WHERE CAN YOU find a signature cocktail, a jammin’ dance floor and a outdoor terrace overlooking Old City five stories above Independence Mall?
For the past three years I’ve had the pleasure of attending the annual summer celebration where guests are encouraged to dress in all white and enjoy desserts, a rockin’ DJ and an open bar.
To many, the celebration run by the Young Friends of NMAJH is another classy, networky mingle party for 20- and 30-somethings, however, there is more historical significance than one may expect.
For those unfamiliar with the Hebrew term Tu B’Av or for those who have missed their mandatory 2 minutes of Jewish history, the phrase refers to the minor Jewish holiday of the same name. Tu B’Av is traditionally celebrated as a holiday of love that marked the beginning of the grape harvest (because who doesn’t equate love with grapes? Mmmm, grapes).
On the day of the grape harvest back in antiquity, the unmarried girls of Jerusalem (why just the girls? asks the twenty-first century third-wave feminist in me. Why not the boys too?) would dress in white garments and went to dance in the vineyards. In modern times, Tu B’Av doesn’t have any established religious rituals associated with the celebration, but it is typically referred to as a romantic Jewish Valentine’s Day.
Young Friends of NMAJH‘s Midsummer’s Eve: Celebrating Life, Love and Tu B’Av is one summer bash you don’t want to miss. See you there next year!