Can Kutsher’s, the Catskills’ last kosher resort, be saved?
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Can Kutsher’s, the Catskills’ last kosher resort, be saved?

It was a brand name

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Harry Galinsky

“It was fun to work there,” says Harry Galinsky, a former superintendent of schools in Paramus. As an educator, he was off in the summers, he explains, and spent six weeks there in the ’50s as maitre d’hôtel. He enjoyed “a tremendous relationship with other staff members. It was a prize job for young people,” he notes, “what with being in the country and out of the hot city and making enough money to pay for college.”

A retiree who lives in Florida, Galinsky recalls that there were “always a lot of complaints by people working for hotel owners, but the Kutshers were very good to their staffs – who were very loyal” and who always spoke well about the hotel and the family to guests and others.

Galinsky said of the attempt to “save” the venerable resort, “They would be wise to reflect upon what made Kutsher’s a success and to follow some of those precepts. It was a brand name, and you came up there expecting to find wonderful food and wonderful entertainment.”

Also, “the place looked good and you felt good being a guest there.”

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