Scattered Among the Nations, with Bryan Schwartz
ENGLISH CORNER, CON LINDA JIMÉNEZ – This week’s trivia question: How many travelling exhibits does Scattered Among the Nations have?
Scattered Among the Nations is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the Jewish and non-Jewish world about the beauty and diversity of the Jewish people. They assist geographically and politically isolated Jewish or Judaism-practicing communities to continue embracing the Jewish religion and culture, while documenting these communities as they are today before they disappear through immigration or assimilation.
Writer/photographer Bryan Schwartz, photographer Sandy Carter and journalist Jay Sand have visited dozens of the most isolated Jewish communities in the world in recent years. Their acclaimed book of unique photographs and interviews, Scattered Among the Nations, was published in 2015, and documents populations that remain on the geographic and cultural fringes of the Jewish Diaspora.
In addition, the organization works directly with over a dozen communities in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. They help these communities through different projects such as fundraising, education, holiday support and facilitating aliyah to Israel.
Within the United States they have several travelling exhibits of photographs of these communities, and seminars about them. You can read about their latest project, “Jews of Color: a Renaissance”, here.
Bryan Schwartz, Chairman and President of Scattered Among the Nations, spoke with us about the organization and the book.