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MatzoBall 2013: Yes, soup for you!

You don’t have to be Jewish to love the MatzoBall, says Andrew Rudnick, founder of the nationwide series of Christmas Eve singles parties, including three in South Florida.

George Costanza, a “borderline Jew” according to, would be welcome. And, Rudnick says, he could come with or without his Jewish pal Jerry. Of course, he’d have to pass the test.

“We make you drop your pants at the door and …” Rudnick says, before a pause, then a laugh, as if writing his own episode of “Seinfeld.”

Now in its 27th year, the MatzoBall parties Rudnick created as a Boston University student (where he did actually serve soup) will fill three South Florida hotspots that typically would be empty with thousands of singles on a night they’d ordinarily have no place to party.

Of the 15 MatzoBalls scheduled from New York to Los Angeles (plus Montreal), there is a special vibe at the South Florida parties, says Rudnick, who lives in Boca Raton with his wife (found at a 1997 MatzoBall) and three daughters. As in 2012, the three local events are at Liv nightclub at the Fontainebleau hotel on Miami Beach, at Pangaea and Gryphon at the Hard Rock in Hollywood, and at Il Bacio restaurant in Delray Beach.

“We definitely pick the right venues that draw the right crowd and the right energy,” says Rudnick, observing that each has a different tone. “Miami skews very young, early 20s. There’s a mid- or early-30s crowd at the Hard Rock, and it’s a little older, 35 and up, in Delray.”

While the MatzoBalls are marketed primarily to young Jews, they aren’t the only singles looking for a place to mingle on Christmas Eve. Rudnick says that one in five guests is a non-Jew, and the late-night crowd usually will include a contingent of Asians and an “after midnight Mass” crowd.

“It’s like a hot delicatessen. Even non-Jews like pastrami,” Rudnick says.

MatzoBalls will be held on Tuesday, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at Il Bacio (29 SE Second Ave., Delray Beach), tickets $30; 9 p.m.-4 a.m. at Pangaea/Gryphon at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (5711 Seminole Way, Hollywood), tickets $30; and 9 p.m.-4 a.m. at the Fontainebleau hotel (4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach), tickets: $50. Call 561-300-4222, or go to

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