Scattered Among The Nations by Bryan SchwartzScattered Among The Nations by Bryan Schwartz

Scattered Among The Nations

byBryan SchwartzAs told byJay Sand, Sandy Carter

Hardcover | December 8, 2015

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With vibrant photographs and intricate stories Scattered Among the Nations tells the story of the world’s most isolated Jewish communities in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Former Soviet Union and the margins of Europe. 

Over 2,000 years ago, a shipwreck left seven Jewish couples stranded off India’s Konkan Coast, south of Bombay. Those hardy survivors stayed, built a community, and founded one of the fascinating groups described in this book—the Bene Israel of India’s Maharasthra Province. This story is unique, but it is not unusual. We have all heard the phrase “the lost tribes of Israel,” but never has the truth and wonder of the Diaspora been so lovingly and richly illustrated. To create this amazing chronicle of faith and resilience, the authors visited Jews in 30 countries across five continents, hearing origin stories and family histories that stretch back for millennia.

Sixteen chapters featuring photographs and stories of the world’s most isolated Jewish communities, from:

- The hills of northeastern India, on the border of Myanmar

- Sub-Saharan Africa, in Ghana, on the border of Ivory Coast

- The last Jewish villages in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

- Jews at the heart of the Amazon

- Marranos coming out of hiding in Portugal and Mexico

- Jewish gauchos and ostrich barons, in the Argentine pampas and the South African veld

A foreword from Tudor Parfitt, and over 500 full color photographs and illustrations accompany these beautiful stories, and many more. The culmination of 16 years of collaboration between writers and photographers, Scattered Among the Nations is a stunning work of research and storytelling, and a rich visual documentation of the planet’s most isolated and unusual Jewish communities. Above all, it is a testament to the power of the Jewish people, and the connection that binds such different groups into one great tribe.
Bryan Schwartz, an Oakland, California-based civil rights attorney, conceived Scattered Among the Nations in the spring of 1999, thereafter visiting Jews in 30 countries and over 100 towns and villages on five continents. Bryan led the effort to create Scattered Among the Nations, Inc. (, a nonprofit or...
Title:Scattered Among The NationsFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:252 pages, 11 × 9 × 1 inShipping dimensions:11 × 9 × 1 inPublished:December 8, 2015Publisher:Weldon OwenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1681880415

ISBN - 13:9781681880419


Editorial Reviews

Scattered Among the Na­­tions has beautiful pictures—of men, women and chil­dren, homes, synagogues and landscapes—but it is not just a dramatic collection of images. The stories noted in the subtitle are eye-opening histories of far-flung communities and fascinating tales of charismatic leaders.”