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Borscht Belt

Borscht Belt is an informal term for the summer resorts of the Catskill Mountains in Sullivan and Ulster Counties in upstate New York. The term can also refer to the Catskill region itself.

Borscht Belt hotels, bungalow colonies, summer camps, and kuchaleyns (a Yiddish name for self-catered boarding houses) were frequented by Jewish New Yorkers, particularly in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Because of this, this area was also nicknamed, "The Jewish Alps" and "Solomon County", by the many people who visited there. Well-known resorts of the area included Brickman's, Brown's, The Concord, Grossinger's, Milton Kutsher's Country Club, The Nevele, The Pines, The Raleigh, and The Windsor.

Comedians who got their start or regularly performed in Borscht Belt resorts include: Joey Adams, Woody Allen, Morey Amsterdam, Milton Berle, Al Bernie, Shelley Berman, Mel Brooks, Lenny Bruce, George Burns, Red Buttons, Sid Caesar, Jack Carter, Norm Crosby, Bill Dana, Phyllis Diller, Shecky Greene, Buddy Hackett, Mickey Katz, Danny Kaye, Alan King, Jack E. Leonard, Jerry Lewis, Jackie Mason, Don Rickles, Freddie Roman, Jackie Vernon, Jonathan Winters, and Henny Youngman.

These resorts have been the setting for movies such as Dirty Dancing and A Walk on the Moon.

Characters inspired by Borscht Belt comics include Billy Crystal's Mr. Saturday Night and Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog.

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