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OREGON JEWISH MUSEUM INC
October 31, 2009

I cannot say enough about the Oregon Jewish Museum. I first became involved with OJM as a volunteer when I was in college, helping to catalog and prepare archival material, and doing research for exhibits. The wealth of primary resources, in the form of interview transcripts, ephemera, primary documents and artifacts makes OJM an invaluable resource for anyone doing research on Jewish life in the Pacific Northwest. Exhibits at OJM are consistently thoughtful, as well as well presented and well-researched. Their presence is especially important in the relatively young town of Portland, with its youthful population and rapid development. Alas, my present schedule prevents me from volunteering at OJM, but I continue to benefit from the excellent exhibits and from their fine work with the schools in the Portland metro area.

The Great!

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

discovering the Jewish past of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest

Ways to make it better...

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

give it 10 million bucks (if I had it!)

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

the many things I've learned about the Jewish community of Portland.

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

friendly, excited to share, talented and each had their own field of expertise which they were willing to share.

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

buy a bigger, climate controlled space that would serve as outreach to all kinds of people, helping them and encouraging them to discover the lessons - and riches - of the past.

Ways to make it better...

OJM had 10 million bucks - with that bigger space!

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

budgetary. They could really use a bigger, better space.

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

I'm a great fan of OJM - the director and curator have been working tirelessly at their mission for years, and doing a really fabulous job!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I've researched for exhibits; documented archival material ; helped at the annual auction; and enjoyed the wonderful exhibits.