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  

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

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I had planned more time to look around

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

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About every six months

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!

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One time

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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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4 people found this review helpful

I was working on an essay about minorities in Oregon and called Oregon Jewish Museum. The curator and one of the interns helped me find exactly what I needed both within and outside the museum. I can't thank them enough.

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

The people are so helpful

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

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

Helpful, friendly, knowledgable

Ways to make it better...

I had planned better and could have spent more time with them.

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

More space to spread out when doing research.

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

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-4-01

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5 people found this review helpful

The Oregon Jewish Museum, with its exhibits and archives, has enabled me, and others like me, to connect with the lives, experiences, struggles and contributions to the greater society of Jews during the last 150 years, not in some far off places but right here in our own state. Much of the material the Museum has gathered and displayed was previously unknown to most of us. It has provided me, my family, and other families, among them non-Jews, with a greater understading of "our" role in Oregon's history.

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

Its exhibits displaying aspects of Jewish life in Oregon that were either unknown to me and/or in which my forbearers played a tangential role. It is "real" history education.

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

Own or lease premises substantially larger than the cramped space it presently occupies. Besides making its full array of artifacts and documents available to the public, it would be able to reach out to the growing Jewish communities outside Portland.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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