Plenty of options for Jewish young adults on Christmas Eve in the area


Christmas Day for American Jews may be reserved for Chinese food and movies but for the night before, Washington D.C. offers plenty of fun opportunities for local young professionals looking for a night out. Here’s a short preview of some of the options.

The best-known event of its kind is the MatzoBall, sponsored by the Society of Young Jewish Professionals. Founded 27 years ago in Boston but has now spread to cities all over the country, the D.C. event will take place this year at the Midtown Partyplex near Dupont Circle.

“Washington is always a big event for us,” said Jaime Blank, national events director for the MatzoBall. “We’re expecting at least 500 people.”

The party, which is co-sponsored by JDate, is aimed particularly at single young professionals and indeed has been going on long enough that Blank said there are a couple people who have met at a MatzoBall, gotten married and now have children who will be attending themselves.

The event costs $35 and tickets and information are available at

Those looking for a different venue for a Christmas Eve celebration, can for the first time try a local version of the New York City-based event The Ball, held at the Huxley not far from Farragut Square. Started 18 years ago in NYC, the event is sponsored by and for the first year will likely depend on people who have been to one there being interested in attending and bringing friends along according to Garry Rosenfield, one of the organizers for the event.

“We’re working through word of mouth type advertising,” he said.

The idea behind the event is to provide a higher-end, more upscale option for people to go to if they want, he explained.

Although not strictly a singles event, Rosenfield said it’s certainly a possibility for matches to be made.

“If singles can meet each other, then all the better,” he said.

Tickets cost $25 and can be bought at

For those who want to do some good while having a good time, a group of local young adults are hosting Falafel Frenzy at the Howard Theater starting at 9 p.m.

According to Rachel Zaentz, a member of the host committee, the event is designed for “area Jews eager to find less glitzy, more charitable social gatherings to participate in on Christmas Eve.”

This is the fourth year of the event, which has raised around $35,000 to help almost 2,000 people in need of assistance since it began. Zaentz said this year the organizers are hoping to raise another $18,000. Money raised goes to the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington which then distributes the money to local food banks and aid. The event costs $30 if you pay in advance and $35 if you pay at the door. To join, visit

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