WHAT WE DO
We travel to the four corners of the earth in search of little-known Jewish stories in the familiar and unexpected exotic places. We set these stories against the broad background of the local history, culture, traditions, and beliefs. Then, we share these stories with you in our lectures, books, blog posts, and magazine articles.
Our mission is to foster cross cultural diversity, tolerance, inclusion, and understanding around the world with an emphasis on Jewish history.
But wait, there is more! Over the years, we explored more than 70 countries of Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and many islands. So, in addition to the fascinating Jewish history, we tell stories about exotic places, people, and cultures. Our followers keen on adventure and special-interest travel will find plenty of practical advice and useful information. Browse our blogs, come to our lectures, and we are sure that you will find something interesting to read, listen to, and watch.
RECENT & UPCOMING EVENTS
Most virtual and in-person lectures and other events are free and open to the public. Please check our schedule for dates and times.
|October 19, 2023 at 7:00 PM, Alex Shaland presents his writing workshop for children and adults “Telling a Story Like a Penguin.” This event is hosted by the Coventry Branch of Heights Libraries
January 9, 2024 at 11:00 AM, Irene Shaland presents her virtual lecture “Rediscovering Portuguese Secrets: Little-Known Jewish History that Changed the World.” This event is hosted by the Baltimore Zionist District organization.
January 28, 2024 at 7:00 PM, Irene Shaland presents her virtual lecture “Acts of Loving Kindness During the Holocaust: Unknown Stories from Cuba, Corsica, Malta, and Calabria.” This event is hosted by the Baltimore Zionist District organization.
February 27, 2024 at 11:00 AM, Irene Shaland presents her virtual lecture“The Hidden History of Jewish People on the Islands of Madeira and Azores and the Unsolved Mystery of a Sefer Torah.” This event is hosted by the Baltimore Zionist District organization.
|March 13, 2024 at 5:30 PM, Alex Shaland presents his writing and publishing workshop “How to Become a Published Author.” This event is hosted by the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve.
|For a complete list of our lectures and photography shows please see our Schedule
Ready to Travel the Jewish World? We will take your interest group on a virtual trip to the most exotic and unexpected places on earth searching for treasures of Jewish history. Our Memories of the Holocaust series examines the painful past and often controversial present. Based on our exploration journeys around the globe and first-hand experience, our Meet New People and Cultures series will open new horizons and foster cross-cultural diversity and understanding.
What audiences say: “Last night’s presentation… was simply mind-blowing! I wish you could turn it into a documentary or a movie. Obviously, the questions that you are posing are not just about Jews, they are about tolerance, humanism, and probably even fate of the civilization.” – J.M. Read more audience comments.