What conjures up the spirit and joie de vivre of Purim more than hanging out in your pajamas and slippers with other young Jews in a public setting?

That might sound a bit unusual, but that’s exactly what approximately 100 Jews in their 20s and 30s did last Saturday night, Mar. 11, at the  “Purim Party at Power Plant Live!”

The soiree was co-sponsored by JHeritage, a networking group in downtown Baltimore for young adults, professionals and students; the Jewish Students Association of the University of Maryland, Baltimore; the Jewish Law Students Association of UMB; and the University Student Government Association of UMB.

Attendees — attired in their finest and favorite PJs, onesies, flannels, robes, silks, costumes or any other zany outfits– enjoyed music, consuming a delicious pancake breakfast at midnight, noshed on hamantaschen, and mingled and schmoozed the night away.

Preceding the party was an optional megillah reading at Leinenkugel’s Beer Garden. In addition, Rabbi Ariel Fishman, director of JHeritage, brought the attendees together at one point in the evening, turned down the music for a few minutes, and offered some thoughts about the meaning and spirit of the holiday.

“It was really nice,” Rabbi Fishman said. “It was a ton of fun and a ton of people. We pushed it longer because people were having such a good time, and that’s always a good sign. It was really fantastic, and we drew people of all backgrounds and affiliations, which is what JHeritage is all about.”

Photos by Zephan Blaxberg

Top Photo: (left to right) Rachel Trachtman, Jenny Pearlman and Marlee Greenberg Vogelstein

Above: (left to right) Megillah reader Dovid Weingot and Dovid Teichman, Megillah assistant

Middle: (left to right) Amy Krimker, Sara Wallace, Lindsay Dermer

 

 

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