Borscht Belt memories

What a trip.

On June 14, the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC opens “an exhibit”: on Jewish vacationing. Really.

topllow.JPGBut think about. How many get-away spots are associated with Jewish culture in the U.S.? Summers in the Catskills. Day trips to Coney Island. Bus journeys to Atlantic City. Winters (and Golden Years) in Florida.

The exhibit is called The Other Promised Land: Vacationing, Identity, and the Jewish-American Dream and will run through Jan. 1.

Visitors will be able to see photos, artifacts, film footage and other materials from all the Jewish vacation spots of yore.

The museum is even asking Jews to offer their own vacation photos for consideration. You can send no more than two scanned or digital vacation photos to

Watch Dirty Dancing again, raise a glass of kosher wine and check it out.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.