. Thank you OJM.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They made it so easy to accommodate my 32 students

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional, receptive, easy-going

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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8 people found this review helpful

My experience began many years ago with a position on the board. I spend a couple of hours, once a week, archiving the material of Portland Section National Council of Jewish Women & The Historic Neighborhood House. I'm part of a team of 4 who have been working on this project for 5 years under the expert eye of Anne Prahl, the curator. I am also an interviewer for the Oregon Oral History Project at the museum. I am so impressed with the staff, interns and volunteers at the museum for their tireless work in a setting that is anything but luxurious. I feel the museum is important for our state. Our Jewish population is small and our history is being well perserved by very capable, caring people.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

2 things: interviewing and working with my archival team

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, focused on their work, professional--all working to make the museum great.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Buy a building

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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5 people found this review helpful

Here's what I love about the Oregon Jewish Museum: it is truly open to all, Jews and non-Jews alike! As someone who is married to a Non-Jew, and one who has a Jewish cultural (but not spiritual) identity, my spouse and I both feel comfortable and fully welcomed at the Museum! We've taken advantage of the Museum's varied offerings by attending stellar exhibits, compelling book discussions, scholarly lectures, astounding theatre productions, and moving musical events. The Oregon Jewish Museum reaches out to the entire community with a message of diversity, tolerance, and acceptance. We love it!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

its effort to collaborate with the German-American Society to sponsor the Charlotte Salomon exhibit and musical presentation.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The openness and inclusive spirit of its professional staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Fantastic and professional!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Buy a permanent new home with larger exhibit/gallery space, more room for programming, and a larger archives/library. It could expand its staff to include more full-time staff, including a Curator of Exhibits!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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5 people found this review helpful

My friend shlepped me to OJM to see the "48 Jews" exhibit by Jac Lahav and I was awestruck to see how they put on a show of the quality I have experienced in New York or LA major museum. I am looking forward to going back.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Forward-thinking, cutting edge

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Shout out loud!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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5 people found this review helpful

The museum hosted an awesome street fair this summer which my friend invited me to. We ate donuts, did free art projects, and danced to 3 live bands. Hundreds of people filled up the street and created an energy I've never seen before in Old Town. I hope they do another event like this next summer! So much fun!!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they're very welcoming.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredibly nice.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have a big festival or party every month!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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