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Title In the Catskills : a century of Jewish experience in "The Mountains" / edited by Phil Brown.
Imprint New York : Columbia University Press, ©2002.

Subject Jews -- New York (State) -- Catskill Mountains Region -- Social life and customs.
Jews -- Recreation -- New York (State) -- Catskill Mountains Region.
Catskill Mountains Region (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs.
Alt Name Brown, Phil.
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 415 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 393-412).
Contents pt. 1. History: Sleeping in my parents' hotel: the end of a century of the Jewish Catskills / Phil Brown -- Jewish farmers of the Catskills / Abraham Lavenser and Clarence Steinberg -- Hotels and the Holocaust / Reuben Wallenrod -- The Catskills at the end of World War II / Martin Boris -- pt. 2. Boarding house, bungalow, and Kuchalayn life: The yearning heifer / Isaac Bashevis Singer -- Grine Felder -a place in the country / Martin Boris -- Bingo by the bungalow / Thane Rosenbaum -- Bungalow colony life / Irwin Richman -- Bungalow stories / Arthur Tanney -- pt. 3. Hotel life: Dinner at the Rigi Kulm House / Abraham Cahan -- Old stock / Hortense Calisher -- Young workers in the hotels / Phil Brown -- The pool / Eileen Pollack -- Growing up at Grossinger's / Tania Grossinger -- Five and three house / Sidney Offit -- Reflections on the Delmar Hotel and the demise of the Catskills / Jerry A. Jacobs -- pt. 4. Entertainment: Comics, singers, and tummlers / Joey Adams (with Henry Tobias) -- The social director of the adult summer camp / Moss Hart -- The casino / Harvey Jacobs -- The fine art of mountain Tummling / Joyce Wadler -- Yener Welt -music and lyrics / Phil Brown -- Shoot the shtrudel to me, Yudel! -music and lyrics / Henry Foner -- pt. 5. Romance: Miss Tevkin / Abraham Cahan -- Forbidden fruit / Harvey Jacobs -- Marjorie at South Wind / Herman Wouk -- Amy Lourie / Terry Kay -- pt. 6. Religion: Bungalow summer: the Catskills, New York / Robert Eisenberg -- The shul in Kaaterskill Falls / Allegra Goodman -- pt. 7. Food: Eating at the hotel / Sarah Sandberg -- The Catskills remembered / Vivian Gornick -- Bungalow / Elizabeth Ehrlich.
Note Print version record.
Summary Annotation Through fiction, memoir, music, photography, and art, In the Catskills highlights the Catskills experience over a century and assesses its continuing impact on American music, comedy, food, culture, and religion. It features selections from such fiction writers as Isaac Bashevis Singer, Herman Wouk, Allegra Goodman and Vivian Gornick; and original contributions from historians, sociologists, and scholars of American and Jewish culture that trace the history of the region, the rise of hotels and bungalow colonies, the wonderful flavors of food and entertainment, and distinctive forms of Jewish religion found in the Mountains.What was life--the work, the play, the food, the romance--like at Catskills Mountains resorts? These very personal recollections capture the special sense of community and real sense of freedom that developed. Far from the welter of the city, Jewish families learned to vacation and enjoy themselves, to savor the social mobility and cultural space the resorts afforded, and to nourish their culinary and comic traditions. From "Bingo by the Bungalow" by Thane Rosenbaum to "Young Workers in the Hotels" by Phil Brown to "Shoot the Shtrudel to Me Yudel" by Henry Foner, this charming anthology captures an era that has had enormous impact on the Jewish experience and American culture as a whole."Whenever I speak about the Catskills," observes editor Phil Brown, "I am struck by the strength of people's desire to relive their experiences in the Mountains." If you've visited the Catskills yourself, or heard stories from your parents or grandparents, or are just interested in this extraordinary time and place, pack your bags and prepare to enjoy your stay In the Catskills.
ISBN 0231504403 (electronic bk.)
9780231504409 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 9780231504409
OCLC # 51566869
Additional Format Print version: In the Catskills. New York : Columbia University Press, ©2002 0231123604 (DLC) 2001042319 (OCoLC)47224694

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