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YAD Party of Eight

Join us to eat, schmooze, and connect with other Jewish young adults!

Sign up to join one of our YAD Ambassadors for dinner at their favorite restaurant! Each Ambassador will host a maximum of eight people so you can enjoy an intimate gathering with new friends. At the end of the night, you’ll all meet up at Rhein Hause Denver (1415 Market St)! All attendees are responsible for the cost of their food and beverages.

MELISSA ASARCH

Melissa grew up in Boca Raton, FL, went to NYU and stayed in NYC for almost 12 years. In 2017, she made the best decision of her life…moving to Colorado! YAD ambassadors and members were so warm and embracing, which made the transition a breeze! She knew she wanted to be the welcoming face for new (and old) Coloradans looking to connect with other young, awesome Jews! Melissa teaches a method of movement therapy for pain, flexibility, and balance called Gyrotonic (Google it!) In addition to meeting new people, she loves film, theatre, coffee, board games, novels, and FOOD!!

June 9: Departure Denver Restaurant + Lounge | 4707, 249 Columbine St, Denver, CO | 7:00pm

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NIKKI COHN

I moved to Denver in December of 2006 after living in New York City for about 8 years. I grew up in Omaha, NE and attended CU – Boulder, which is one of the reasons I ended up back in Colorado. I love the mountains, but more so for hiking rather than skiing. I’m an interior designer, which I find to be a great creative outlet. I love cooking, working out, reading, laughing, traveling, checking out new restaurants, going to concerts (all the normal stuff!) and spending time with my husband, Joe, and my dog, Emmie.

June 9: The Populist | 3163 Larimer St, Denver, CO | 7:00pm

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ADAM LAARSEN

Adam Laarsen is a CPA in Centennial, Colorado for Mitchell, Kulick and Company and has been practicing accounting since 2008. Originally hailing from New Mexico he has hung his hat in Chile and New Jersey but has called Colorado home since 1992. Adam supports all Colorado sports but especially the Broncos, the Rockies and the Colorado State Rams. He is quite the reader and reads everything from economics to comics to theoretical astrophysics. In his free time he can be found at various breweries, the golf course, or eating tacos. He enjoys going to concerts ranging from symphony to metal to folk and attends a ton of shows in any given year. This is his first foray into volunteering within the Jewish community but he’s been spotted at various events in previous years. His karaoke game is very strong and love of Star Wars knows no limits.

June 9: Kachina Cantina | 1890 Wazee St, Denver, CO | 7:00pm

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MARISSA TABAK

Marissa is a Wisconsin native whose heart was stolen by the West when she left home to start college in Seattle. After attending the Telluride Bluegrass Festival during a summer break, she knew she wanted to spend more time in Colorado. Marissa returned to Milwaukee for her Master’s in Social Work, but continued to travel to Colorado to visit friends and hear jamgrass bands whenever she could. She finally established roots in Denver in 2009. Marissa has a passion for helping others. She licenses foster homes and advocates for children in the foster care system. She is dedicated to strengthening the lives of children and their families. In her spare time, Marissa can be found at a rally or volunteering in the community, playing in the mountains, trying out a new recipe, or enjoying a concert with friends.

June 9: Watercourse Foods | 837 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO | 7:00pm

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NIR NAGAR

I grew up on a Moshav not far from Tel Aviv. Most of my adult life was spent in the Tel-Aviv area and hiking up the trails of Northern of Israel. I moved to Boulder Colorado in late 2008 and recently moved to Denver. My family is very important to me and I stay connected however I can (thank goodness for WhatsApp). I am the oldest of four siblings and have 75+ cousins. If you’d seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding, replace Greek with Israeli and that’s basically my family. Although all my family is still back in Israel, my love for the mountains made Colorado my home. I have a deep love for history. You can find vintage collectibles/toys/literature around my house- I’m always on the next special thing on eBay. I am a computer nerd, and acting as the Director of IT for Jewish Colorado. In my free time, I enjoy working with my hands/building stuff, Hiking, skiing and visiting the theater.

June 9: True Food | 2800 E 2nd Ave, Denver, CO | 7:00pm

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SARA FRUITHANDLER

In South Florida born and raised, on the beach is where she spent most of her days, chilling out, fruit handling, eating deli all cool and schmoozing with Jews outside of school.
Sara slowly made her way up the coast and across the map, first stopping in Gainesville, FL (Go Gators!) to obtain a degree in Health Education then up to Philadelphia, PA to follow her calling with a degree in Nursing. Sara made the move to Denver in 2015 to pursue the best of both worlds: sunshine & changing seasons, working as a Pediatric Cardiology Nurse at Children’s Hospital Colorado. When she’s not saving lives or playing tricks on unsuspecting patients, you will most likely find Sara enjoying some fresh mountain air via skiing, hiking, trail running, biking or yoga-ing. She enjoys traveling, learning about other cultures, conversations about Science, appreciating Autumn leaves, Latin dancing and trying new cuisines. When identifying favorite foods, Sara will often name half sour pickles, Turkey Reubens, homemade ice cream, cannoli and sushi among her top cravings.

June 9: Gaetano | 3760 Tejon St, Denver, CO | 7:00pm

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YONI BUCKMAN

Yoni grew up in Michigan and attended the University of Maryland, where he founded an eco-friendly home cleaning company. After college, Yoni moved into a DC-area Moishe House and worked in the education department of a local synagogue. When he wasn’t facilitating holiday programs at work, Yoni volunteered in federal prisons leading services and visiting with Jewish inmates. Looking for a new city to call home, Yoni heard the call of Denver and moved here in October. He currently works at BMH-BJ as the Director of Communications & Engagement. Yoni is loving life with his newly adopted puppy, Stevie, and spends most of his time exploring dog parks and seeking out indestructible chew toys. When he finds a free moment, Yoni enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, practicing restorative yoga, and rekindling his love of charcoal drawing.

June 9: Tom’s Urban | 1460 Larimer St, Denver, CO | 7:00pm

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INBAR LEV

Inbar was born in Kentucky, lived in Israel, and spent most of her life in Michigan. She moved to Denver in August 2017, after falling in love with the city the summer before! Inbar recently graduated from the University of Michigan (go Blue!) where she studied cognitive science, psychology, and business. She loves to travel, snowboard, relax with friends, go on any type of adventure, and learn new things. Being part of a strong and new community is very important to her- and can’t wait to meet you all!

June 9: Fresh Craft | 1530 Blake Street, Denver, CO | 7:00pm

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