Mazelpalooza, the annual party for Jewish young adults in Greater Phoenix, will be celebrating its 25th year next month on Dec. 24.

“The message this year is unity and showing our Jewish pride, now more than ever before,” said Andrew Gibbs, NowGen director and Mazelpalooza organizer.

While Gibbs understands that it might “feel weird to think about parties right now,” less than three months after Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel, “it’s important for so many of us to share Jewish joy and Jewish community in this moment.”

He is challenging partygoers to bring at least one friend who’s not involved in the Jewish community. After all, Mazelpalooza has a low barrier for entry, with no need for synagogue affiliation or participation in any Jewish organization or professional group. As long as one is Jewish or “Jew-ish” (folks who feel only loosely connected to their Judaism) and between the ages of 21 and 45, this is the right place.

Celebrating Jewish community has been at the heart of Mazelpalooza since the beginning. Only 25 years ago, there was no social media to build those Jewish connections for young adults.

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