MazelTogether Team


Meet the MazelTogether team members who help you with the connections, for the ages.

Bethany Friedlander

Community Organizer

Bethany Friedlander moved with her husband and three children to Colorado in 2011. She has a B.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University and a MEd in Administration. She has worked in education and the Jewish community since college and played in both her whole life.


Talia Haykin

Content Manager

Talia Haykin is a Denver based freelance writer, social media strategist, and reformed actor. She is also the mom of a (very handsome) little boy and pup, Soba Schnoodle. In her free time (ha) she and her husband grow thousands of pounds of food each season and make award-winning hard apple cider. She also occasionally blogs at Talia, She Wrote.

Lara Sparks

Community Organizer

Lara is thrilled to join the MazelTogether team in partnership with Honeymoon Israel to support the creation of an organic community for couples in both Denver and Boulder. Before joining the team, Lara spent the first 12 years fulfilling her passion for Jewish education as a Day School teacher in both Denver and Saint Louis.

Jennifer Abrams

Community Organizer

Jennifer Abrams moved to Colorado with her husband, 2 daughters and dog in December 2016 from the Chicago area. She has a B.S. in Human Development and Psychological Services from Northwestern University and a Masters in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. She has worked as a Social Worker for the Early Childhood Programs at JCC Chicago and as a Pediatric Medical Social Worker in a variety of hospital settings.

Rachel Braver

Digital Storyteller

Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Studies Education, is a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter and has over 20 years of Public Relations and Marketing experience.  Since relocating to Colorado from California in 2018, she has co-founded two Jewish social groups: The Southeast Tribe and Colorado ASL Jew Crew.

Rachel enjoys spending time with her loving husband and 2 kids, shopping for greeting cards with her mother, participating in walk-a-thons for various causes close to her heart and salsa dancing the night away!