Every summer for over 50 years, Jewish community, comedy, and culture thrived in the Catskill Mountain region in upstate New York, also known as the Borscht Belt. As we all shelter in place and yearn for more normal summer pastimes, join us to explore this bygone era in American Jewish history.
We’ll hear from Marisa Scheinfeld, a documentary photographer whose book The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America's Jewish Vacationland highlights the now-abandoned hotels, resorts, and bungalow colonies.
You’ll also discover how UJA’s work is helping people in need get through the Covid-19 crisis.
Marisa Scheinfeld was born in Brooklyn in 1980 and raised in the Catskills. She received a B.A. from the State University at 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 Wiesenthal Center, The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, and The Edmund and Nancy K. Dubois Library at the Museum of Photographic Arts.
Marisa is a frequent guest lecturer and her photographs have been exhibited widely throughout the United States and in the UK. Her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Slate Magazine, Yahoo Travel, Village Voice, The Jerusalem Post, American Photography, Tablet Magazine, and The Jewish Daily Forward. In 2016, Cornell University Press released her first book, The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America's Jewish Vacationland.
Marisa is currently a visiting assistant professor of photography at SUNY Purchase and is working on her second book.