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Young and 'older' alike enjoyed Men's Night Out


January 11, 2019

This year’s Men’s Night Out, the second event of its kind, was again, a successful venture. While last year’s get together could be defined as a reunion among men who hadn’t seen each other in a while, this year’s event was a coming together of generations. Several UCF and Stetson Hillel members turned out for the good eats and networking with active members of the Jewish community.

“We are incredibly grateful to the leadership of Federation for extending tickets to Stetson Hillel students,” said Sam Friedman, Stetson Hillel director. “By creating a space where the students can network and meet with active members of the Orlando Jewish community, Federation created an entry point into communal engagement post graduation. The gentleman who came to Men’s Night Out met with future advisers, mentors, and employers, and that is the best way to bridge the gap between campus and the greater community and ensure our students stay active in the Jewish community post graduation.”

Not only was the gap bridged, and friendships made, funds were raised for Jewish youth education programs.

There were 203 men in attendance this year, compared to last year’s total of 162. And five synagogues were represented, compared to four last year.

As with most “second annuals,” improvements were made for this year’s event, making it an even better success. Andy Rosen said that getting out of the kitchen and letting Arthur’s (catering) take over the food was great.

While enjoying good food, good drinks and great entertainment by standup comic Cory Kahaney, many men were seen in groups talking with other people they might not have known before this night.

Another person, who wanted to remain anonymous, shared, “It’s a wonderful night and getting away from work and family sometimes is a great thing.”

This event was organized by Congregation Beth Am, Temple Israel, Southwest Orlando Jewish congregation, Congregation of Reform Judaism, Congregation Ohev Shalom and The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando.


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