Jewish American Heritage Celebration

March 29 - April 9, 2010

Poster Exhibit: The History of Jewish Americans in Oregon

Description: This exhibit, designed by the Oregon Jewish Museum, chronicles the challenges and triumphs of Oregon’s Jewish community. The poster exhibit highlights the contributions of leaders of Jewish heritage in our community.


March 29, 2010

Presentation: The Jews of Oregon: History and contributions

Presenter: Judith Margles, M.A., director, Oregon Jewish Museum

Description: Judith Margles will focus her remarks on the experience of Oregon Jews. Between 1850 and 1924 nearly three million Jews fled Central Europe, Russia, Rumania and Austro-Hungary. Some of these immigrants came to Oregon to make better lives for themselves. Margles will relate stories that have been put together from photographs, artifacts and documents in the collection of the Oregon Jewish Museum.

Presenter Biography: Judith Margles, M.A, is the Director of the Oregon Jewish Museum. Previously she served as the Curator at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. She has consulted on exhibit projects for many institutions in the Portland area, including the First Unitarian Church, Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, Fair Housing Council of Oregon, Oregon Historical Society, Linfield College of Nursing, Oregon Historical Society, and American Jewish Committee–Oregon Chapter. She serves on the board of the Old Town History Project and is the Chair of the Council of American Jewish Museums.


April 12, 2010

Presentation: Is it kosher? What you need to know when caring for Jewish patients

Presenters: Shani Fox, N.D., naturopathic physician, and Diane N. Solomon, M.S.N., C.N.M., P.M.H.N.P., psychiatric nurse practitioner

Description: What does "kosher" mean? What do you need to know about Passover, Hanukkah, or getting a rabbi to visit? How can you best anticipate and fulfill a Jewish patient's needs? This fun, fascinating educational program will answer these questions and more. Learn to be culturally sensitive to Jewish patients and Jewish issues in health care. Hear about beautiful customs around food, visiting the sick, comforting the bereaved and more from one of the oldest cultural and religious communities in the world.

Presenter Biographies: Diane N. Solomon, C.N.M., P.M.H.N.P., received her M.S.N. from Yale University, and her Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensure from Oregon Health & Science University. Known as an expert in women’s mental health, she consults and speaks widely to physicians, nurse-midwives, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. She has a private practice in downtown Portland, and is working on a certificate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. She has written for publications as varied as The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry and Midwifery Today. Helping to create happy and healthy families is her passion.

Dr. Shani Fox, N.D., received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine with highest honors from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. She works closely with oncologists in integrative care of people with cancer, and provides holistic primary care for cancer survivors. Her philosophy that even with cancer, radiant health is within reach, has been invaluable to her patients at all stages of their journey through cancer and beyond. Dr. Fox maintains a private practice in Multnomah Village, Southwest Portland.


April 21, 2010

Presentation: Delivering culturally appropriate healthcare to the Jewish community

Presenter: Elizabeth Steiner, M.D., director, Breast Health Education Program, OHSU

Description: This lecture will focus on Jewish traditions and commandments that can affect how Jewish patients interact with health care professionals, and how they are able to comply with recommended treatments. The Jewish population in Oregon has more than doubled in the past 10 years, and in particular there has been noticeable growth in the observant Jewish community. With most of the Portland-area observant Jewish community living in Southwest Portland, many seek health care from OHSU. From dietary regulations to Sabbath observance to issues around physical contact between men and women, caring for Jewish patients requires the culturally-sensitive health care provider to be aware of nuances that can have significant meaning to Jewish patients. Dr. Steiner, an active member of the Portland Jewish community, will explain the history behind many relevant Jewish laws and customs, and discuss how these laws and customs can affect health care.

Presenter Biography: Dr. Steiner attended the University of Chicago for her undergraduate studies, and went on to earn her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1991. She completed her residency at OHSU, and was hired in 1999 as Assistant Professor. For the first two years on faculty, she practiced full-scope family medicine, and served as co-director of the Principles of Clinical Medicine course in the medical school. Currently, she is the Co-chair of the OHSU Institutional Review Board (IRB). She also works on research related to medical education methodology, in particular centered on using flexible modalities to teach early detection of cancer.