"We talk about how Jews live everywhere but Bryan Schwartz has actually visited them and photographed and recorded their stories. These unforgettable images and the corresponding text are beautiful, even breathtaking. Scattered Among the Nations is a Jewish (Inter) National Geographic, wisely reminding us that the strategies for survival of Jews in distant lands may be relevant to our own."
– Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, Emanu-El Scholar at Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco and author of books on Jewish spirituality and mysticism, including I'm God; You're Not (Jewish Lights)
This excuisite book is a gift to the Jewish people, dramatically stretching our understanding of "Jewish." Bryan Schwartz reminds us that we are an "am olam"—at once an eternal people and a people of the world. A book to be savored, read and re-read, and transmitted from one generation to the next.
– Yossi Klein Halevi, Senior Fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem
Since the destruction of the ancient Temple in Jerusalem, Jews have found the abundance of diversity in cultures of the Diaspora a perfect cauldron for creating their unique brand of Judaism over several millenia. Scattered Among the Nations is a splendorous testament to the adaptability, richness, and beauty of the relationship between these Diasporic Jews and the nations they call home.
– Yale Strom, Award-winning artist/ethnographer, artist-in-residence Jewish Studies Program, San Diego State University
With eloquent words and superb photos, Schwartz, Sand, and Carter introduce us to our Jewish brothers and sisters in isolated Jewish communities around the world. The authors take us on a profound and fascinating journey to witness the diversity of these communities and their shared passion for Judaism.
– Harriet Bograd, President, Kulanu, Inc.
"It is when we witness the full panoply of our varied worldwide cultures that we begin to understand who and what the Jewish people actually are. Bryan Schwartz’s beautiful pictures and profound writing help us view the large horizon of the origins and the reach of Judaism and its believers in every corner of this planet. From the Amazon to Ghana; from India to Bukhara; this book tells a wonderful story in brilliant and exciting prose and stunning pictures; a story that needs to be told. There is no better way to reflect in high relief the full range of this glorious people and its remarkable history."
– Rabbi Steve Gutow, President and CEO, Jewish Council for Public Affairs
"Finally, a beautifully presented book on Jewish diversity around the world brings to the forefront what we might have thought was well known, and breaks down not only stereotypes, but opens windows into lives from the hills of Portugal to the plains of Africa."
– The Jerusalem Post
"In an age when ethnic and religious clashes are all too common, a book like this offers a lot of hope. The people in these pictures are of all ages, shapes, skin colors and social status. Many have endured drought, famine, and persecution. But they aren’t talking about their hardships. Instead, they are excited to share their candles, their ostrich feathers, their faith in any language."
– The Jewniverse
“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.”
– Hadassah Magazine