Did You Brush Off Your Yamaka For New York's Biggest Gay Passover Party?
I was a little confused when my roommates told me they were going to a Passover meal last Friday. I knew they belonged to a nondenominational church, but I didn't think they celebrated the Jewish holidays.
How did you celebrate Passover? Was it a gay ol' time? Or was it celebrated with tradition, family, and religious friends?
Why not have all of it?!? Jayson Littman seems to think having it all is the best thing you can do.
Growing up gay and Jewish is a conflict some remedy easier than others. While strictly forbidden in orthodox communities, the culturally-contemporary Jew can interpret the Torah in a way that allows for both a tight-knit relationship with Adonai and a shared one-bedroom in Chelsea with his boyfriend.
It's 2016 and you can be a queer Rabbi with a designer kippah and have a David Barton membership where you may get "bagel-chased" in the steam room. But some things never change: Your mother still wants a Jewish son-in-law, and her dentist's assistant isn't going to cut it. In other words, the age-old tradition of Jews keeping their bloodlines Jew-y is definitely still a thing, and Jayson Littman wants to help Jewish men seeking Jewish men do just that in the most fun way possible.
Since 2008, Jayson and his events company Hebro have been putting on spectacle-like parties in New York for LGBT jews and the people who love them, featuring titles like High Homo Days, Schvitz, Jewbilee, and, my personal favorite, Sedarlicious.
Sedarlicious features over 500 gay Jews celebrating "the night away as if we just left Egypt yesterday," as well as hordes of partygoers dancing off their passover dinners. This year's party for the (LGB)Tribe was held at the Catina Rooftop in Midtown Manhattan last week, where a lit-up set of pyramids featured the emblazoned caption, "LET MY PEOPLE PARTY." Other highlights included a cameo by Lady Sinagaga, as well as a Star of David-clad hunk with matzah sticking out his pocket who promised attendees they could find the afikomen if they looked hard enough. - vice.com
Some of my Jewish friends complain that there are too many Jewish holidays.
If they could celebrate them all like Littman's Passover, I don't think they would be any complaining.
h/t: vice.com. Photos by Zak Krevitt; Words by Mason Cholly