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By the mid-19th century, German Jewish immigrants were following gold miners and farmers into Oregon, selling them supplies. In the following decades, antisemitism, economic upheaval and war drove migrations of Jews from Russia and across Europe to the United States. Some settled in Oregon population centers, establishing businesses and communities of faith. According to a recent poll, today, more than 47,000 Oregonians self-identify as Jewish.
Watch the Oregon Experience documentary “The Jewish Frontier” to learn about the history of synagogues in Oregon.
The Jewish Frontier