At 9:30 pm on Saturday night Expo Bar will be temporarily transformed into a Tel Aviv nighclub for “Yalla, Yalla Part Deux.” In case missed Part Un and don’t know what to expect, here’s a brief sketch of the night provided by one of the event’s co-hosts Jen N.
SR: What does “Yalla Yalla” mean?
JN: Colloquially, it’s used as “Come on, let’s go!” So, in this case, you should all listen to us and come to the party!
SR: What’s going down on Saturday night?
JN: Well, we think that DC is seriously lacking in good Israeli pop music (by seriously lacking, we mean that there is none at all.) So, we’re having an awesome Tel Avivdance party on U Street, to remind everyone of their fun nights out in Tel Aviv. Our goal is both to put on an amazing party for everyone who wishes to experience Tel Aviv for a night, and at the same time to contribute the funds we earn to an Israeli organization that does meaningful and effective community service.
SR: How is this related the previous “Yalla Yalla” party held in dc?
JN: The first Yalla Yalla party back in November was a huge success, and we’re hoping that this second one will be the start of a continuing tradition. This party should offer the same vibe as the one in November — same location, same DC, same music, but this time we’re donating the proceeds to a different charity (Shalva, see below). We’re hoping to continue these parties once or twice a year, bringing the Tel Aviv spirit to DC and helping some worthy organizations at the same time.
SR: Do you feel likeyou’re cheating on Moshe I. by having this party without him?
JN: Moshe cheated on us first by moving away!! Just kidding — we have an open relationship with him, it’s cool. But seriously, Moshe will definitely be there in spirit and hopes everyone has the best night ever.
SR: What are you doing to add Israeli flavor to the party?
JN: The music will be Israeli, the DJ is Israeli, we invited some of our Israeli friends, and the proceeds are all going to an Israeli community service organization. It’s safe to say that everyone at the party has some connection to Israel.
SR: What gives the three co-hosts Israeli street cred?
JN: Well, Yoni is actually from the hood (Tel Aviv style), and he eats hummus by the spoonful, literally. I (Jen) run on Israeli time, and Hillary just looks really Israeli. But actually, all three of us are very connected to Israel and have spent a significant amount of time living there.
SR: Will American Top 40 make an appearance? That’s how I get my dance on…
JN: Of course! They play American jams in Israel too! It will be a perfect blend of Israeli and American top hits.
SR: It says it’s $5 atthe door and all proceeds go to shalva. That sounds good, but what’s Shalva?
JN: Shalva is an amazing organization that offers individualized therapy to specials needs children in Israel, at no cost to the families. The therapies are tailored to each specific child, helping each one reach their full potential. To learn more visit Shalva.org.