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The Detroit Jewish News, 2007-12-13

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'I Belong Here'

Hometown's pull
too hard to resist
for 20-something

Robert A. Sklar

ulie Marx worked in Los Angeles
and New York in fast-paced tele-
vision production positions, but
the 29-year-old left a promising career in
one of those broadcast hotspots to return
to Detroit — her hometown.
"L.A. and New York no longer felt like
home;' said Marx, who came back in the
spring and now lives in Bloomfield Hills.
"I came back primarily for family and
friends — and to return to the city of my
roots. I'm a seventh-generation Detroiter."
She now works at Marx, Layne & Co., a


full-service Farmington Hills marketing
Young Adult Division, Temple Beth El's
and public relations firm founded in 1987
Next Gen group, Hadassah and Friends of
by her father, Frederick Marx, and Michael the Israeli Defense Forces. "There are so
Layne. She works on a variety of accounts: many communal and social opportuni-
real estate, malls, restaurants, drugstores.
ties for young Jews in Detroit if you only
Pitching stories to the press today con-
seek them out:' she said. "I really feel like I
trasts with when she was on the other
belong here."
side during her seven-year stint doing TV
Gaining Experience
Marx has a lifelong tie with Temple Beth Marx graduated in 2000 with a bachelor
El in Bloomfield Township, where she
of arts degree in communication studies
was confirmed. Her maternal ancestors,
from the University of Michigan. She was
the Slomans, were among the founders of
a summer intern at Entertainment Tonight
Temple Beth El in Detroit in 1850.
in Hollywood in 1999 and at WXYZ-TV
The Bloomfield Hills Lahser High
Channel 7 in Southfield in 1998.
School graduate feels Detroit offers a
With degree in hand, she chose to hone
close-knit Jewish community, something
her entertainment news skills in L.A. She
she didn't find in L.A. or New York. "Those spent three years as assignment desk coor-
cities have extensive Jewish populations,"
dinator for the E! Entertainment network.
she said, "but they were too big to really
She planned all L.A. shoots for the pro-
feel a sense of belonging. I have Jewish
gram El News Live.
friends that I've known my entire life who
In 2004, Marx joined the Lippin Group
are still in Detroit."
as Emmy Awards press supervisor. The
To get more involved in Jewish circles,
job included lining up celebrities for
Marx has been active with Federation's
interviews on the red carpet with the TV

shows Entertainment Tonight and Access
Hollywood as well as E! Entertainment
The Big Apple then became home.
Marx's biggest plum there came in 2006,
booking celebrity and human interest
interviews for the TV show Inside Edition.

One of the first things that Marx embraced
after coming home was YAD's Young Adult
Mission to Israel. The summertime trip
marked her first visit to the Jewish state.
"It's such a wonderful country: the history,
people and culture:' she said. "It's incred-
ible how Israelis triumph and exude such
positive attitudes despite immense day-to-
day security struggles."
Marx has found inspiration in local
Jewish activists like YAD's Brad "Bubba"
Urdan and Jordan Glass, Temple Beth El
Next Gen leaders Lilly and Lena Epstein,
and WXYZ-TV Channel 7 News Director
Marla Drutz. She's co-chair of "Sunset
at the Zoo:' set for next summer at the


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