From the days when their families lived a block apart in Oak Park, to their days in West Bloomfield, and then when their dad was a bike ride away in Huntington Woods, Jared and Evan have always been like brothers to Jordan. Growing up playing football at Bubbie and Zayde's, arresting Uncle Larry for talking back to Zayde, and releasing Jordan's dog Shadow to chase Evan were just some of the highlights of growing up. More recently, they traveled to visit each other on spring breaks from Law School and College, and are still die-hard Pistons fans. Jared is a world traveler and teacher (www.backpackeracker.com), while Evan is a law student in San Diego. He also wants everyone to know that he is taking the California bar three weeks after the wedding, so please be nice to him.
In the Summer of 2006, a dainty Englishman moved next door to Jordan. With a love for all things sports Joel and Jordan became instant friends. When Joel's actual family lived thousands of miles away, Joel became an honorary member of the Acker family while he lived in Michigan. Of course, when Jordan went to London in the Spring of 2009, Joel returned the favor, inviting Jordan to the Marcovitch's house for Shabbat Dinner, where they spent an evening rewatching Joel's Bar Mitzvah Tapes. Joel also introduced Jordan to one of his many loves, Arsenal F.C., whom Lauren blames for Jordan using words like "pitch" and "mate" that should not be part of any Americans' vocabulary. A year ago, Joel and Erin became the Jewish version of Russell Brand and Katy Perry.
Kevin McTigue was Jordan's first roommate when he moved to Washington, DC. A native of Ann Arbor, Jordan and Kevin shared their love of Michigan football, the Tigers, and Charlie Weis (miss you big guy). Kevin and Jordan met when Kevin was living with the Ackers working on the Kerry campaign. When Kevin returned to Ann Arbor, Jordan's parents took Kevin and Jordan out to dinner, and soon they became fast friends. In the Summer of 2005 when Jordan was interning in Washington, D.C., Kevin and Jordan attended Live 8 in Philadelphia together, cementing their friendship over their mutual love of Will Smith's "Summertime."
Allen and Jordan met early on in college, where they were asked by a mutual friend to run the Hillel IM Sports Program. Together, they founded the Graham Cup, a competition of students from Michigan and Michigan State playing sports against each other. After Allen graduated from college and Kevin moved to Iowa, Allen accepted a job in Washington, D.C., and Allen moved in with Jordan. They remained good friends despite this, and remained so even after Allen moved to Michigan.
Jed Shein was one of Jordan’s roommates at 532 Elm St in Ann Arbor. Since Jed moved to Washington in the summer of 2010, Jordan and Jed have become very close. Jed even took Jordan on his sailboat. Jed enjoys spending money on his friends, telling hilarious stories, and laughing very loudly. He's also shares Jordan's love of the US Soccer Team.
Rafi Schwartz grew up on the mean streets of Flatbush and Mill Basin in Brooklyn. Escaping to the University of Michigan, he met Jordan through mutual friends and they became close soon after. Every time Jordan visits NYC, he is subjected to the same real estate tour down Eighth Avenue, but is grateful that when he gets to Rafi’s apartment, he’s only a block away from H&H bagels.
In the Summer of 2010, Jordan studied for the Bar Exam. In the Summer of 1987, Jordan went to a Sharon, Lois, and Bram concert. What do these two events have in common? They were both shared with Dan Horwitz.
In between, they shared many experiences, from Cranbrook vs. Hillel basketball games to BBYO, Dan and Jordan remained close. In the Summer of 2010, they became inseparable when Jordan moved to Ann Arbor to study for the bar exam. From their morning class to evening basketball and late night flash cards, Jordan and Dan were attached at the hip. When Lauren came to visit, he even came along on our date ("I wish that was a joke," says Lauren). Now that Dan has moved to Chicago, Jordan misses their summer in Ann Arbor, but is looking forward to their next Sharon, Lois, and Bram concert...someday.