Party Like a Mensch

There is perhaps no more exclusive guest list than that of the chosen people -- luckily, they're a bunch of menschen at the 27th Annual Matzoball, so the goyim are welcome. Yes, for nearly three decades, the sons and daughters of Abraham have rolled their eyes at their gentile brethren cooped up at home with their families and home-cooked meals -- lame! Hosted by the Society of Young Jewish Professionals and JDate, this isn't just a ball but an opportunity for networking and the great Jewish tradition of matchmaking. Bubbe will be so happy! For the young, hip, and Jewish of South Florida, Christmas Eve is the biggest party night of the year. South Florida isn't the only place, of course; 11 cities across the country (and Montreal!) roll out the red carpet for the Matzoball, but not every city gets multiple, simultaneous soirees to call its own. The Matzoball takes place at Il Bacio (29 SE Second Ave., Delray Beach) and at Pangaea Lounge (5711 Seminole Way) and Gryphon Nightclub (5707 Seminole Way) in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $30 and can be paid in advance online or (for cash only) at the door. Visit matzoball.org. L'chaim!
Tue., Dec. 24, 9 p.m., 2013
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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