Kutsher’s Trailer

A documentary about Kutsher's Country Club by Caroline Laskow & Ian Rosenberg.

Catskills documentary helps bring together the ties that bind

 

BY ISABEL BALOTIN

Shalom Jacksonville Director

 

            Jewish people love to connect. We love to play Jewish geography when we meet someone new because it’s our way of identifying with people, places and maybe relatives we even have in common. The two screenings of the documentary, 'Welcome to Kutsher’s' have been so successful because they have done just this by bringing people together who not only shared common Catskills experience, but are profoundly bound by a common heritage.

            Kutsher’s was a typical Catskills hotels which served kosher food and where most of the waiters spoke Yiddish (even though some weren’t even Jewish). That came in handy because 99 percent of the guests who patronized these types of resorts and hotels were in fact Jewish. The Catskills, also known as the Borscht Belt was made up of comfortable and affordable resorts where you could vacation and not fear anti-Semitism. These memorable places are long gone now but the experiences remain indelibly etched in the hearts and minds of the people who stayed there.

            Those who missed the first two showings will have yet another opportunity as there will be two more scheduled in the area. The Jewish Federation of Jacksonville's s Shalom Jacksonville and one of its partners River Garden Senior Services will once again sponsor two more screenings at no charge. 'Welcome to Kutsher’s' will be shown at Beth-El at the Beaches on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. and then at Temple Bet Yam in St. Augustine on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. More information on the film and the screenings can be found in this issue and everyone in the community is invited to attend.

            Shalom Jacksonville is the official Jewish welcome wagon of Northeast Florida. If you are new to our area or are newly interested in the Jewish community, please contact me (Isabel Balotin) at 904-448-5000 ext. 206 or email me at shalomjax@jewishjacksonville.org