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Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art
Established 1965
Location 2021 E 71st St Tulsa, OK 74136
Type Art museum

The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art (SMMJA) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was founded in 1966 as the Gershon & Rebecca Fenster Museum of Jewish Art. From its inception until 1998, Tulsa's Congregation B'nai Emunah Synagogue housed the museum. Sherwin Miller was the museum's first curator. In 2000, the museum was renamed the Sherwin Miller Museum, and it moved to its present location at 2021 E 71st St in Tulsa, OK 74136 on the Zarrow Campus of the Jewish Federation of Tulsa in November 2004. The Sherwin Miller Museum, which houses the largest collection of Jewish art in the Southwestern United States, received accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums in 2013.

Collections and Exhibits

The museum is a part of the Fenster/Sanditen Cultural Center along with the National Council of Jewish Women Holocaust Education Center, dedicated in April 1995 on Yom HaShoah by members of the Oklahoma 45th Infantry Division. It is the only American Jewish museum in the region and preserves the largest collection of Judaica in the Southwest United States. It serves as the headquarters of the Jewish Historical Society of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Jewish Archives. The Herman & Kate Kaiser Holocaust Collection focuses on survivors who came to live in Oklahoma and those Oklahomans helped to liberate the Nazi concentration camps. The museum's permanent collection consists of more than 16,000 pieces, including items of archaeological and ritual significance, ethnographic costumes, synagogue textiles, historical documents, and fine art.

Facility description

The museum building contains 13,700 square feet (1,270 m2) of exhibit space. It even contains a model synagogue that is used for services twice a week by children from the Mizel Jewish Community Day School, also located on the Zarrow Campus.

The building has two levels:

  • The lower level has a permanent Holocaust exhibit that displays documents, photos and other mementos from Oklahoma veterans who liberated German concentration camps, Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany, and Holocaust victims and survivors.
  • The upper level exhibits art and artifacts related to the history of the Jewish people, ranging from the pre-Canaanite period in the Middle East to Jewish settlements in Oklahoma.
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