Party For The People

So, fellow Jews, have you chosen which Christmas Day matinee you're going to hit before downing the traditional repast of sesame chicken and moo goo gai pan? Nobody suffers through the holiday season more gallantly than you do, braving the annual onslaught of ho, ho, ho and jingle bells with a knowing shrug. You deserve a party, and that's what you'll get: While your Christian friends are all gathering around the tree or sitting in church in the dark of night, the tribe will be mingling-not-jingling at Heebonism 2011, the recurring Christmas Eve party for Jews of every stripe and level of belief.

"This party has been a tradition in one form or another for almost twenty years," notes Heebonism co-founder Eric Elkins. "It's Christmas Eve, we're lonely -- so we gather together. And it's not just for singles. It's not just for people who are already heavily engaged in being part of the Jewish community. It's not just for the young set. We have singles, couples or people who want a date night -- even people who aren't usually interested in doing Jewish stuff will come to this party." And this year, the soiree is moving to a larger space -- City Hall -- since Elkins is expecting well over 500 people to come out for dancing to DJs (including DMC world champion DJ Vajra), drinking, gaming (vintage video games and Skee-Ball by 1Up!), photo-booth fun, light sculptures by Lumonics and, since Christmas Eve falls in the middle of Hanukkah, a menorah lighting.

Heebonism revs up at 8:30 p.m. and continues until 2 a.m. at City Hall, 1144 Broadway. Come early for quiet drinks or arrive later if you're looking for more rowdiness; free Ceren vodka cocktails will be served until 9:30 with the admission price of $18 in advance or $25 at the door ($20 if you also bring three non-perishable food items to donate). For more information, visit or the E-3 Events page on Facebook.
Sat., Dec. 24, 8:30 p.m., 2011


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