The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art
2021 East 71st Street South
Tulsa, OK 74136
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The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art is a valuable and unique resource that educates American citizens about the trials and tragedies of the Holocaust. This thought-provoking collection provides visitors with a means by which to interpret Jewish life and culture across time and space. This collection, which houses more than 10,000 permanent works, educates thousands of students, educators, and citizens alike every year.
Established in 1965 as the Fenster Museum and originally located in Tulsa's Congregation B'nai Emunah Synagogue, in 2000 the Museum was renamed to honor Sherwin Miller, the founder who first envisioned a Judaica collection in Tulsa. In 2003, the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art was relocated to its current location on the Zarrow Campus and shares its home with other Jewish community resource centers, including the Jewish Federation of Tulsa, Mizel Jewish Community Day School, and Tulsa Jewish Retirement and Health Care Center.
Their permanent collection of more than 10,000 works includes:
- Archaeological pieces
- Ritual and life cycle objects
- Ethnographic costumes
- Synagogue textiles
- Historical documents and fine art
The Sherwin Miller Museum Collection contains hundreds of objects donated by Oklahoma veterans who took part in the liberation of German concentration camps. Other artifacts were brought to Oklahoma by Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany. Many are mementos of those who died in the Holocaust, others dedicated in memory of them by their families. These Oklahomans have made their stories part of the Holocaust Education Center at the Museum in order to bear witness to the terrors they encountered during the Hitler regime.
The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art is a somber yet enlightening resource dedicated to preserving the legacy of Jewish culture. The Museum's many exhibits and art collections are a testament to the diversity of America and stands as a source of eradicating hate and misunderstanding of Jewish citizens.