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YAD Party of 8

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 Epic Brewing Company (3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205)! All attendees are responsible for the cost of their food and beverages.


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.

February 16: The Pig & Sprout| 1900 Chestnut Pl, Denver, CO 80202 | 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.

February 16: Mila| 999 18th St, Denver, CO 80202| 7:00pm


Nicole Porterfield

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

February 16: Postino LoHi| 2715 17th St, Denver, CO 802111| 7:00pm


Leigh Ackerman

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 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.

February 16: Los Chingones| 2463 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205| 7:00pm



Michael Kaspin has lived in Denver Colorado most of his life. He moved to Denver from Russia when he was 6 years old and never left. He even stayed in Colorado through all of his schooling. When he is not practicing Physical Therapy, he enjoys an active lifestyle playing wide range of sports such as basketball, football, and softball. During the summer you will likely find him by the pool with a book or on a golf course. During the winter time he is likely on a mountain snowboarding. Spending time with family and friends are most important to him. With the spare time he has, Michael loves giving back to the community with volunteering and teaching teens how to play sports. If there is any activity that involves food, he will definitely participate in it.

February 16: Sushi Katsu| 2222 S Havana St, Aurora, CO 80014| 7:00pm



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.

February 16: True Food| 2800 E 2nd Ave Suite 101, Denver, CO 80206 | 7:00pm



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.

February 16: II Posto| 2601 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205| 7:00pm