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What to Do Dec. 24-25

December 19, 2013
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Families find fun at the National Museum of American Jewish History on Dec. 25.

There's lots going on this year to keep you entertained when others are celebrating Christmas. In addition to these listings, see our complete online calendar.

DECEMBER  24
A Klezmer Christmas Eve
The Gershman Y hosts its inaugural Kung Pao Klezmer beginning at 6 p.m. The evening will feature Chinese cuisine courtesy of Chinatown stalwart Joy Tsin Lau, and the music of Klingon Klez, the Philly-based klezmer band that “brings klezmer from the future.”
215-545-4400

Guffaws in the Garden State
Cherry Hill gets in on the Eve action with the Katz JCC’s annual Laughter and Lo Mein event, beginning at 6:30 p.m. This year’s iteration features two comedians: Penn alumnus Dan Naturman, who has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live and his own special on Comedy Central; and Johnny Lampert, a regular at the comedy clubs in New York City. A Chinese buffet is included in the evening, and babysitting will be available.
www.katzjcc.org; 856-424-4444

Some of Your Best Friends Will Be There
Spectrum Philly will host Oy to the World: A Queer Jews and Allies Party at Lucha Cartel, the new Mexican-influenced restaurant in Old City, beginning at 8 p.m. Spectrum, which is a partnership between The Collaborative, The Jewish Graduate Student Network, and Congregation Beth Ahavah, created to build a community for LGBTQ Jews, promises that the evening’s entertainment will include classic holiday songs like “Silver Kvells,” “The Christmas Schmaltz,” “Rockin' Around the Chanukah Bush” and more.
www.spectrumphilly.org

The Dumpling Dance
The MatzoBall returns to Center City’s G Lounge at 9 p.m. Now in its 27th year since originating in New York, the event will bring together hundreds of Jewish singles from around the Delaware Valley.
www.matzoball.org

Even More to Do on the Eve
The second edition of Philadelphia’s Jewbilee, taking place at
9 p.m., is called, appropriately enough, Jewbilee-Twobilee. This year’s event will be held at Center City nightclub Rumor and will feature Philly’s own DJ Silva.
www.jspace.co/1dZ2WXz; 215-260-2326

DECEMBER  25
Kiln Time at the Museum
The zayda of all “Things to Do When You’re a Jew at Christmas” events is Being [] at Christmas, the National Museum of American Jewish History’s annual slate of activities on Christmas Day. This year’s festivities kick off at 10 a.m., and feature the nightclub for the sippy cup set, Baby Loves Disco, as well as stand-up comedy from The Great Holtzie, claymaking activities with The Clay Studio and much more.
www.nmajh.org; 215-923-3811

Junior Mitzvah Heroes
Jkidphilly invites you to make Christmas morning a Mitzvah Morning at the Abramson Center for Jewish Life. Beginning at 10 a.m., there will be crafts, snacks and loads of opportunities for kids and their families to perform mitzvoth.
www.jewishlearningventure.org; 215-360-0360
 

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