Thought Provoking Thursdays: Marisa Scheinfeld The Borscht Belt

Date: October 6, 2016

Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC
775 Talamini Rd
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Contact: Receptionist

Phone: 9087256994


From the 1920s through the 1960s, the Catskill Mountains of New York were a popular vacation destination for millions of Americans. Known as the Borscht Belt, the region combined recreational activities with nighttime entertainment, especially stand-up someday, which was born in the region theaters and showrooms. At its peak the Borscht Belt was comprised of over 500 hotels and 50,000 bungalows. The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland includes introductory essays by Jewish American historian Jenna Weissman Joselit, writer Stefan Kanfer, and Marisa herself along with over 120 images.  This book is also accompanied by a traveling exhibition that was developed by the author and Yeshiva University Museum.   

$5/person (includes bagel “and”) 

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