Collections

The artifact and archives collections at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education document the experiences of Oregon Jews from our earliest history through today. We are the community repository for family, business, and institutional history, documenting Jewish life in Oregon through photographs, oral history interviews, artifacts, music, and written records.

By merging with two other collecting institutions over the past 20 years, OJMCHE has acquired a collection that is far older than the Museum itself. The holdings of the Jewish Historical Society of Oregon, including 150 oral history interviews of some of Oregon’s first Jews, came into the Museum’s care in 1995. In 2014, the Oregon Jewish Museum merged with the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center, taking on the care of those records, artifacts, and oral history interviews of Holocaust survivors and liberators. The OJMCHE collection continues to grow as Jewish agencies, institutions, and individuals throughout the state choose to deposit items here.

OJMCHE is uniquely positioned to tell the rich story of our shared history and ongoing experience.

Collections Spotlight

Berger Collection at OJM

One of Oregon Jewish Museum’s most significant holdings is the collection of Jewish ceremonial objects donated by Gustav and Mira Berger. Gustav Berger was born in Vienna in 1920, where his father and grandfather were dealers of art and antiques. Mira came from Vilna, which was Poland at the time of her birth and is in Lithuania today. After meeting in Italy following the war, the Bergers moved to New York in 1954, where Gustav began his illustrious career as a painting conservator, opening his own studio in 1967. He was an inventive conservator and developed BEVA, an adhesive for pa ...read more