Greater Tulsa Reporter
STRONG TRADITION: The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, 2021 E. 71st St., includes exhibits of art and artifacts displaying the 5,000-year history of the Jewish people.
The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art is celebrating 50 years in 2016.
The museum offers exhibitions and educational programs that focus on Jewish culture, history, religion and art in order to accomplish its mission to preserve and share the legacy of Jewish art, history and culture.
The museum had its beginnings in 1965 when a local synagogue brought a traveling exhibit from the Jewish Museum in New York to Tulsa. Due to the great interest that the exhibit generated, the following year, the Gershon and Rebecca Fenster Gallery of Jewish Art opened to the public.
In 2000, the museum was renamed the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art to recognize the achievements and contributions of Sherwin Miller, the museum’s first curator. In 2003, the museum moved to its current location on the Zarrow Campus, at 2021 E. 71st St.
The museum’s permanent collection of art and artifacts displays the 5,000-year history of the Jewish people from the pre-Canaanite era through the settling of the Jewish community in Tulsa and the American Southwest. The museum also includes the Herman and Kate Kaiser Holocaust Exhibition, the Julius and Gertrude Livingston Oklahoma Jewish Archives, the Tulsa Jewish Genealogical Society, the Markovitz Jewish Genealogy Study and Research Center, and its two newest galleries: the Mildred and Julius Sanditen Gallery and the Sharna Newman Frank Education Gallery.