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December 20, 2012 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-12-20

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>> cover story

Home Sweet
Homes To Be

Habitat for Humanity Oakland County
partners with the Jewish community.

Lynne Meredith Golodner I Special to the Jewish News


Navigating the dating world
after age 40.

and we laugh until our tummies hurt during the date,
I find myself leaving the date with a smile from ear to
There were 99.6 million unmarried people older
than age 18 in the United States as of 2010, according
Karen Schultz Tarnopol
to the United State Census Bureau; 61 percent had
Special to the Jewish News
never been married, 23.8 percent (23.7 million) were
divorced and 14.4 percent (14.3 million) were wid-
hough there are inherent challenges in dating
between the ages of 40 and 60,
If you are looking for love, you're in good
not to mention dating Jewish,
David and Margo
some of the benefits from when we were
After much research in the Jewish com-
Grossman dance
young linger.
munity in the Detroit Metro area, however,
at their wedding.
"I still get butterflies," says Denise
it became clear there is a gap in social pro-
They were fixed
Goodwin, 53, of West Bloomfield, a
gramming that would help singles ages 40-60
up by her former
divorced mother of two. "I like the excite-
meet one another.
Social programming through reli-
ment of the unknown and all its inherent
possibilities when going on a date
gious schools, synagogues, the Jewish
Gary Schwartz, 50, of West Bloomfield, who is
Community Centers and the Jewish Federation
single, says, "I enjoy having a good meal, and you can
never have enough friends. If the conversation flows


1942 - 2012

Covering and
Jewish Detroit
Eve y Week

hen Howard Korman moved his family of six
from West Bloomfield to Southfield to be part
of a vibrant Orthodox community, he was dis-
mayed to hear talk of how no young families would move
to that neighborhood because of its aging population. So
he set about trying to encourage young families to move in.
Over the past few years, Korman has succeeded in bringing
in some 28 families, with more to come.
One major obstacle, though, has been finding affordable
housing for families who are paying
school tuition, buying kosher food
and otherwise funding the costs of
an observant Jewish life.
So when Tim Ruggles, execu-
tive director/CEO of Habitat for
Humanity of Oakland County,
approached Korman to discuss a
potential collaboration, he was all
"There are a lot of foreclosures in
this neighborhood," says Korman, a Tim Ruggles
urologist, father of four and Young
Israel of Southfield member. "The
key is the foreclosures. Habitat gets
foreclosures before anybody knows about it. I have a couple
of families who have been looking, and they can't quite
afford the houses here due to divorces and other traumas.
I would love to take advantage of even one or two foreclo-
sures to get some families in who can't afford other proper-
The potential for Korman and others in the Jewish com-
munity to work with Habitat for Humanity of Oakland
County to help Jewish families become homeowners is vast.
Ruggles is now in conversation with several Jewish agencies
as well as individuals like Korman to find ways that Habitat
can serve the Detroit Jewish community.
"Habitat's mission is to give a hand up to families need-
ing a path toward responsible home ownership," says
Ruggles. "We have long partnered with local churches
toward helping those in their congregations and communi-
ties find affordable housing. It makes perfect sense to build
those same relationships in the Jewish community to ben-
efit more people in Oakland County"



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