MatzoBall Offers Christmas Alternative for Jewish Singles

While matzah balls are usually served solely with chicken soup, the term has taken on a new meaning for Jewish singles looking for a little entertainment on Christmas eve. This annual "MatzoBall" treats partygoers to old school tunes and a smorgasboard of potential matches.

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Hosted by the Society of Young Jewish Professionals and JDate, single attendees looking for love have been meeting and mingling for almost three decades (26 years, to be exact). According to founder Andrew Rudnick, more than 1,000 marriages have stemmed from couples who met at the MatzoBall.

The event, geared to singles aged 21 to 49, is an easygoing experience for attendees, according to Rudnick. "The MatzoBall strives to offer high-energy environment that makes it easy and comfortable for singles to connect. There aren't rules or a set structure for matchmaking at our event."

The party goes down at LIV. They'll have a DJ spinning '80s, '90s and current hits -- and a full bar to loosen inhibitions, natch. In addition to Miami Beach, Matzoball events are hosted concurrently in NYC; Boca Raton; Los Angeles; Washington, DC; Boston; and Philadelphia.

"The MatzoBall is a singles event, but we don't go above and beyond to make it feel like one. Our events are hosted at popular nightclubs nationwide that always bring a fun and sexy crowd, so guests get the same nightlife feel. The best part is that everyone there is looking for someone, so it relieves apprehension associated with in-person dating," he adds.

The number of attendees varies, says Rudnick, but usually hovers around 1,000. That's a lot of fish in the sea.

"It's an unforgettable experience that has deep roots -- 26 years to be exact this year. More so, it allows singles to make real-time connections with others instead of using dating websites. Above all, the MatzoBall is entertaining. If guests don't find love at the event, they can always count on enjoying great drinks, music and company on Christmas Eve."

Tickets run $30 online or $40 cash at the door. Attendees can also score a night's stay at the Fontainebleau for $229. Visit The event kicks off Monday, December 24, at 8 p.m.

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