Academic journal article Shofar

American Jewish Life

Academic journal article Shofar

American Jewish Life

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American Jewish Life

Catskill Culture: A Mountain Rat's Memories of the Great Jewish Resort Area, by Phil Brown. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1998. 312 pp. ISBN 1-56639-642-5.

A century ago, New Yorkers, hungry for mountain air, good food, and a Jewish environment combined with an American way of leisure, began to develop a resort area in the Catskill Mountains. By the 1950s this area contained bungalow colonies, summer camps, and over 900 hotels and attracted over a million people a year. Phil Brown, who with his family worked in the hotels, tells of the many elements of this environment.

Dispersing the Ghetto: The Relocation of Jewish Immigrants across America, by Jack Glazier. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1998. 232 pp. ISBN 0-8014-85770-0.

In the early twentieth century, the population of New York City's Lower East Side swelled with the arrival of vast numbers of eastern European Jewish immigrants. Established American Jews feared that their security might be threatened by the newcomers. They established the Industrial Removal Office (IRO) to assist in relocating the immigrants to the towns and cities of the nation's interior. …

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