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Parties: Mazel Tov Mayhem

by Katie Sweeney

Despite the chilly temps, nearly 600 revelers came together for the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center’s Annual Benefit on March 5. The event commemorated the Jewish holiday Purim and featured an elaborate ancient Persian theme. Guests were invited to come in costume, and most took the request seriously. Partygoers could also add to their looks with a selection of decorative masks, regal crowns and festive sunglasses. In a departure from past formats, there was no sit-down dinner or auction. Instead, according to the nonprofit’s chief development officer, Seth Leslie, the focus was “on human connection, not on fundraising.” The result was a party that had more of a Burning Man vibe, complete with a performance by fire dancers. Stations with interactive and fun experiences, like birdhouse woodworking and personalized poetry, gave guests take-home memorabilia. The drinks flowed while the food from Global Gourmet was delicious. A fabulous time was clearly had — all in the name of a just cause: The OFJCC enriches 16,000 lives each week at its beautiful campus in Palo Alto.

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