Pointing the Way: Yads From Then and Now


Pointing the Way: Yads from Then and Now

April 9 – June 24, 2018

Displaying highlights from the largest and most diverse Torah pointer collection in the U.S. The Virginia-based collector Clay Barr’s vast collection of yads, or Torah pointers, includes the rarest and most creative selections, antiquities and commissioned work from contemporary artists with pointers made of stone, wood, paper, ceramic, metal, Lucite, glass, silver, ivory, brass, gems, leather and more. They are small and large, portable and mounted, traditional and wildly original. Such artists as Tobi Kahn, Wendell Castle, Darlys Ewolt and Albert Paley are represented, originating from Hungary, Israel, Norway, Vermont, Germany, North Africa and New Jersey, for starters.

2018 Yom HaShoah Art Contest

Looking for info on the White Rose Essay Contest, click here.

The 2018 Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance ceremony will take place on Monday, April 9, 2018 at TCC VanTrease PACE at 7 pm. Winners of the Arts Competition will have their pieces displayed at the VanTrease PACE for the event, the others will be displayed at the Tulsa Jewish Federation. The reception for winners of the Arts Competition will be on Sunday, April 15th. Each year, students from the Tulsa area display art work created in response to their classroom learning at the Remembrance Day event.

Student art work can be submitted into either the middle school (grades 6-8) or high school (grades 9-12) category.


  • “Artwork” is understood to be visual art in any medium, but is not understood to refer to film, music, dance, or drama (the performing arts).
  • All artworks should be easily portable and either freestanding, or be able to sit on an easel or a tabletop.
  • Artworks may be submitted by individual students or by groups of students.
  • The artist/s name, school and teacher should appear on the artwork in a place that is not visible when displayed (such as the bottom or back of the artwork).
  • A short (1-3 sentence) artist/s’ statement should accompany each artwork.
  • Artworks that require batteries or electricity may not be displayed, for logistical reasons.
  • Artworks that include blood, body parts, or ashes will not be displayed.
  • Artwork will be judged based on originality, attention to detail and evidence of historical research. Judges will include representatives from the Council for Holocaust Education, The Sherwin Miller Museum, and former teachers.


Ten finalists will be selected in the middle school category and ten in the high school category. From these 20, the following prizes will be awarded in each category:

First Place: $250 Second place: $150 Third place: $50

For more information or to reserve exhibit, email

To download Identity Plate and Artist’s Statement (which are required for each piece,) you can download here.

Michael Knigin, Remembrance 2000

This series of images on canvas/paper or in mural form exists to commemorate both dead and living heroes of the Holocaust. Created by Michael Knigin, this art will be shown museums to serve as an ongoing reminder of the past and a step toward building a better future. We have a responsibility to face it and learn its lessons: “We Will Not Forget.”

Raffi Kaiser, Spaces and Spirit of Israel

Kaiser constantly sketches, but when he comes to execute his landscapes, he puts this material aside, composing from memory and trying to encapsulate the feelings these majestic scenes evoked in him. Created with a restricted number of fine, monochrome pen strokes, they achieve an austere beauty and timelessness.

Deadly Medicine: Creating The Master Race Exhibit

Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race

January 11 – March 4, 2018

Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race traces this history from the early 20th-century international eugenics movement to the Nazi regime’s “science of race.” It also challenges viewers to reflect on the present-day interest in genetic manipulation that promotes the possibility of human perfection.


This exhibition has been made possible by

The Lerner Foundation and Eric F. and Lore Ross,

with additional support from the Lester Robbins and

Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibitions Fund established in 1990.


Local Sponsors

The Sharna and Irvin Frank Foundation

The Herman Kaiser Foundation

The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation

The Frank Family Foundation

The Kirschner Trust

Brian E. Brouse

Jenny R. Brouse

Susan Fenster

Carol Miller Trust

White Rose Memorial Essay Contest 2018

White Rose Memorial Essays

The Tulsa Council for Holocaust Education’s Tenth Annual White Rose Memorial Essay Contest

For Middle, Jr. High, and High School Students

Submission deadline: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Looking for info about the Arts Competition? Click here.

The White Rose organization, including brother and sister Hans and Sophie Scholl, felt compelled to protest the frightening environment in which they lived and studied.  Their protests took the form of essays published in leaflets that were distributed anonymously in Munich, and then later mailed to persons selected from the phone book.  These essays challenged citizens to resist the Nazi policies and encouraged non-violent political dissent.  The White Rose members knew that to be silent in the face of evil was to surrender to it, encourage it, and enable it to grow stronger.  Thus, their movement united others to resist Nazi tyranny by striving to eradicate the “face of evil” before it destroyed more innocent lives.  According to an exhibit on display at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., “Of all the groups in Germany that opposed Hitler’s dictatorship, only one, code-named ‘White Rose’, openly protested the Nazi genocide against the Jews.”


It has been said, “To forget a Holocaust is to kill twice.” Organizations like Yahad in Unum, Yad Vashem, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and other Holocaust organizations emphasize the importance of remembering individual victims in their work. They focus on retrieving individual identities of those who were murdered during the Holocaust, in an effort to ensure they are remembered as unique human beings rather than anonymous victims. In the same spirit of remembrance, research and write about the life (pre-war, during, and post-war) of one victim of the Nazi regime in order to preserve his or her memory. Next, explain why it is important that you, as a student 73 years after the Holocaust, continue to remember these stories and give identity and voice to the victims.


Length: 500-1000 words

Eligibility:  Students in grades 6-8 at the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic year may participate.  Students may win an award only once in each school category.


Length: 750-1500 words

Eligibility:  Students in grades 9-12 at the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic year may participate.  Students may win an award only once in each school category.


  • Does the essay completely address this year’s essay contest topic?
  • Have you given your essay a descriptive title?
  • Is your essay the required length?
  • Is your essay typed, double-spaced, with left and right margins set at 1 inch, on one side of white 8.5 by 11 inch paper with Times New Roman font?
  • Have you made sure that your name, school, or city DOES NOT appear anywhere on the essay manuscript (only on the attached entry form)?
  • Did you include parenthetical citations of sources used?
  • Does your essay have a standardized Works Cited page?
  • Did you completely fill out the entry form provided by your teacher?

WHITE ROSE AWARDS: Ten students from grades 6-8 and also from grades 9-12 will be honored with a symbolic white rose.  From these top essays, first, second, and third place cash prizes will be awarded as follows:

Grades 6-8                                                                                 Grades 9-12

First prize             $250                                                               First prize             $250

Second prize       $150                                                                 Second prize       $150

Third prize           $50                                                                Third prize          $50

All students selected for outstanding essays will be inducted in to the Friends of the White Rose – Tulsa Region at a special recognition ceremony.  Winning essays will be posted on our website:

JUDGING CRITERIA:  Each essay will be judged using the following criteria:

  • Depth of research
  • Quality of writing
  • Fulfillment of the prompt requirements
  • Accuracy of factual information
  • Responsible citation of sources consulted
  • Fulfillment of contest requirements concerning topic, eligibility, guidelines, and endorsement

Note:  Any essay that does not address the ENTIRE prompt will be disqualified.

SUBMISSIONS:  Sponsoring teachers may hand deliver, submit by US mail, or electronically submit their students’ essays.  A completed entry form for each student’s submission must also be included.  These must arrive no later than March 13, 2018.  Essays should be delivered or mailed to

The White Rose Essay Contest

The Jewish Federation of Tulsa

2021 East 71st Street

Tulsa, OK  74136

Download an entry form.

Soccer Under the Swastika: Stories of Survival and Resistance During the Holocaust

Soccer Under the Swastika: Stories of Survival and Resistance during the Holocaust

Now – September 3, 2017

Author Talk, Thursday July 27th at 5PM

In Soccer under the Swastika: Stories of Survival and Resistance during the Holocaust, Kevin E. Simpson reveals the surprisingly powerful role soccer played during World War II. From the earliest days of the Nazi dictatorship, as concentration camps were built to hold so-called enemies, captives competed behind the walls and fences of the Nazi terror state.

Cinema 51-The Museum Gala

Cinema 51: The Museum Gala

Honoring Michelle and Clark Wiens of Circle Cinema

at The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art


Tulsa, Oklahoma, October 29, 2017– The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art is pleased announce an evening honoring Michelle and Clark Wiens of Circle Cinema at this year’s premier fundraising event titled Cinema 51: The Museum Gala.


Circle Cinema partners with both the Jewish Federation of Tulsa and The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art for the Annual Oklahoma Jewish Film Festival. Along with the festival, Michelle Wiens was instrumental in bringing Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation now the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education to The Museum to showcase Holocaust survivors living in Oklahoma.


The Mission of Circle Cinema is to educate, enlighten and entertain their guests 365 days a year through selected features and programs that expose and connect our community to global issues, environments and cultures. In comparison the Museum’s mission is to preserve and promote Jewish heritage, culture, and history through art and education. Our similar missions are what draws us to each other and helps continue to educate the greater community.


During the course of the evening, we will be celebrating the Museum’s 51st anniversary and the success of the Circle Cinema! The evening’s festivities and entertainment include cocktails and dinner catered by Chef James Shrader of the Palace Café. Patrons and guests will also preview a special exhibition celebrating Jewish motion pictures and cinema in Tulsa.

Please contact Tracey Herst-Woods, Director of Development and Programs, 918.492.1818, for patron and ticket information.

Dr. Joel Dimsdale-The Anatomy of Malice: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals


Please join us at The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art on Thursday, May 11, at 7 pm to hear Dr. Joel Dimsdale give a lecture on his newest book, The Anatomy of Malice: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals. Lecture is free, and a book signing will follow.

In Anatomy of Malice: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals, Dimsdale conducts a detailed examination-using 21st century diagnostic tools-of four Nazi war criminals: Robert Ley, Hermann Göring, Julius Streicher, and Rudolf Hess. His talk will probe the psychological nature of those who perpetrated the Shoah and the implications that research holds today.

A review of the book can be found here:

The lecture is presented in conjunction with The Laureate Institute for Brain Research.