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 Historians Ale House (24 Broadway #102)! All attendees are responsible for the cost of their food and beverages.
Alex was born and raised in Cherry Hill, NJ. Traveling out to Colorado with his parents for winter ski vacations growing up, he knew Colorado would some day be home. Having to pick a destination for college was an easy choice and University of Denver was the perfect fit. Alex has been a full time Realtor in the Denver area since 2014. When he is not driving around showing homes (listening to Phish) on the weekends, Alex can be found running City Park, playing golf, skiing and throwing a tennis ball repeatedly for his black lab Dylan.
August 18: TAG Burger | 1222 Madison St, Denver, CO | 7:00pm
ANDREW & JACKEE WOODMAN
We are Andrew and Jackee! We are recently married and excited to be making Denver our home. We are both from Los Angeles, and have been in Denver for almost a decade.
In 2011 Andrew convinced me to move out to Colorado with him when he finished school, and I haven’t looked back since! I’m the marketing manager at the JCC Denver, and have worked there ever since I moved here. I really enjoy being outside, traveling, and volunteering as an EMT with Highland Rescue. Don’t be fooled though, I also enjoy Trader Joe’s “2 Buck Chuck”, watching trash TV (any Teen Mom fans out there?), and am a sucker for catchy pop music. Also – I’m terrified of heights! My goal for 2018 is to meet new friends and try a new thing every month that puts me a little outside of my comfort zone.
I moved to Boulder in 2008 to attend the University of Colorado, and studied economics to try and make sense of the financial crisis we saw unfolding in front of us. After CU-Boulder I moved to Denver and now work in personal finance, helping families manage their money to meet certain goals and help them sleep at night. I love live music, snowboarding, traveling, eating food from all over the world, and am a long time Simpsons fan. Being part of our Jewish community makes me feel at home and I am very excited to meet new friends through YAD!
August 18: Lena | 24 Broadway, Denver, CO | 7:00pm
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My name is Deanna Pickman. I am originally from Los Angeles, CA and moved to Colorado in 2010. I’ve lived in Grand Junction until 2015 when I moved to Denver. I am a financial advisor with Edward Jones.
Of course, I love hiking, skiing, camping, exploring, but my main love is tango dancing. I’ve been dancing for over six years now. I also enjoy learning about personal protection and firearms and shoot competitively.
August 18: Izakaya Den | 1487A S Pearl St, Denver, CO | 7:00pm
JASON BERLINBERG & LAURA HAMMERMAN
Hey everyone! Our names are Laura and Jason – we both grew up in the Denver metro area and are now living near Cheesman Park. In our free time, we love exploring outside with our dog, hiking, traveling, playing tennis, going to movies, and trying new restaurants with friends. For work, Jason is a data analyst at DaVita and Laura is an account executive at Marketo. We are so excited to be working as YAD ambassadors to welcome others into the local Jewish community and have lots of fun! We are excited to share our connection to Denver and Judaism with old and new friends alike:)
August 18: Cho77 | 42 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209 | 7:00pm
I have lived in Colorado since 2005 to be closer to family as well as the multitude of outdoor activities. I enjoy spending time creating memories with friends both new and old through fun and diverse activities. Some of my favorite experiences include playing ultimate frisbee, going to live concerts, trying out new foods and breweries. Travel is also a passion of mine to learn about how other cultures live around the world (Some destinations have included New Zealand, China, Brazil, Czech Republic, Argentina, and 25 of the United States). I can’t wait to meet you and share in the collective joy of new experiences.
August 18: Sobo 151 Bar & Grill | 151 S Broadway, Denver, CO | 7:00pm
Leigh Ackerman was born in New York and originally made his way to Colorado over 20 years ago. He has been back this time since August of 2012 and has no plans of leaving anytime soon. Leigh likes helping people, which serves him well as he works with people who suffer from different aliments. Music is his passion and sports is his second passion, especially with his home town teams. His friends and family are important to him and he is always there for the people that matter in a heartbeat. It is his connection to family that made him apply to be an ambassador. Leigh loves to give back to the community which is why he is excited about being an ambassador.
August 18: Old Spaghetti Factory | 1215 18th St, Denver, CO | 7:00pm
Mayla Boguslav moved to Denver in 2016 from New York City. She grew up in Massachusetts and moved to NYC for undergrad studying mathematics, premedical, and Jewish philosophy. Now in Denver, Mayla is a PhD student at Anschutz Medical Campus in Computational Biology focusing on natural language processing. When Mayla is not doing research, she is hiking, biking, skiing, walking, or Israeli dancing. She also loves hosting Shabbat meals and is a part of multiple Jewish communities here in Denver, including Kohelet, HEA, Minyan Masorti, the Chabad of Stapleton, and the Jewish Experience. Mayla hopes to explore more and meet new people through Jewish Colorado and YAD.
August 18: City O’ City | 206 E 13th Ave, Denver, CO | 7:00pm
Nicole Porterfield relocated to Denver in 2016 and is employed at KPMG under their Information Protection sector. Her passion and side hustle is event planning and promoting the local business community. A native Texan, Nicole enjoys Colorado’s breath taking views and pleasant climate. Passions include: finding the best restaurants in Denver (cheap eats and the fancy stuff), live music, writing, traveling, and cheering on her favorite sports teams. #GSG
August 18: Gozo | 30 S Broadway, Denver, CO | 7:00pm
Rachel Meyer was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio where she was actively involved in the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. She went to The University of Denver for her undergrad in Psychology, John Carroll University (in Cleveland) where she got a master’s degree in Counseling, and lived in Philadelphia, PA getting her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at Temple University. In 2014, Rachel made her way back to Denver (for the 3rd time) to make Colorado her permanent home. She is a School Psychologist for a public online school and teaches graduate classes at CU Denver. She loves to be outside, hang out with friends, travel, and spend time with her dog, Lily, who often travels with her when she heads back to Cleveland to visit family and friends.
August 18: Avenue Grill | 630 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO | 7:00pm
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Sara grew up in Iowa, attended college and graduate school in St. Louis, and moved to Colorado 10 years ago. She previously was a high school counselor and is now an independent college consultant who helps high school students with the college search and admissions process.
When she’s not working, Sara enjoys taking advantage of Colorado’s beautiful landscape by hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing; checking out new restaurants and museum exhibits; and seeing concerts, plays, and movies. She is an avid reader and NPR listener and loves to travel.
Sara has met several of her closest friends through Denver’s Jewish community, and she is eager to welcome others into the community and to help them get connected.
August 18: Adelitas | 1294 S Broadway, Denver, CO | 7:00pm
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.
August 18: Beatrice & Woodsley | 38 S Broadway, Denver, CO | 7:00pm