A New Venue. A New City. A New Latke Vodka.
November 4, 2015 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
For the last 11 years, the Jewish Federation’s NEXTGen Detroit has hosted the ultimate Thanksgiving weekend reunion party. An annual event that just five years ago came in at 450 attendees, Latke Vodka now brings well over 1000 young Jewish adults together in a specular showcase of our vibrant, growing young Jewish community in Metro Detroit. Entering into its second decade, Latke Vodka 11, presented by Detroit Popcorn Company, is set for November 28th.
“Latke Vodka is a tradition for so many young Jewish Detroiters. They’re seeing friends who are in town for Thanksgiving, or they’re coming into town themselves, and it’s the perfect way to enjoy a night out and see everyone,” says Abi Liepshutz, Latke Vodka Co-Chair for the second year in a row. “But just because it’s a tradition doesn’t mean we want to throw the same party year after year. So this year we’ve decided to really shake things up.”
After four years of being held at the Royal Oak Music Theater, Latke Vodka is heading south down Woodward and taking over almost a full city block in Midtown Detroit. The Majestic Theater, the Majestic Café and the Garden Bowl will play host to this year’s event.
“Making the move to these iconic venues is a big change, but it’s something we’re incredibly excited about,” says Brittany Karson, NEXTGen Detroit Associate. “We listen to the people who come to our events and programs, and what they’re saying is ‘we live in Detroit, we work in Detroit, and we want to play there too.’”
Three historic institutions, all connected along the 4100th block of Woodward, will each contain a different atmosphere and attractions, giving Latke Vodka attendees a variety of settings to enjoy throughout the night. In the theater, the band Cancel Monday will take the stage and play to a packed dance floor. In the café, a jazz trio will offer relaxed mood music. And in the Garden Bowl, guests can glow bowl all night long with a DJ on a stage suspended over the lanes.
“People come to the event who have moved away, and they can’t believe how many young Jews are here — active, involved and having a great time,” says Andrew Luckoff, Latke Vodka Co-Chair. “Last year about 300 people came who lived out of state. This year, in the heart of the Museum District and Wayne State University, we’re really showing off our community and our city and all that it has to offer.”
Tickets for Latke Vodka 11 are now available online at LVintheD.org with $18 of every ticket sold going to the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s Annual Campaign supporting the needs of the Jewish people and building a vibrant future in Detroit, in Israel and around the world.
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