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Berkshire Jewish Film Festival

July 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


July 29 – 8 pm
This film is a loving and nostalgic tribute to the family-run Jewish resort and bungalow culture that became known as the Borsht Belt, the inspiration for iconic films like Dirty Dancing. Through the archival film footage and reminiscences of patrons and proprietors, we see the legendary comedians, the all-you-can-eat meals served by eligible college-boy waiters, and the seductive dance instructors, and we learn this was the backdrop of an important chapter in American Jewish history. Jews were denied access to hotel and resort life and resisted their exclusion by forming their own enclaves in the scenic and welcoming Catskill mountains. These places, where Jews flocked summer after summer, offered refuge along with fun, and celebrated Yiddishkeit without restraint. More than anything they served up the power of community, both for the poor Jewish immigrants who needed to get out of the crowded city, and the well heeled crowd who wanted a lavish playground. Director Lex Gillespie is a three-time Peabody award-winning public radio journalist-turned filmmaker; this is his second film.


July 29
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Congregation Knesset Israel
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Lenox Memorial Middle and High School – Duffin Theater
197 East Street
Lenox, MA United States
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