Podcasts The Kibitz

The Catskills—A Brief History

Season 2 Episode 3

October 31, 2017


Marisa Scheinfeld


Marisa Scheinfeld was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1980, and raised in the Catskills. She received a B.A. from the State University at Albany in 2002, and a MFA from San Diego State University in 2011. Her work is highly motivated by her interest in the ruin, or site and the histories embedded within them. Marisa’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is among the collections of The Center for Jewish History, The National Yiddish Book Center, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art & Life, The Simon Wiesenthal Center, The Dorot Jewish Division at the New York Public Library and The Edmund and Nancy K. Dubois Library at the Museum of Photographic Arts. On October 4th, 2016 Cornell University Press released her first book entitled The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland.

Her book is available here.


Eddy Portnoy

Senior Researcher and Director of Exhibitions at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

Edward Portnoy is Senior Researcher and Director of Exhibitions at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.  Eddy received his Ph.D. from the Jewish Theological Seminary. His dissertation was on cartoons of the Yiddish press. He also holds an M.A in Yiddish Studies from Columbia, having written on artists/writers Zuni Maud and Yosl Cutler. His articles on Jewish popular culture phenomena have appeared in The Drama Review, Polin, and The International Journal of Comic Art. In addition to speaking on Jewish popular culture throughout Europe and North America, he has consulted on museum exhibits at the Museum of the City of New York, Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme in Paris, and the Joods Historisch Museum in Amsterdam.

His new book, Bad Rabbi, And Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press is now available here.


Jessica Chaffin

Host of The Kibitz

Jessica Chaffin is an American actress, comedian, and writer perhaps best known as Ronna of the comedy duo “Ronna & Beverly.” Other credits include VeepSpyThe Heat, the animated show Big Mouth, and Search Party.


Dan Crane

Host of The Kibitz

Dan Crane is a journalist, musician, Jew (lax, loves lox) and retired professional air-guitarist.

He writes about culture and travel for the New York TimesWall Street JournalCalifornia SundaySlate, and numerous other publications.

He’s the author of “To Air is Human” and stars in the documentary, Air Guitar Nation.