Jews of Color

Jews of Color


“Jews of Color: a Renaissance” is the latest project by Scattered Among the Nations to educate about Jewish diversity, profiling some of the world’s most isolated and dynamic communities.

The organization’s photography exhibits of Jewish communities around the world – Jews of Color: in Color! and Scattered Among the Nations  - toured dozens of American venues, at museums, galleries, universities, Jewish centers, and synagogues from New York to San Francisco, Houston to St. Paul, Washington, DC, to Memphis, Boston to San Jose. Articles featuring the organization’s work, and stories and images of the profiled Jewish communities, appeared in every major American Jewish publication, in secular media from National Geographic books to Fox News, and internationally, from Brazil to Israel.

The new Renaissance project features 10 large (each about 25-30 sq. feet) canvasses by Oakland, California painter Sam Renaissance, paired with the Jews of Color photographs that inspired them. Each takes a fresh approach to the question of diversity, in brilliant colors, with the urban modern style that has grown his reputation from the Bay Area to New York – his original home. Mr. Renaissance, who himself is African-American and not Jewish, was captivated by the photographs’ challenge to stereotypes both of Jews and of communities of color, and hopes the exhibit will create a new paradigm in art and in people’s thinking about religion and race.