9. Lesser Lodge

Moss grows on the edge of a pool in the Borscht Belt
Outdoor Pool, Lesser Lodge, White Sulphur Springs, NY. Photo by Marisa Scheinfeld from The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland

Lesser Lodge was a small resort on the outskirts of the Borscht Belt region near Livingston Manor in Sullivan Country. The lodge was constructed in 1923 and owned by Joseph and Sara Lesser. Lesser Lodge was a space for many events attended by Jewish New Yorkers and was a favorite spot for Bar Mitzvahs. The son of the owner, Alvin Lesser, wrote a book chronicling his time at the Lesser Lodge entitled “Memories of the Catskills: The Making of a Hotel.”