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Scene Last Night: Bottles of Patron on Every Table at Purim Ball

Bottle service is for nightclubs, not galas, right? Not so at the Purim Ball hosted by New York’s Jewish Museum Wednesday night. Imbibing is a Torah-mandated ritual of the Jewish holiday, which only partially explains why there were bottles of Patron on every table.

In the winter, you have to keep guests warm. In the competitive world of galas, you have to stand out. And when guests range from right out of college to a few years short of 100 years old, you do what you can to bring them together. You help the old people feel young and the young people feel like, well, not fleeing.