Traveling Exhibition


Curated by Yeshiva University Museum and Marisa Scheinfeld, The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America's Jewish Vacationland is available as a traveling exhibition. The exhibition is ready to install and exists of thirty (25” x 35” in size) custom framed images including two re-photographic project (diptych) pieces and a large selection of Borscht Belt ephemera for display in a case. This exhibition is accompanied by text panels, docent materials and promotional postcards.

At Yeshiva University Museum at The Center for Jewish History the exhibit was comprised of 25 large-scale photographs. At the Yiddish Book Center, the exhibition was comprised of 17 works. Overall, the exhibition can be tailored to each venue and curator's vision.

If you are affiliated with or know of a museum or gallery interested to host this traveling exhibition you may email Marisa or reach out to her via the Contact page.

Visit the Council of American Jewish Museum's website for further traveling exhibition details or email Marisa for a catalog.

For more information about the book, visit its official website at www.borschtbeltbook.comOn October 4, 2016, a book of the entire series was released by Cornell University Press. Marisa is also available for book talks and signings.


"These photographs portray an almost casual apocalypse. These images are affectionate without being nostalgic. The wreckage they show is almost lush with new growth. And while they really can’t compete with history’s vast iconography of ruin, their effect is unusual: The landscape of abandonment still retains signs of vitality — and we’re aware of the remarkable impact that this vitality had on American popular culture." - Edward Rothstein for The New York Times

"Her exhibit takes us claustrophobically close to the skeletal remains of the Catskills’ golden age. The show is haunted by the detritus of what once was: the missing people, the abandoned activities, the desolate places that at one time buzzed with life. Hallways are bruised and broken, strewn with crumbling plaster and fallen insulation. Wires hang from ceilings, graffiti covers the walls, moss grows over floors and up stairs. In a guestroom at the Tamarack Lodge, a pale pink rotary phone sits on a bare mattress, the receiver off the hook. And yet Scheinfeld’s photography shows that these broken hotels are very much alive." - Abigail Jones for Newsweek.


Yeshiva University Museum at The Center for Jewish History, New York, NY (8/2014 - 4/2015)

The National Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, MA (4/2015 - 11/2015)

Gershman Y, Philadelphia, PA (8/11/2016 - 11/19/2016)

New York State Museum, Albany, NY (TBD/2019)


Rizzoli Bookstore, New York, NY

Dorksy Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY

Museum at Eldridge Street, New York, NY

Medium Festival of Photography, San Diego, CA

New York Public Library, New York, NY

92Y, New York, NY

State University at Albany, Albany, NY

New York State Museum, Albany, NY

Jewish Museum of Florida, Miami Beach, FL

One Grand Bookstore, Narrowsburg, NY

Skirball Center/Temple Emanu-El, New York, NY

Tenement Museum, Tenement Talk: The Stories of Ruins, New York, NY

Archaeological Institute of America 

The Jewish Museum of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

JCC Mid-Westchester, Scarsdale, NY

Catskill Center, Arkville, NY

Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, La Jolla, CA

Ben Uri Gallery at The London Jewish Museum of Art, London, UK

Tribeca Synagogue for the Arts, New York, NY

Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY

Society for Photographic Education, Conference, San Diego, CA

PhotoWorks, Glen Echo Park, MD

The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy, New York, NY

Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, KS

Limmud NY 2016 Conference, Stamford, CT

Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center, East Hills, NY 

The 12th Annual Catskills Preservation and History Conference, Liberty, NY

Valley Variety, Hudson, NY

Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library, Monticello, NY

Congregation Rodeph Shalom, New York, NY

Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester, Rye, NY

Jewish Family Congregation, South Salem, New York

Temple Shaaray Tefila, Bedford, New York  

Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center, Bridgewater, NJ

Cragsmoor Historical Society, Cragsmoor, NY

Katonah Library, Katonah, NY

The Golden Notebook, Woodstock, NY

JCC of Greater New Haven, Woodbridge, CT

JCC Rockland, West Nyack, NY

Mandel JCC, Boynton Beach, FL

East Meadow Public Library, East Meadow, NY