Scattered Among the Nations

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Hardcover: 252 pages
Publisher: Weldon Owen (December 8, 2015)
Produced by: Visual Anthropology Press

Scattered Among the Nations


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"An exquisite new look at Jewish diversity takes the reader on a journey around the globe to document extraordinary communities in exotic locales...."
- The Jerusalem Post, 12/18/15


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 unique photographs and interviews document populations that remain on the geographic and cultural fringes of the Jewish Diaspora. From the Benei Menashe tribes in the hills of northeastern India to the Abayudaya of Mbale, Uganda, from the Inca Jews of the Peruvian Andes to the Jewish community of Rusape, Zimbabwe (with its own Jewish gospel choir), each of these communities maintains its traditions apart from the mainstream Jewish community, struggling to preserve Jewish practice, rituals and culture amidst often harsh surroundings.

In Scattered Among the Nations, Schwartz, Carter and Sand will introduce readers to the diverse faces and places that comprise the hidden Jewish world at the dawn of the new millennium. With sixteen chapters profiling different communities, and hundreds of large, color photographs and never-before told stories, the book will make readers feel that, like the artists themselves, they have become intimate friends with Jews in places they never dreamed existed.



BRYAN SCHWARTZ, an Oakland, California-based civil rights attorney, conceived Scattered Among the Nations in the spring of 1999, visiting Jews in 30 countries and over 100 towns and villages on five continents. These communities inspired Bryan with new enthusiasm for Jewish practice through their unshakeable devotion and unbounded warmth and kindness. Bryan led the effort to create Scattered Among the Nations, Inc. to educate about Jewish diversity and assist isolated Jewish communities in gaining the recognition and resources to meet their needs. Bryan has spoken to audiences regarding Scattered Among the Nations in four languages on five continents. His images, articles, and discourse regarding diverse Jewish communities have been published worldwide, from National Geographic to Fox News, from NPR to KPFA, from Ha'aretz to the Jewish Forward, from the Jerusalem Report, to Hadassah, to B'nai B'rith Magazine, to Moment. Bryan's "Scattered Among the Nations," "Jews of Color: In Color!" and "Jews of Color: a Renaissance" exhibits have shown throughout the United States since 2003, at galleries, universities, synagogues, Jewish Community Centers, and Jewish museums, from the San Francisco Bay Area, to Washington, DC; from New York City, to St. Paul, Minnesota; from Boston, to Houston, Texas.


JAY SAND is a musician, educator, writer and world traveler who has been documenting isolated Jewish communities since the 1990s. His multimedia "Jews of Africa" presentations have introduced community groups around United States to the diversity of the Jewish people. In 2009 he founded All Around This World, a global music and world cultures program for young children and their grown-ups. He currently teaches multicultural music classes both in person and online and designs global cultures curriculum materials for schools.


SANDY CARTER is a semi-retired photojournalist living in Bellingham, Washington. She co-authored the book, Women in Medicine. A Celebration of Their Work, with renowned Canadian photographer, Ted Grant. She has photographed throughout the world working on numerous documentary projects. Her images appear in exhibitions and publications worldwide. Sandy's documentary-style work is achieved without the use of added light: she photographs her subjects unobtrusively in their environment with only the use of ambient light. For more of Sandy's work, visit


Bryan Schwartz Jay Sand Sandy Carter
Bryan Schwartz Jay Sand Sandy Carter