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October 31, 1986 - Image 89

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-10-31

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MARTY FRIEDMAN:

Lives in Novi, came here four
months ago to work at W.B. Doner.

STACEY YOSS:
Lives in Troy, came here 1 1/2 years

STEPHEN MORITZ:
Lives in Southfield, came here in

KAREN METZGER:
Lives in Berkley, came here last

ago to work for EDS.

June to work for NCR Corp.

ERIC STARKMAN:
Lives in Southfield, came here

spring to work for EDS.

to work for The Detroit News.

As new Jewish singles move into town,
some find it easy to integrate,
others find it difficult

on th e move

y

SANDRA MAURER

Special to The Jewish News

oung. Single. Pro-
fessional.
Up-
wardly mobile.
New to Detroit.
Jewish singles
moving into a new commu-
nity face an array of chal-
lenges, from where to live to
how to get around. But few of
these challenges are as im-
portant as becoming inte-
grated into the community's
social structure.
For Marty Friedman,
Stacey Yoss, Stuart Shiloff,
Stephen Moritz, Karen Metz-
ger and Eric Starkman, the
move has been difficult at
times, rewarding at others.
But all have found ways to
"settle into" the singles lifes-
tyle.
Marty Friedman, 39, for-
merly of Brooklyn, N.Y., has
come to settle in Novi with
Kymbo, his 15-year-old mutt.

He took a job with W. B.
Doner, a major advertising
agency in Southfield as group
media supervisor — planning
— four months ago.
At first he didn't have time
to socialize. "I became very
busy at work immediately
upon arrival and it took up
most of my time, even
weekends." Thus he made
friends at work.
Prior to arriving, he "pre-
shopped the market" by read-
ing issues of Detroit Monthly
and Metropolitan Detroit to
make sure "that there was
culture, fun and sushi" in De-
troit.
In the four months that
he's been here, he has taken
in a whole array of "culture."
His position at the agency
provides him with a contin-
ual opportunity to explore the
city under the guise of adver-
tising business. He's seen the
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
at Meadow Brook, been to
two theater productions at

the Fisher Theater, the
Michigan Opera, Bob-Lo, a
Tiger game, the Detroit Zoo,
Ann Arbor Art Fair, and he
even saw Rodney Dangerfield
when he was in town.
"But I realized that I
wasn't meeting potential
romantic interests and made
the decision to place a per-
sonal ad rather than go to a
bar." He ran an ad in the De-
troit Free Press "because
they're our client." He re-
- ceived about two dozen re-
sponses. While meeting and
dating several of these
women, he has been further
exploring the area.
Recently, he has also estab-
lished contact with the Elks
Lodge here, since he was a
Past Exalted Ruler of the
Elks in New York.
"I have not been disap-
pointed at all with the De-
troit area. In fact, I've been
surprisingly impressed with
not only the friendliness and
professionalism of the corn-

pany that I came to work for
but also the warmth and the
quality of life available here."
Stacey Yoss, 23, is most re-
cently from Florida, but was
born in New York. She came
to Detroit right out of school
to work for EDS, the General
Motors subsidiary, as a sys-
tems engineer. She has been
here for 1V2 years.
Most of the people that she
has met are from work. "Ab-
out 60 percent of the people
at EDS are single but very
few are Jewish. I do have a
circle of friends there and
they keep me very busy (so-
cially)."
Encouraged by her mother,
Yoss placed a personal ad in
the Jewish Singles Event
Source, a publication for
Jewish singles sponsored by
the Jewish Community Cen-
ter in West Bloomfield. "I
was pleased with the re-
sponses. Nothing ever came
of it but I was pleased that I
got nearly 15 replies."

She had been leery of ven-
turing out. "I haven't really
checked into the singles
groups. I don't have anyone
to go with and don't want to
go by myself. I don't have a
Jewish girlfriend to bum
around with.
"I did go to the Break-the-
'Fast Dance at the Jewish
Community Center on Yom
Kippur. However, I felt very
young. There weren't many
people there who were my
age."
Stuart Shiloff, 24, is origi-
nally from El Paso, Tex. He
is most recently from Indiana
where he attended Indiana
University. Since the end of
May he has worked for
Citicorp in Southfield as a
mortgage banker.
"When I first got here, I
picked up The Jewish News
to find out what was going on
in Detroit."
He took advantage of the
free six-month membership

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