Get Set for a Big Night Out — on a Very Big Night in America

The biggest night of the year for Jewish singles is just around the corner: Christmas Eve. Besides hitting your favorite Chinese restaurant or the multiplex, singles of all ages have the chance to dance, dance, dance — or at least go out and meet someone new.

Andrew Spivack and Adam Solomon — the dynamic duo who have been running Philadelphia's Christmas Eve dances for the past nine years — are teaming up with Philly's own Jewish singles and young professionals group, The Collaborative, for this year's event on Monday, Dec. 24.

Actually, this year, they are holding two events: the "To Life!" dance for party-goers ages 21 and older at Cuba Libre, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; and a new event, the "L'Chaim Party," for those ages 40 and up at 32° Luxe Lounge, slated to take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Then, at the strike of 10 p.m., "the doors will open between the two clubs," said Spivack, merging the two parties into one.

You'll find Cuba Libre, an Old City restaurant, at Second Street off Market; 32° is located at 10 S. Second St.

If you have any energy left after the parties' scheduled closing time at 2 a.m., Spivack said that an "afterparty" will continue until 3:30 a.m., at Lounge 125, which is just down the road at Second Street off Chestnut.

With two DJs playing hip-hop and old-school music, along with a flurry of drink specials, Spivack assured that the evening should be promising.

"It's a way for Jews to hang out with other Jews on Christmas Eve," he offered. "It's something else to do besides eat Chinese and go to a movie."

Helps Pay the Bills
Spivack, a bankruptcy and foreclosure attorney, who is married and has two small children, has been running Jewish-themed dances with his friend, Adam Solomon, a restaurant manager, since 1997.

"We met through mutual acquaintances and decided that we wanted to start hosting parties," he explained, adding that the joint venture helped pay the bills in law school.

Their business, Pulse Promotions, organizes about six social events a year, most of them with a Jewish theme.

"We've had people who have gotten engaged, married. Every year, we receive phone calls from people in their 40s and 50s who want an event like this," attested Spivack.

Lots of 40-and-over singles are looking forward to attending the "L'Chaim Party."

Noted Spivack: "People have said that they don't want to hang out with their children" at singles events.

Spivack is expecting as many as 800 people at the "To Life!" party, and maybe about 125 at the "L'Chaim" event.

He made it a point to say that neither venue will be serving kosher food or drink; however, a portion of the proceeds will go to Jewish Heritage Programs. JHP helps enrich the lives of university students by connecting them with their religious roots and history through activities like Shabbat programming, mentoring, social events and community service.

For more information on either event, log on to: www.pulse

But if you're planning on being in one of a half-dozen other major cities on Dec. 24, the Matzo Ball people are hosting what they bill as "the nation's 'No. 1 Party,' " in six cities: New York; Boston; Boca Raton, Fla.; Miami; Chicago; and Washington, D.C.

Organizers claimed that last year's event attracted more than 10,000 people. For more information, visit:

Back in Philly, though, Yael Levin, assistant director of The Collaborative, remarked that the Christmas Eve ball is the biggest singles social event of the year.

"It's a lot of fun," she said with gusto. "There's a ton of people. It's the biggest event of the year, Jewishly, in Philadelphia. If you know people, you'll run into them. If you don't, you'll meet them."

Levin, 25, who has been working for The Collaborative for about a year now, described last year's dance as "a lot of fun."

"It gets crowded as the night goes on and people dance," she said. "A lot of people come home for the holidays, and people who don't usually go out a lot wind up showing up. There are a lot of new faces.

"It's a great night to check out the scene in Philadelphia," she insisted. "It's the Jewish day to do things."

See you on the dance floor!

Roy S. Gutterman is a Syracuse, N.Y.-based writer. To contact him, visit:



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