NW Life | Arts
Oregon Jewish Museum: Settling In
Oregon Jewish Museum
1953 NW Kearney St
Through September 29, 2013
Settling In examines the experience and acculturation of immigrants to Oregon through the lens of Jewish experience. The exhibit focuses on two groups: Eastern European and Russian Jewish immigrants who were “Americanized” through the Neighborhood House, the settlement house founded in South Portland in 1905, and later immigrants served through the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO). The struggles and triumphs of the early 20th century immigrants are compared with challenges and achievements of a contemporary and diverse group of immigrants from Burma, Cambodia, Congo, Cuba, Eritrea, and Somalia. Through their compelling and sometimes astonishing stories, the exhibit highlights the old and new realities of the immigrant experience.