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Brotherhood Speaker: Phil Brown

Friday, October 30, 2020 12 Cheshvan 5781

8:00 PM - 9:30 PMZoom

Phil Brown is the authority of the Jewish experience in the Catskills.

Join the CONGREGATION as we welcome Phil Brown, Founder and President of the Catskills Institute. Phil will talk about the Jewish experience in the Catskills, from the first Jewish boarding house just before the turn of the 20th century, through the decline and current transformation. In this presentation, he will show images of the hotels and bungalow colonies, the people who stayed and worked there, and the food and entertainment that sustained them. Start your summer or plan next summer by revisiting this historic vacation destination!

Phil Brown studies the Jewish experience in the Catskill Mountains. He is founder and President of the Catskills Institute, an organization that works to record and remember the history of the Catskills through conferences, public speaking, support of scholarly research, collecting materials for the world’s largest archive of Catskills items, and running a large website: For 13 years in a row he ran an annual History of the Catskills Conference. Most recently he has focused on the experience of the Holocaust and immediate period after in the Catskills. His books are "Catskill Culture: A Mountain Rat's Memories of the Great Jewish Resort Area," "In the Catskills: A Century Of The Jewish Experience In “The Mountains” (editor), and "Summer Haven: The Catskills, the Holocaust, and the Literary Imagination," (co-editor with Holli Levitsky). Phil Brown is University Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Health Sciences at Northeastern University where he directs the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute and is on the Executive Committee of the Jewish Studies Program. Phil plays piano in the klezmer band Too Klez for Comfort.


Phil Brown has been kind enough not to charge a fee to our synagogue for his presentation. He has asked that those who can give a voluntary contribution to please do so when filling out the RSVP form. A large portion of your donation will go to the following charities:  Workers' Circle Boston, United Hatzalah of Israel, and Save a Child's Heart.
Please note if you prefer to pay by check:  This form will require you to pay by credit card.  If you are NOT comfortable entering your credit card information online but would still like to make a donation, please LEAVE THE BOX ABOVE BLANK and enter the amount of your donation in the comment box below and mail a check made payable to Scarsdale Synagogue Brotherhood (mark Phil Brown in memo) to:

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Scarsdale, NY  10583
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