In this unique new class, Professor Phil Brown will talk about the Jewish experience in the Catskills: from the first Jewish boarding house just before the turn of the 20th century, through the decline and current transformation. You’ll see the hotels and bungalow colonies and learn about the people who stayed and worked there, as well as the food and entertainment that sustained them. Professor Brown’s many years of living and working in the Catskills provides a rich trove of material on this magical world that continues to resonate in the popular imagination. He will also discuss the inaccuracy of certain portrayals of the Catskills in popular culture, such as in the film Dirty Dancing and TV show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, while talking about the accuracy and deep sensitivity of films such as Sweet Lorraine and A Walk on the Moon.
Catskill Culture: A Mountain Rat’s Memories of the Great Jewish Resort Area, by Phil Brown
In the Catskills: A Century of The Jewish Experience In “The Mountains” – Phil Brown, ed.
Summer Haven: The Catskills, the Holocaust, and the Literary Imagination — Holli Levitsky and Phil Brown, eds.
Borscht Belt Bungalows: Memoirs of Catskills Summers, by Irwin Richman
Paradise, New York, by Eileen Pollack
He Had It Made, by Sidney Offit