Borscht Belt
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Region of Jewish summer resorts in the Catskill Mountains around 160 kilometers northwest of New York City which received its colloquial term from Borscht, one of the favorite dishes of its guests. From the interwar period to the 1960s, over 1,000 hotels and about 700 bungalow settlements first offered the experience of a summer resort to Jewish vacationers. Most of them appreciated diversified entertainment, which offered many performance opportunities in particular for aspiring comedians. Many…

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Stephen J. Whitfield, Waltham (MA), “Borscht Belt”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170409

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