The Scattered Tribe
Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond
By Ben G. Frank
(Globe Pequot, Paperback, 9780762770335, 320pp.)
Publication Date: October 2011
This book is an odyssey to discover exotic Jewish communities around the world––a road map of travel and adventure set in such locals as Russia (including Siberia), Tahiti, Vietnam, Myanmar, India, Cuba, Morocco, Algeria, and Israel.
Ben G. Frank is the author of A Travel Guide to Jewish Europe, A Travel Guide to Jewish Russia and Ukraine, and A Travel Guide to the Jewish Caribbean and South America. He has published articles in National Jewish Monthly of B’nai B’rith, American Zionist, the Jewish Digest, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Jewish Week, the Jewish Press, the Jewish Exponent, and the Jewish Frontier.
"Ben Frank provides a fascinating, varied account of modern Jewish life across the globe. I learned something new on every page, and enjoyed the book immensely."
––Martin Fletcher, former NBC News Middle East correspondent and Tel Aviv Bureau chief, is the author of Walking Israel: A Personal Search for the Soul of a Nation, Breaking News, and The List.
“Whenever Ben Frank writes a new book on the pulsating and multi-dimensional Jewish world, it’s cause for celebration. The Scattered Tribe proves the point yet again. Bravo!”
––David Harris, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee
"A fascinating ode to a resilient people. Ben Frank reveals the road less traveled, following members of "the tribe" who have made lives for themselves in some of the most surprising and far-flung places around the globe."
––Pat Farnack, WCBS Radio
“Ben Frank’s guides transcend the genre of travel books that crowd bookcases with facts and figures…his books have emerged as deep insights into places, cultures, histories through the voices of those who live there––stewards of tradition, caretakers of the present and the future. His interviews weave Jewish communities––who share concerns and joys common to many of us into the global community thus shrinking the distance among all travelers…”
––Maria Lisella, author of Amore on Hope Street and Two Naked Feet, contributor to FOXNews.com and other travel outlets
"Once again we are in Ben Frank's debt, as he takes us with him on his travels around today's changing and challenging Jewish world. The Scattered Tribe is filled with wonderful tales of past, present, and future, together with fascinating research and practical information, we are swept along on the trip of a lifetime through Russia, Siberia and the Far East, Tahiti, Ho Chi Minh City and Myanmar, India and North Africa, Cuba, and finally, a nostalgic return to Israel. Ben finds Jews and Jewish history everywhere. Ultimately, it is a grand essay about worldwide Jewish identity today, and leaves one ready to depart with him on his next journey––to wherever! Whether you like to travel or stay-at-home, it is not to be missed."
––Rabbi Jonathan Porath, Jerusalem, former member of the JDC Russian Department Senior Staff