Collections

The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education's collection documents the experiences of Oregon Jews from our earliest history through today. We are the community repository for family and institutional history, documenting Jewish life through photographs, oral history interviews, material artifacts, music, and written records.

OJM merged with the Jewish Historical Society of Oregon in 1996, acquiring that organization’s historic records and artifacts. We have continued to engage the Jewish community by advocating for the preservation of and access to our documentary heritage. With connections to all of the Jewish organizations in the state, 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