Aug 8

JCC of Central New Jersey

Book talk and signing

JCC of Central New Jersey * 

 1391 Martine Avenue

 Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

 (908) 889-8800

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*Event sponsored by the JCC but to to be held at Congregation Beth Israel, 18 Shalom Way (1920 Cliffwood Street), Scotch Plains. More info here

1:00 pm13:00

Museum of Play

Book talk and signing

The Strong National Museum of Play

1 Manhattan Square Drive

Rochester, NY 14607

 (585) 263-2700


2:15 pm14:15

SUNY- Stonybrook

Book talk and signing

SUNY - Stonybrook

Social and Behavioral Sciences Building (SBS)

Room S-101 

100 Nicolls Road

Stony Brook, NY 11794

631-632-7063 or 632-OLLI 

*Talk is presented by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at SUNY-Stonybrook

Osher's Website



1:00 pm13:00

Jewish Museum of Maryland

Book talk and signing

Jewish Museum of Maryland

15 Lloyd Street

Baltimore, MD 21202

In conjunction with the exhibit Just Married! Wedding Stories from Jewish Maryland, the Jewish Museum of Maryland presents a book talk by photographer Marisa Scheinfeld. Scheinfeld’s new book, The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland, presents a contemporary view of dozens of Borscht Belt hotels and bungalow colonies, taking the viewer deep into the heart of the lost world of the beloved region.

A Catskill native, Scheinfeld spent many a summer day swimming in the pools and lakes of Ulster and Sullivan counties. At the Museum, Marisa will discuss the history of the Borscht Belt and detail its rise, fall and impact. She will discuss her connections to the region and the layered meanings behind the photographs. Her talk will also illustrate the Borscht Belt’s significance as a destination for many honeymooners, including that of her maternal grandparents.

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6:00 pm18:00

Noah Webster Weekend

Book signing (only) at the Art Walk at the Noah Webster Weekend, an annual celebration of literacy, history and Noah Webster in Goshen, New York.

West Main Street

Goshen, NY

Link to event

10:30 am10:30

Temple Israel

Book signing at Temple Israel (Lawrence, NY) in conjunction with the temple's program entitled "The Jewish Experience," 

Temple Israel of Lawrence

140 Central Avenue

Lawrence, NY 11559

(516) 239-1140


7:30 pm19:30

JCC Mid-Westchester

Book Signing in conjunction with the screening of Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort. 

Kutsher’s Country Club was the last surviving Jewish resort in the Catskills, a family-owned and operated resort for over 100 years. This award-winning documentary captures a last glimpse of a lost world as it disappears before our eyes. The Catskills resorts were not only a Jewish refuge and family vacation paradise, they also gave birth to American stand-up comedy, an NBA All-Star tradition, and all-inclusive resorts.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 7:30-9:30pm – $15

Screening followed by Q&A with comedian Scott Blakeman and Marisa Scheinfeld 


Marisa Scheinfeld, author of the newly published The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland, will join the film screening conversation. Her book will be available for sale & signing. 

6:30 pm18:30

Researching New York | New York State History Conference at the New York State Museum


THE BORSCHT BELT will be at the 2017 Researching New York Conference. This year's theme is -- Looking Back - Looking Forward: Exploring Intersections of Society, Culture, Policy and Law (November 17-19, 2016) 

The Borscht Belt: Past, Present and Future
Marisa Scheinfeld, Photographer and Author

Join photographer and author Marisa Scheinfeld for a lively discussion of the “Borscht Belt”—a region in the southernmost part of the Catskill Mountains that was once the playground of American Jews. Scheinfeld, who grew up in the region, has spent the past five years documenting the dramatic degradation of some of the most famous Borscht Belt hotels, resorts, and bungalow colonies. As a special addition to the lecture, Scheinfeld will exhibit 2-D and 3-D original objects and Borscht Belt memorabilia from her personal collection.  Book signing to follow. 

Location: NYS Museum 

222 Madison Avenue 

Albany, NY 12230 

Event Link

Researching NY 2016 Website

For further information– please contact: resrchny@albany.edu

*The conference is sponsored by the University at Albany Department of History, the New York State Historical Association and cosponsored by the University at Albany M.E. Grenander Special Collections & Archives, the New York State Archives Partnership Trust and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government.


7:00 pm19:00

SUNY Albany

Book signing and presentation in conjunction with the State University at Albany's Judaic Studies Program.

For more information contact cjs@albany.edu or call the Judaic Studies Department at (518) 442-4130.

Event will take place at:

William K. Sanford Library

629 Albany Shaker Road

Loudonville, NY 11211

(518) 458-9274

William K. Sanford Library Website

12:00 pm12:00


Book talk and signing at the 92Y. 

Today the Borscht Belt is recalled through the nostalgic lens of summer swims, Saturday night dances and comedy performances. But, forgotten about and exhausted, much of its structural environment has been left to decay. Photographer Marisa Scheinfeld journeyed into the abandoned sites where resorts, hotels and bungalow colonies once boomed in the Catskill Mountains. As she details the history of the Borscht Belt’s rise, fall and impact, she shows us a contemporary view of the hotel and bungalow sites which have now become reclaimed by nature or vandalized or marked by paintball players and graffiti artists. Cornell University Press will release The Borscht Belt, which features essays by Stefan Kanfer and Jenna Weissman Joselit, on October 4, 2016.

Event link and ticket purchase

92 Y

1395 Lexington Avenue

New York, NY 10128

4:00 pm16:00

Kenise Barnes Fine Art

Please join us for a talk and book signing with Marisa Scheinfeld whose book, The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America's Vacationland will be released on October 4, 2016 from Cornell University Press. Books will be available for purchase following the talk.

Event link

Kenise Barnes Fine Art

1947 Palmer Avenue

Larchmont, NY 10538

(914) 834-8077

KBFA Website

3:00 pm15:00

Medium Festival of Photography

Marisa will attend the Medium Festival of Photography in San Diego, CA on October 20-23, 2016. This four-day festival is in its 5th year and brings photographers together for lectures, collaboration and to share their work. To register click here. For more information email info@mediumsandiego.org. 

Medium Festival of Photography

Lafayette Hotel

San Diego, CA

Marisa's Lecture: October 22, 3: OO PM

Line-up of festival events here





2:00 pm14:00

The Samuel Dorsky Museum Of Art, SUNY New Paltz

Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 2:00 PM
Student Union Building: Room 62/63

The Student Art Alliance and Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presents a public lecture and book signing by photographer Marisa Scheinfeld. This program will highlight the museum's exhibition, CAMPSITE. 

CAMPSITE is a group exhibition made up of artists who engage in a spirit of play and who create artworks that are in touch with the seriousness of playful exploration. The exhibition draws inspiration from the traditions and aesthetics associated with the region’s rich history of summer camps. From sleepaway camps for kids to pleasure palace resorts for adults, these sites conjure up the promise of new adventures, diversions, libidinal pursuits, and unfettered experimentation. Historically, this experience spans race, class and culture. Summer camp can be an escape, a state of mind, or a metaphor by which to confront emotional longings and dislocations of contemporary life. The exhibition will run from June 18–November 13, 2016, in the Dorsky Museum’s Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery. 

Dorsky Museum Website

6:00 pm18:00

The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America's Jewish Vacationland

Exhibition on view: August 11, 2016 - November 18, 2016

Opening Reception & Book Talk: Thursday, October 13, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

The traveling exhibit The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America's Jewish Vacationland will open on August 11 at the Gershman Y Center for Arts and Culture in Philadelphia. The exhibit, which documents the dramatic decline of the resorts of New York’s Catskills region, will be on view in the Borowsky Gallery until November 18. At the Gershman, thirteen large-scale works from the series will be on view, including a selection of Borscht Belt ephemera from the artists personal collection. An official opening and book signing will take place on Thursday, October 13 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

The Gershman Y

Borowsky Gallery

401 South Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19147


Event Link

Gershman Y Website


Photographing a Home in the Catskills, Then & Now, Jewish Exponent


Broad Street Review

Philadelphia Weekly: Fall Arts