Take a virtual journey across some of the most interesting and off-the-beaten path Jewish communities on four different continents: from India’s historic Bene Israel community, to Alaska’s tight-knit “Frozen Chosen,” to Ecuador’s opulent JCC located just miles from the center of the world, to Myanmar’s miraculous Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue in Yangon. This talk will explore the survival and resilience of Jewish life in places you might least expect to find it.
Dan Fellner is a seven-time Fulbright fellow with over 35 years of experience in corporate public relations, television news, travel writing and university teaching in the United States, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia. Fellner began his career as a television news and sports reporter at stations in four different American cities. He later spent 10 years in corporate public relations. In 1998, Fellner joined Arizona State University as a faculty associate and has taught courses in print and broadcast journalism, public relations, international mass media, intercultural communications and travel writing. Fellner is a faculty affiliate with ASU’s Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies, and currently teaches courses in travel writing, Eastern Europe, Asia, and other foreign destinations for ASU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Fellner is a three-time Fulbright Scholar (Latvia, Moldova and Bulgaria) and four-time Fulbright Senior Specialist (North Macedonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Indonesia). He also works as a travel writer and has published more than 85 travel articles in publications around the world.