‘Guys Night Out’: Spirits, Food, and Passover Learning

Written by Kol HaBirah Staff on . Posted in Food/Dining

A strong showing from representatives of the Israeli Embassy. (PHOTO CREDIT: ERIC SILBERG)

The eighth annual “Guys Nite Out,” coordinated by Mark Eidelman, was even more impressive than the previous seven, according to many attendees.

Some 500 guys attended this year’s event at Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac, Maryland, on March 11, to enjoy scotch and ribs, learn about Passover, and support the community. There was also a VIP session prior to the main event for those interested in trying premium scotch. Besides the attendees, supporters of the event included spirit companies, local corporate and individual sponsors, and raffle donors.

This year, the event celebrated countries that support and have strong relationships with Israel. Included in the special attendees were Guatemala’s ambassador to the U.S. Manuel Espina, and Honduras’s ambassador to the U.S. Marlon Tabora Muñoz. Espina received a standing ovation when he spoke to the crowd about Guatemala moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and Muñoz received applause when he talked about his efforts to combat the Palestinian-supported opposition in Honduras.

As always, the night culminated in a learning session, led by Rabbi Nissan Antine of Beth Sholom. He showed a humorous video by standup comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, who complained about his experience at a Passover Sederwhere he had to wait for food for two hours while they read “pamphlets.” Maniscalco ended the video by saying that the Jews should leave the Passover catering to Italians, and everyone had a great laugh.

Rabbi Antine’s message of the night was that the Seder should be meaningful and everyone should enjoy it and not feel obliged to say every word in the Hagaddah by rote. In fact, he talked about the four myths of Passover: one being that, “You must say every word.” It is more important, he stressed, to find meaning in the holiday and to feel the freedom of being taken out of Egypt as slaves by G-d.

All in all, it was another successful “Guys Nite Out,” and the next one is now less than a year away!