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It's going to be a
tropical night at the
JCC with Jo-Nab.
or about 40 years, the
Center has billed itself
as "The Only Spot in Town"
for Dec. 24 socializing and enter-
tainment. And there's more than a
nugget of truth in that.
But this year's party reinvents the
annual singles event in several po-
tentially interesting ways.
First of all, it's not just for singles
anymore. The JCC and Star Trax,
the West Bloomfield entertainers
who are organizing the event, are
aiming for an audience of singles
and couples to lighten up the at-
mosphere. (They seem to have real-
ized that a roomful of
sweaty-palmed singles searching
desperately for soul mates to the
wistful cries of Mariah Carey is just
not conducive to FUN).
Second, this is no generic "DJ
plays Top 40 hits and everyone
stands around not wanting to dance"
party. The theme is Caribbean and
the JCC has chucked the DJ for an
authentic steel drum band (local fa-
vorites Jo-Nab), tropical decorations,
exotic (albeit non-alcoholic) drinks,
food and a raffle.
"We decided we wanted to do a
higher-quality program," says Mar-
go Weitzer, the JCC's director of pro-
gramming. And by marketing to a
broader audience, "we're really hop-
ing we'll be able to expand on the
number of people," she adds. "This
is really a trial for us."
Everyone is welcome at the par-
ty —Jewish, Episcopalian, Mormon,
etc. — the organizers stress.
The raffle drawing, open only to
those who buy tickets in advance, is
a trip for two to a secret tropical des-
tination. Everyone at the event is el-
igible to win one of several
memberships to the JCC, which also
will be raffled off.
So ask yourself: Would you rather
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at the Jewish Community Cen-
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