The Oregon Jewish Museum Expands

Visit the Oregon Jewish Museum's new digs in Portland for everything from seder plates to Bugs Bunny.

Ernest Bloch artifacts, Oregon Jewish Museum, image

Keepsakes from composer Ernest Bloch's life in Agate Beach, Ore.

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What could Bugs Bunny, photos of trumpeters puffing their cheeks, and a Polish kiddush cup have in common? All fit in the Oregon Jewish Museum’s new 6,400-square-foot Portland building, a space three times as big as its last.

Multiple exhibits run until early May. Peruse New York photographer Fran Kaufman’s richly expressive black-and-white photos of jazz musicians, including Joshua Redman and the 3 Cohens. Admire 150 years of ceremonial objects, from an ornately carved silver spice box to an 1890 porcelain seder plate. And enjoy the scores, letters, and sketches of composer Ernest Bloch, whom fans call the “Fourth B,” after Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms.

Visitors can also catch concerts, movies, and poetry readings in the plush auditorium; listen to some 400 oral histories; and then return after May 22 for an exhibit on Mel Blanc, the local who became the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig. “Th-th-th-that’s all folks”? Here it’s just the beginning. (503) 226-3600, ojm.org.

Photography by Robbie McClaran

This article was first published in March 2011. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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