Catskill Culture: A Mountain Rat's Memories of the Great Jewish Resort Area

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A rich ethnographical study, drawing on the memories of guests, staff, and entertainers, chronicles the development of the Jewish Catskill resorts, discussing their impact on both American and immigrant Jewish culture and tracing their slow decline since the 1970s. UP.

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A search for one's roots in the resort hotels of the Jewish Catskills

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Phil Brown, Professor of Sociology, Brown University, is co-founder of the Catskills Institute and the editor of In The Catskills: A Century of the Jewish Experience in "The Mountains."

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