Festivus for the Rest of Us!

January 16, 2015 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

This December 25, NEXTGen Detroit and ComePlayDetroit came together to throw their Fifth Annual Festivus…for the rest of us! Started as an alternative to the classic Jewish activity of Chinese food and a movie, this event allows young Jewish adults to celebrate the holidays together in their own way at a cutting-edge location. This year’s party was held at Bistro 82 and Sabrage, owned by local entrepreneur Aaron F. Belen, President and CEO of AFB Investments and AFB Hospitality Group. The venue graciously opened on Christmas especially for this private party, lending the event an exclusive feel.

A crowd of 200 revelers came out to Festivus, both local partygoers and Detroit expats.

“It was a great way to see everyone over the holidays,” said Marina Rubel, a native of Farmington Hills who now lives in New York City for her job. “It’s amazing to be able to come home to Detroit and experience so much going on for young people.”

 Justin Jacobs, President and Founder of ComePlayDetroit and an original creator of the Detroit Festivus tradition, explained a bit about the background of the event. “It was only five years ago that it became legal for bars to open and serve alcohol on Christmas day, and we jumped on the opportunity to give young Jewish people in the area something really fun to do together.”

The name Festivus references a mock holiday originating from the show Seinfeld which includes customary holiday traditions such as ‘feats of strength’ and ‘airing of grievances’. No one had any complaints after attending Festivus at Bistro 82 and Sabrage, though, where they joined friends old and new in partying and dancing to the tunes of DJ PREVU until late into the night.

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