Photographs

OJMCHE has an outstanding and extensive photograph collection dating from the 1860s through today. These images visually document Jewish experience in Oregon. The ongoing digitization and cataloging of photographs is central to OJMCHE’s mission to make these images available to researchers.

Children eating at the Jewish Shelter Home, c. 1925

The Jewish Shelter Home was established in 1920 to care for children whose parents were unable to care for them. The Shelter Home was heavily supported by the Jewish community through the Federated Jewish Societies and especially by Jeanette Hirsch Meier who provided much of the original funding. On her eighty-first birthday in 1924, she retired the entire remaining mortgage for the building. The Jewish Shelter Home was intended to be not only a home but a welcoming Jewish environment for children in need. The home merged with the Jewish Service Association in 1947 to create the Portland Jewish Family and Child Service, which provides counseling for families, children, adolescents and the aged; homemaker services; family life education groups; immigrant resettlement assistance and emergency financial aid.

Jewish Family and Child Service Collection OJM 2

Fanny and Albert Korsun behind the counter at Korsun’s Deli, c. 1950

Korsun’s grocery store and delicatessen was a landmark in South Portland at Southwest 1st and Caruthers Street until urban renewal in the area forced them moved to NW 23rd Avenue.

Jewish Businesses Collection OJM53

Tom Stern’s 4th Street Garage, c. 1925

From the oral history interview with Tom’s son Jerry Stern: “[My dad] opened the third garage in the city of Portland. In those days, very few houses had private garages. So people who did have automobiles would store them in my father’s garage. He stored 40 or 50 automobiles. There was a mechanic on-site. At the curb there was a gas pump. There was a bench in front of the garage and an office right behind the bench. The Jewish people of South Portland who did have automobiles would all come and go from my father’s garage. They were always in the office. It was a place where they could schmooze. Or they could sit on the bench in front. It was like the country store.”

Oregon Jewish Businesses Collection OJM 61

Samuel Shaman in Front of his Store, c. 1922

Samuel Shaman opened a second hand furniture and hardware store in partnership with Louis Solonsky in 1920. He left that partnership to open his own furniture store soon after.

Oregon Jewish Businesses Collection OJM 109

Elementary English Class at Neighborhood House, 1925

The Neighborhood House was Portland’s settlement house. Founded in 1905 by the National Council of Jewish Women, it had the task of assisting new immigrants along the path toward citizenship. Immigrants from Eastern Europe and Italy, who lived in the small South Portland neighborhood came in the evening to study English, learn a trade, and prepare for citizenship tests.

National Council of Jewish Women, Portland Section Collectio OJM 128

South Parkway Club Basketball Team, 1919

The South Parkway Club was founded in 1916 by a group of nine ex-newsboys. Originally an athletic and social club, the organization operated out of the Neighborhood House and produced successful basketball, swimming, and baseball teams. They also organized monthly dances and other social events, and collected money for local children’s charities. Pictured are: Morris Rogoway, unidentified, Abe Unkeles, Ellie Gurian, Sam Tessler, Meyer Dubinsky, and "Doc" Schneiderma.

South Parkway Club Collection OJM 185

Home of Sigmund Sichel, 1906

Sigmund Sichel arrived in Portland from Bavaria in 1873 to join his uncle Solomon Hirsch, who was already established here. Sichel became an citizen and politician, serving in the Oregon State Senate from 1904-1908. He was very involved in civic activities and urban renoavation projects. With his friend Ben Selling, Sichel worked with the Industrial Removal Office at the turn of the century to relocate 858 Eastern European Jews to Oregon. He was also one of the signatories creating the Anti-Defamation League of the B’nai B’rith (the ADL) in 1913.

Sigmund Sichel Collection OJM 198

Ahavai Sholom Synagogue, c. 1910

This synagogue building on SW Park Avenue and Clay was built in 1904 to replace the small, wooden synagogue on SW 6th between Oak and Pine that had served the congregation from its founding in 1869. This building was replaced in 1952 with a much larger, brick synagogue at SW 13th and Market. It served various other purposes, including a gymnasium for Portland State University, until it was demolished in 1978.

Congregation Neveh Shalom Collection OJM 00243

Albert Menasche in front of his grocery store, c. 1910

Albert Menasche was born on April 15, 1881 on the Greek Island of Rhodes. As a young man, he moved to Constantinople/Istanbul to work at a newspaper called Terjuman Hockicot which means “Interpreter of Truth”. It was there that he met, fell in love, and married Rachel Levy. When they had their first child, Fortuna, they emigrated to America to join Albert's six brothers in Portland, Oregon. Soon after they arrived Albert opened his grocery store.

Jewish Business Collection OJM 4244

Raymond Rowe at a Military Passover Service, Okinawa, 1944

When the Oregon Jewish Museum mounted its first community-based exhibit in 2001 veterans from all branches of military service, from all eras, came forward to lend or donate their photographs, memorabilia, and to tell their stories. A Call to Serve; Oregon Jews in the Armed Services set a standard for exhibits that draw on community knowledge and collections to tell the story of the Oregon Jewish Experience.

OJM 06729

May Day Celebration at the Neighborhood House, 1914

National Council of Jewish Women, Portland Section Collection OJM 262