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.
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.
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.