J.R. Howard Hall
Before starting teaching the Introduction to Judaism class in the Religious Studies Department, Sylvia Frankel was director of the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center from 1983-1995. In that capacity Frankel built up an oral history archive of Holocaust survivors, refugees, and concentration camp liberators. She continues to be engaged in oral history activities under the aegis of the Oregon Jewish Museum. Frankel is also on the faculty of the local Florence Melton Adult Mini School, a program developed by Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Frankel has taught classes on Jewish History, the Holocaust, and Israeli literature at Portland State University, Reed College, and Marylhurst. Frankel organizes an annual Women’s Day of Jewish Learning, in the Jewish community, with a focus on biblical women. She has directed and produced two videos based on her oral histories. Frankel’s Introduction class covers the various movements in Jewish history, starting with Rabbinic Judaism and including Medieval Jewish philosophy, Jewish mysticism, Hasidism, and the various contemporary streams of Judaism.