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  

4 people found this review helpful

I brought my class to an exhibit at Oregon Jewish Museum. It was a super way to get my kids engaged in the issue of tolerance and to examine the Oregon's history of diversity and intolerance. The conversations extended for days after our visit, thanks to the great presentation by the director, Judy Margles, and the thorough exhibit. It was presented in an attractive, accessible manner that the kids could understand and appreciate - and I could too!

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

seeing what a great effect the exhibits have had on the kids in my class.

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

knowledgeable and helpful, eager to answer any and all questions.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

When I was doing research on Portland history in the early 1900s, Oregon Jewish Museum provided me with many excellent first-hand accounts and photos - they really rounded out my knowledge of the period.

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

the knowledge and helpfulness of the staff, Judith Margles and Anne prahl, as well as the treasure trove of interviews, documents and photos available in the archives.

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

move to a better location.

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

all the great stuff they have! Plus the generosity of the staff in providing help and support in my research.

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

helpful and knowledgeable. I even got to meet some volunteers who told me stories about the period I was researching.

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

acquire a better location.

Ways to make it better...

the museum had a bigger spae.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

location!

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I am pleased to share my experience with OJM over the past many years and highly recommend it. OJM plays a unique and important role in the Portland/Oregon Jewish and non-Jewish communities. It serves those who are looking to understand the Jewish experience, both locally and nationally; to experience an art museum show in an intimate setting; and to use valuable research resources. Those who work and volunteer at OJM bring a high level of enthusiasm and commitment -- and the upcoming move to a new space will only enhance the many things OJM provides to the community.

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

Intimate environment with unique/one-of-a-kind art exhibits

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

Inviting; gracious; knowledgeable

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I am a writer and I have been blessed to use the human and archival resources of the Oregon Jewish Museum for a range of projects including a book, "The Spark and the Light: The Leo Adler Story" (which led to the Oregon Public Broadcasting Oregon Experience Program "Leo Adler"). I continue to use their resources for a variety of other research projects on Jewish families in Oregon. I could not do my work without them. When I started work on the Leo Adler project, I was unsure about what resources might be available in Portland. Leo Adler (1895-1993) lived all of his 98 years in Baker City in the eastern part of our state. When I went to the Museum and told the Director Judy Margles what I was doing, she smiled and said "Yes, we have a few things" and introduced me to Anne Levant-Prahl. Scrapbooks were pulled out, oral history transcripts were presented to me and boxes and photograph came down from shelves. Broad pieces of the Adler family history could be found from a range of sources, but the resources of the Oregon Jewish Museum allowed me to weave those pieces together. I had the thrill of looking at family letters from Jacob Adler (Leo’s grandfather) to his son and daughters in Oregon (who emigrated from Germany in the 1870s) telling them when they should observe the anniversary of their mother’s death. Many of the letters were written in German and the folks at the Oregon Jewish Museum put me in touch with translation services that allowed me to dig deeper. There are other museums in Oregon with larger archives, bigger facilities, and more staff, but for me the Oregon Jewish Museum has always been the best “connector” museum. It opens up questions for me and helps me blaze a trail toward answering those questions. I always feel welcome when I come to do research and I value the interest of the staff in my work. Since I am not Jewish, I appreciate the staff’s willingness to answer my questions about areas that I am unfamiliar with. I truly value the ways that the Oregon Jewish Museum has helped me to connect with a range of different worlds and I hope your assistance will help them connect with even more.

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

ongoing research that I do for a variety of projects. I'm almost always surprised by what I find there and the way it helps me put the pieces together.

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

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

the balance they strike between enthusiastic interest in what you are doing and letting you go about your work.

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

curious and interested in my work. I often learned alot just through chatting with volunteers who have a longer history in Portland than I do.

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

tell a wider audience about the importance, vitality, shortfalls and accomplishments of Jews in Oregon and in the Northwest.

Ways to make it better...

the volunteers and staff weren't so easy to talk to while I am doing research. On the other hand, Its great to be able to bounce questions off of them.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

how the move to larger facilities will affect them. This is a momentous step, but I imagine there will be some growing pains.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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