Annual Dinner

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

2020 Annual Dinner

March 18, 2020

Grand Hyatt Denver
1750 Welton St., Denver, CO 80202
Cocktails at 5:30 p.m., Dinner and Program at 6:30 p.m.


Jerry Rotenberg
Drs. Stuart Senkfor and Leslie Stewart

Alumni Speakers

2020 Alumni Speaker Jason Auerbach (Class of 2000)

Event Chairs

Nancy Kaufman and Jonathan Sar (Class of 2000)

Annual Dinner 2020 At A Glance

Annual Dinner 2020 Partnership Opportunities & Benefits


Our Annual Dinner is our biggest fundraising event of the year.

Our Annual Dinner is a community-building event that brings together Denver Jewish Day School parents, faculty, staff, alumni, alumni parents, and community supporters. Held in the spring each year, our Annual Dinner is an important opportunity to celebrate the members of our community who have made a lasting impact on our school.

In recent years, funds raised through the Annual Dinner have enabled the school to enhance our mathematics and science curriculum, invest in technology, provide financial aid to families, and ensure opportunities for continued professional growth for our faculty.

What happens at the Annual Dinner?

The Annual Dinner is an adults-only evening with cocktails, dinner, and a silent auction. Proceeds support the school’s Annual Campaign, which covers the 25% of the budget not covered by tuition revenue.

When does the Annual Dinner take place?

The 2018-19 Annual Dinner was held downtown on March 14, 2019, at the Grand Hyatt Denver. Starting in the fall, parents, along with friends of the honorees were asked for their support as volunteers, table captains, and underwriters, and by procuring high-value auction items. The 2019-20 Annual Dinner will be held on March 18 at the Grand Hyatt Denver.

Who supports the Annual Dinner?

The Annual Dinner is a partnership between the Denver JDS Development Office and dedicated volunteers. This annual fundraising event draws support from Denver JDS families, local businesses, and beyond. For the 2019 Annual Dinner, co-chairs were Lisa Engbar and Nancy Kaufman, both members of our Board of Trustees. For the 2020 Annual Dinner, co-chairs will be board members Nancy Kaufman and Jonathan Sar (Class of 2000).

Come together for a fun evening in celebration and support of the wonderful generosity of our community

Help us raise $400,000 or more for financial aid and faculty excellence

Interested in volunteering for or making a donation to the Annual Dinner?

Contact our Special Projects Coordinator Maya Mintzer at
(720) 449-9549 or

2020 Annual Dinner Sponsors

Dinner Match

The Metzl, Fidler, and Macks Families
Peter Kudla
Drs. Stuart Senkfor & Leslie Stewart
Elaine & Max Appel

Mainstage Partners

Berta & Bernie Naiman

Gold Partners

Rose Medical Center
Spectrum Retirement Communities

Silver Partners

Irit & Art Waldbaum
Atlas Metal, Ilene & Mike Rosen
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Lisa & Rich Cohn
Vern & Lisa Engbar
Independent Financial
Evi & Evan Makovsky / Shames Makovsky
Louann & Micky Miller
MDC / Richmond American Foundation
Modena Cherry Creek
Debra & Dr. Scott Primack
Leslie & Mark Sidell
Strear Family Foundation


Chai Five Club

Visionary Leaders
($50,000 per year)

Jeff & Jocey Kraus

Every Jewish Child
($25,000 per year)

Marshall & Helene Abrahams
Rich Cohn & Lisa Reckler Cohn
Bette Cooper
Dr. Art & Irit Waldbaum

Sponsor a Mensch
($10,000 per year)

Herb & Arlene Buchwald
Dr. Peter & Gabriela Gottlieb
Joshua Rubenstein
Drs. Stuart Senkfor & Leslie Stewart
Strear Family Foundation