Annual Dinner

Thursday, March 11, 2021

2021 Annual Dinner

March 11, 2021

Virtual Dinner
Via Zoom

Honoring our Faculty

Alumni Speaker

2021 Alumni Speaker Jason Auerbach (Class of 2000)

Event Chairs

Clarissa and Blake Cohen
Jonathan (Class of 2000) and Nathalie Sar

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?

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, held on March 12, 2020,  was altered at the last minute and switched to a virtual dinner. Our 2020-21 Annual Dinner was held virtually, on March 11, 2021,  online via Zoom.

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 2019-20 Annual Dinner, co-chairs were board members Nancy Kaufman and Jonathan Sar (Class of 2000). For the 2020-21 Annual Dinner, our co-chairs are Blake and Clarissa Cohen, and Jonathan (Class of 2000) and Natalie Sar.

Come together for a fun evening in celebration and support of the wonderful generosity of our community
Interested in volunteering for or making a donation to the Annual Dinner?

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

2021 Annual
Dinner Sponsors


Gold Partners

Rose Medical Center


Silver Partners

Atlas Metal & Iron
Rich & Lisa Cohn
Independent Financial
Evi & Evan Makovsky / Shames Makovsky
Mickey and Luann Miller
Modena Cherry Creek
Leslie & Mark Sidell
Spectrum Retirement        Communities
Strear Family Foundation


Match Donors

Metzl, Fiddler, & Macks Families
Jane E. Rosenbaum
Ezra & Lily Gardner
Getz Foundation
Gene & Lee Kay
Steve & JoEllen Cohen


Ongoing Partners

Keshet of the Rockies
Rose Community 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
Marc & Amity Cooper
Dr. Art & Irit Waldbaum

Sponsor a Mensch
($10,000 per year)

Sharlene Baum
Herb & Arlene Buchwald
Blake and Clarissa Cohen
Vern & Lisa Engbar# 
Ezra & Lily Gardner
Rachel & Tal Goldhamer
Dr. Peter & Gabriela Gottlieb
Don (OBM) & Henny Kaufmann
Bernard & Roberta Naiman
Neil & Kami Pomerantz
Joshua Rubenstein
Barbara & Mickey Silberman
Strear Family Foundation