Today the Borscht Belt is recalled through the nostalgic lens of summer swims, Saturday night dances, and comedy performances, but its current state, like that of many other formerly glorious regions, is nothing like its earlier status. Forgotten about and exhausted, much of its structural environment has been left to decay. In an upcoming virtual book talk with photographer Maria Scheinfeld, author of The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland, you can explore the remnants of these forgotten destinations through stunning photographs and Scheinfeld’s own memories!

Abandoned Borscht Belt Resort

The Abandoned Borscht Belt

In this talk:

  • Explore the abandoned resorts of New York’s Catskill region through stunning photographs
  • Revisit the heyday of “America’s Jewish Vacationland”
  • Take part in a Q&A with photographer and author Marisa Scheinfeld
  • Get a $10 discount code to purchase your own copy of The Borsch Belt

This illustrated webinar will feature Marisa Scheinfeld’s photographs of abandoned sites where resorts, hotels, and bungalow colonies once boomed in the Catskill Mountain region of upstate New York. The images were shot inside and outside locations that once buzzed with life as year-round havens for generations of people. In her illustrated talk, Scheinfeld will discuss the rise, fall, and impact of the Borscht Belt, along with the deeper, more layered meaning she finds in the series. Following her presentation, there will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

Ski Chalet, Nevele Grand Hotel and Resort, Ellenville, NY. Photo by Marisa Scheinfeld from The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland

Marisa Scheinfeld was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1980 and raised in the Catskills. She received a B.A. from the State University of Albany in 2002, and an MFA from San Diego State University in 2011. Her work is motivated by an interest in the landscape and its embedded histories, both apparent and hidden. Marisa’s photographic projects and books are among the collections of the Library of Congress, The New York Public Library, Yeshiva University Museum. The National Yiddish Book Center, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art & Life at UC Berkeley. The Simon Wisenthal Center, The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, and The Edmund and Nancy K. Dubois Library at the Museum of Photographic Arts. On October 4, 2016, Cornell University Press released her first book entitled The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland. Marisa is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography at SUNY Purchase and working on her second book.

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The Abandoned Borscht Belt

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