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  

5 people found this review helpful

I am a new member of the Board of Directors. In my short time on the board, I am very impressed with all aspects of the museum. The entire staff is very dedicated and has great vision as to what the museum is and can be to the community. They are currently in the process of moving locations and all programs, events and exhibits have been carefully planned to provide the best space for the museum. They are continually working on new programs to involve and benefit the community. The board is also very involved and enthusiastic about every aspect of the museum - from fundraising, exhibits and communtiy outreach. All in all, I am happy to be involved and look forward to my future experiences with Oregon Jewish Museum.

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Exhibits and events.

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Working wtih the staff and board.

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

Professional, smart, enthusiastic, good planners.

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

Provide an enormous amount of community outreach and programming! It would be wonderful!

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About every month

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2009-10-01

 
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3 people found this review helpful

The Oregon Jewish Museum is one of the most dynamic museums--if not the most dynamic one-in this community. It consistently does more with less to serve its constituency and the larger community by its innovative and imaginative exhibits and outreach programs. Some years ago the staff and board realized that it could do more to enrich the local culture by telling the story of the Jewish community in exhibits of its own history than by a constant stream of costly traveling exhibits. It has now achieved a great balance between telling our Oregon stories and exposing us to the glories of Jewish culture from the wider world. At the same time, OJM has created a dedicated cadre of future OJM members by curating an annual exhibit of objects and documents from the families of students at the Portland Jewish Academy with stories told by the students themselves. The enthusiasm and energy this event generates every year belies the staid images of the usual museum experience. Finally, the enormous work the staff and board have put in to secure a new and exciting building for the museum, which came to fruition this month, will leverage previously undreamed of opportunities to better serve the Oregon Jedwish community.

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

The staff is highly professional and dedicated. The director is a world-class professional. Perhaps one of the most telling aspects of their work has been their ability to attract, motivate, and retain dedicated volunteers who return over and over to OJM

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4 people found this review helpful

I'm a board member of the Oregon Jewish Museum for the past year. The Museum has been a part of my life since if was founded as a visitor to its many exhibits, lectures, and the growing archives. The Museum is housed in a 1,800 square foot space. After many years of searching it will move into newly renovated space this Dcember of 6,500 square feet. The Museum will now be able to correctly house its growing archives, show multiple exhibits simultaneously and also house it's staff in offices. Along with the Museum, OJM will house the Oregon Holacaust Resource Center in the same building. A show of true collaboration. This is an exciting time for the Oregon Jewish Museum and the Oregon Holacaust Resource Center.

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

being a Board Member and visiting the exhibits and lectures at the Museum.

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

the relationship between the professional staff and the Board.

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

buy the new building it is leasing and moving into plus renovate the building for the present and into the future for many years to come.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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