Borscht Belt on the Beach

Every year, as Christmas decorations are going up, Jews are breaking out their menorahs, dreidels, and frying pans (for latkes). But this year, Birthright Israel NEXT and The Open Tent are putting a new spin on Hanukkah tradition with a holiday party of their own. Join them this Thursday at that secular food temple, the Burger and Beer Joint for A Hanukkah Soiree, an evening of music and spoken word from local Jewish writers.

Headlining the show is Michelle Citrin, a Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter whose YouTube viral video, “20 Things to Do with Matzah,” has received over a million hits. Opening the celebration will be local favorite Jacob Jeffries and some memorable spoken word performances. B&B will have free house beer and wine from 9-10 p.m. and themed cocktails, including the Hanukkah Hammer and the Flaming Menorah. Take that Catskills!
Thu., Dec. 10, 9 p.m., 2009
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LEAH WESTON