“Jews, booze and schmooze.” That’s how three Valley Jewish social groups are hyping the ninth-annual “Mazelpalooza,” a holiday event for adults 21 and older that organizers hope will bring together singles and newcomers to the area for a night of mixing and fun.
From 8 p.m. Sunday to 2 a.m. Monday, at Martini Ranch, a newcomer mixer will offer “Jewish newish,” as billed on www.mazelpalooza.com, an opportunity to meet, mingle and network.
The mixer will include live performances by Sonorous and disc jockey Delusion starting at 9 p.m.
Arizona Adventurers, Chutzpah AZ and Tribe join the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix in presenting the event on Christmas Eve, a non-Jewish holiday.
“This is an event traditionally attended by Jewish singles, but others are certainly welcome,” said event planner Benita Hollenberg of Chutzpah AZ. “This is the big (Jewish singles) event of the year. People who don’t attend Christmas parties or look for an alternative to Christmas Eve would enjoy this. Jewish people don’t traditionally celebrate Christmas, so this gives them something really enjoyable to do.”
Hollenberg said this year’s event differs from its predecessors in that a “quiet hour” will be held before the drinking, music, dancing and revelry begin.
The time is designed to give people a chance to meet, get to know each other a bit and, possibly, later party together.
Jamie Berlin, a member of the event planning committee, said the groups have advertised heavily and expect more than 600 people to attend.
Previous Mazelpaloozas have been organized only by the federation.
“We haven’t done anything to this large of a scale before,” Hollenberg said. “We’re taking it up another notch and hoping people have a great night. We’re trying to provide an even better party atmosphere (than in the past) and continue the tradition of Mazelpalooza.”
Arizona Adventurers is a group of Jewish singles and couples in the Valley who enjoy outdoor activities.
They hike, climb, ski, bike, party, and have jumped out of airplanes. Members plan activities that they would like to attend; events aren’t limited to members.
Chutzpah AZ was formed in February 2005 by five people who wanted to create more social opportunities for young Jewish professionals in the Valley.
It’s mission is to plan events and provide outreach for new residents.
Tribe is, according to the federation Web site, “For Heebs who want to hang, Jewish singles 21-35.”
Discounted tickets are available for $25 at www.mazelpalooza.com until Friday or $30 Sunday at the door.
COCOA FOR A CAUSE
What began as a “Clark Griswald-Style” friendly rivalry between neighborhood dads for the brightest or highest Christmas display has turned into a charity event raising $15,000 and thousands of pounds of food.
For the fourth year, families in Grayhawk spent days putting up Christmas lights and preparing for people to come and view their displays, taking a page from the Chevy Chase film “Christmas Vacation.”
From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Sunday, the neighborhood’s families take turns providing the cocoa and treats in a hut where children take orders from visitors.
All proceeds raised from “Cocoa for a Cause” at 7657 E. Rose Garden Lane in Scottsdale will be given to the St. Mary’s Food Bank.
What: Mazelpalooza, Jewish meet ’n’ mixer
When: 8 p.m. Sunday to 2 a.m. Monday
Where: Martini Ranch, 7295 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale
Cost: $25 in advance at www.mazelpalooza.com, $30 at the door