Above: Ponce City Market will host Promukkah on Dec. 17

InterfaithFamily/Atlanta will take you back to your high school prom for a special Chanukah party Saturday night, Dec. 17, at Industrious at Ponce City Market in Midtown.

Promukkah’s arrangements were Laurel Snyder’s last project with IFF/Atlanta before she left after a year and a half to focus on her writing and join the faculty of the M.F.A. creative writing program at Hamline University.

Promukkah’s arrangements were Laurel Snyder’s last project with IFF/Atlanta before she left after a year and a half to focus on her writing and join the faculty of the M.F.A. creative writing program at Hamline University.

IFF/Atlanta’s first Promukkah will include a dance party with music from the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival, a photo booth, a dreidel area with the rules on how to play, a station for making corsages and boutonnieres, and a vintage prom movie room.

Handouts will provide information about the holiday, how to play dreidel and how to light the chanukiah. Partygoers can enjoy festive food, including potato latkes, as well as beer and wine.

The event is open to anyone age 21 or older but is aimed at people in their 20s and 30s.

InterfaithFamily/Atlanta is a Jewish nonprofit organization that supports people in interfaith families and relationships through programming, workshops, counseling, clergy referrals and other resources.

InterfaithFamily/Atlanta has teamed up with several partner organizations, including Moishe House-Inman Park, SOJOURN, the Sixth Point, Limmud Atlanta + Southeast, AAspire, the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and Honeymoon Israel.

“Because we are co-sponsoring this event with other community organizations, you can also learn about other local Jewish organizations that are open and welcoming to interfaith families and couples,” said Rabbi Malka Packer, the director of InterfaithFamily/Atlanta.
More than 300 people are expected to attend, and because of the possibility of a sellout, InterfaithFamily/Atlanta is encouraging people to buy their tickets online in advance.

Rabbi Packer came up with the idea for Promukkah. She said InterfaithFamily/Atlanta wanted to host an event that would be a fun way to celebrate Chanukah and would not conflict with Christmas, so as not to exclude people in interfaith relationships. The other goal was to connect people with interfaith-friendly Atlanta Jewish organizations.

Rabbi Malka Packer hopes to make Promukkah an annual IFF/Atlanta event.

Rabbi Malka Packer hopes to make Promukkah an annual IFF/Atlanta event.

InterfaithFamily/Atlanta encourages people to attend in their idea of proper prom attire, whether it be traditional formalwear, a vintage ’80s prom dress or something else they feel comfortable in.

“Wear anything that makes you feel fabulously promy,” Rabbi Packer said. “I also really encourage people to understand that we are open to people of all gender identities and sexual orientations, so however you want to express your gender in your clothing is welcome.”

She said InterfaithFamily/Atlanta hopes Promukkah becomes an annual event. “We have big ideas of how to make it even bigger and fancier, but we want to try this version now to see how well it goes. Even just having all these partner organizations shows us that there is a lot of interest.”


What: Promukkah, hosted by IFF/Atlanta
Where: Industrious at Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave., Midtown; take the elevators on the west side of the building near the West Elm store to the eighth floor
When: Saturday, Dec. 17, from 8 p.m. to midnight

Tickets: $10 without or $18 with alcohol in advance or $18 without or $25 with alcohol at the door; www.facebook.com/events/996383030472508 or bit.ly/2h3Gnns.