A Summer Eden: The Jewish Experience in the Catskills

Date: March 10, 2014
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: 426 Renaissance Park

Join Professor Phil Brown  (University Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Health Sciences, Director of the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute, and Director of the Catskills Institute) as he speaks about the remarkable transformation of the Catskills as a Jewish-American vacation spot.

A century ago, the celebrated Jewish resorts started in the Sullivan and Ulster County Catskills. New Yorkers hungry for mountain air, good food, and the American way of leisure came to the mountains by the thousands, and by the 1950s, more than a million people inhabited the summer world of bungalow colonies, summer camps, and small hotels. These institutions shaped American Jewish culture, enabling Jews to become more American while at the same time introducing the American public to immigrant Jewish culture.

A light lunch will be served.

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