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SISKIN MUSEUM
SISKIN MUSEUM OF RELIGIOUS ARTIFACTS
Chattanooga, TN
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Eastern Religions and Philosophies
Eastern European
Budha
Bronze
Chinese, 14th century
Collection
Crown
Crown for Sefer Torah
Silver
Austro-Hungarian,
19th century
Chalice

Silver

Continental

19th century

Chalice

Siskin Children's Institute
1101 Carter Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 648-1700
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Open Hours 9am-4pm M-F, Closed holidays

Siskin Museum of Religious Artifacts

A Promise Fulfilled
Badly injured in a train accident in 1942, Garrison Siskin made a promise to God that if his life and his injured leg were saved, he would spend the rest of his life helping others. God answered Garrison’s prayer and after recovery, Garrison was joined in his promise by his brother Mose and their families. The fulfillment of this promise resulted in an extraordinary tradition of generosity that today supports the programs of the Siskin Children’s Institute.

Mose and Garrison Siskin were deeply religious and gave their collection of religious artifacts to what is known today as Siskin Children’s Institute. It serves as an enduring reminder of the essential role God plays in the work of the Institute.

Origin of the Collection
Financed by Mose and Garrison Siskin, Dr. Harris Swift – the Siskin’s Rabbi – made a series of trips to Europe in the 1950’s to locate and purchase religious artifacts, particularly Judaica. As a Rabbi in England during World War II, Rabbi Swift was instrumental in helping the underground save and resettle Jewish refugees from Europe, including a number of artifact dealers. Artifacts recovered on his later trips became the core of this significant and inspiring collection.

An Enduring Reminder
The Siskin Museum of Religious Artifacts is one of the most representative collections of religious artifacts in the United States. It contains over 400 objects – 247 are Judaica and 140 are Christian. Other religions and philosophies represented include Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Confucianism. The collection is an eclectic one, with items ranging from the 16th to the 20th centuries, from crude stone and wood carvings to fine art in ivory, silver and porcelain.

The Siskin Museum of Religious Artifacts has become a place for people of all faiths to study other religions. Rabbi Swift believed that if you know why a person worships as he does, you have a better understanding of that person.

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