Ari Ashpis

Ari wears a red, white and blue quarter-zip pull over; blue and white tech golf shirt; and white stretch tech five-pocket golf pants, all by G/Fore from J3 Clothing Company. 

Age: 29

Hometown: University Heights

Synagogue: B’nai Jeshurun Congregation

Work: Web platform specialist at Case Western Reserve University

About me: I’m born and raised in Beachwood. I find fulfillment in expressing myself through the arts, including flamenco guitar, drawing, crafts and literature. I am extremely passionate about cooking and experimenting with food. Being an active part of the vibrant art and music communities in Cleveland is incredibly rewarding as it allows me to connect with fellow artists and expand my creative horizons. My friends, family and strong social connections are very important to me. As I continue to grow, both as an artist, musician and in my work in tech, I aspire to work internationally.

Favorite place for dinner: La Plaza Taqueria in Lakewood

Favorite place for drinks: Griffin Cider House in Lakewood

Qualities I’m looking for in a partner: Confident, artistic or an aficionado of the arts, loves music, adventurous and has pretty eyes.

Turnoffs or deal breakers: Closed minded, picky eater, doesn’t share my sense of humor

Kosher or non-kosher dating habits: Not kosher

My dating horror story: I went on a date to a wedding with a woman I matched with on Tinder. She refused to talk, only ate a protein bar she brought with her, and we left promptly before dancing had begun.

Celebrity crush: Charli XCX

Song I belt in the car: “Deseandote” by Frankie Ruiz

Hidden talent: I speak Spanish proficiently and have working understanding of Hebrew and German.

Favorite Jewish holiday: Chanukah, because I enjoy the finer things in life (gifts and latkes).

At a Jewish wedding you’d find me… Eating too many appetizers

Favorite bar mitzvah memory: Being lifted up during the hora and feeling a little self-conscious how many men were needed for it.

Favorite part of Jewish Cleveland: The connections shared in the community. You can always find something that connects you to another person. 

Last trip to Israel: March 2022

To connect with me, the best way is… Instagram @ari_ari_ari_a

Photography: Casey Rearick / Casey Rearick Photo

Fashion: Jessica Simon

Hair and Makeup: Ramona Dauksa Studio

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