Potato knishes and kugel, traditional bar mitzvah foods, surrounded homemade Otto the Orange centerpieces at every table. A traditional circle dance, the horah, had everyone on their feet. But attendees at Hillel's first semiformal, Otto's bar mitzvah party, said the guest of honor was what really made their night.
"Otto came and tore down the house," said Jacob Perlin, communications vice president for Hillel. "He came in dancing and everyone went crazy."
The party came together last night after three years of discussion. Temple Beth Sholom Chevra Shas in Dewitt played host to almost 100 people, including the Orange himself. The event was held as a way to include freshmen and those not involved in greek life in the fun of a semiformal experience.
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