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Metro Detroit is the 21st largest Jewish community in the United States, with an estimated 72,000 in the region. The community is primarily concentrated in Oakland County, particularly in Oak Park, West Bloomfield, and Farmington Hills, and accounts for 2 percent of the overall metro Detroit population. The Jewish community has strong local ties, 88% having lived in the region for more than 20 years, and the metro area is home to multiple kosher restaurants, bakeries, caterers, supermarkets, Jewish bookstores and numerous synagogues, schools and community centers.
The Jewish News is the largest publication serving the Jewish community.

Jewish Community Features

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Impact investors swing the hammers that are building the new economy in southeast Michigan

Investing in a startup is one thing. Making an impact with that investment is another. A growing class of impact investors is putting smart money into scaling Metro Detroit's new economy, and it's paying big dividends.

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Will Metro Detroit's Tech Community Ever Be Color Blind?

Metro Detroit has a long history of cultural silos and regional segregation. So how does its tech and entrepreneurial community create opportunites for greater racial and cultural diversity? There's no easy answer but places like Silicon Valley are implementing aggressive and sustained efforts to bridge a divide local business leaders barely acknowledge.

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Out of the Malls, Into the Trees: Oakland County Ecotourism?

How did Oakland County, a place famous for its wide selection of shopping malls, end up with metro Detroit's first ecotourism attraction? Well, it's funny you should ask. Metromode's Natalie Burg learns how West Bloomfield now speaks for the trees. 

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Brewing beer and breathing life into Corktown's boxcar building

Batch Brewing Co., Detroit's first nanobrewery, has found a home in the former Porter Street Station, a quirky Corktown building with a boxcar attached to it.

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Power Sharing is Tougher Than You Think

How does a company's sole owner and founder transition to the power-sharing structure of executive leadership? That's the challenge that faces Billhighway, a Troy-based firm that's looking to enter its second stage of development. Metromode's Jon Zemke looks for lessons from successful (and less-than-successful) local businesses.

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Ferndale Firm Seeks to Provide Energy Everywhere and Anywhere

If you're looking for a local company that represents what's next in renewable energy innovation, Zerobase is probably your best bet. The firm specializes in off-the-grid power logistics for inhospitable environments. Luckily, it has found its new digs in downtown Ferndale to be just the opposite - a perfect community for its high tech employees.

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Online Tech's co-CEOs always have a backup

In the world of computer data hosting redundancy is a way of life. Ann Arbor's Online Tech has taken that philosophy to a new level, putting in place two CEOs. But far from duplicating each other's efforts, the dual company leaders have found that they complement and strengthen each other's talents.

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A Decade of FOUND

There is little doubt that Davy Rothbart is an Ann Arbor original. As the founder of FOUND magazine, he has turned the written remnants of others into a springboard of creative opportunity. Books, movies, road tours, radio, and even an Off-Broadway musical are all part of the mix that is the FOUND empire. And now Rothbart is celebrating the magazine's 10th anniversary here in Ann Arbor.

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Metro Detroit Bloggers Mind The Gap

With daily newspapers and national magazines taking to the web just what qualifies as a blog anymore? While the labels may be fuzzy, there's little doubt that citizen journalists and local bloggers have stepped in to fill whatever gaps the traditional media has missed.

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The Apps Metro Detroit CEOs Can't Do Without

It's an app app app world. Metromode's Jon Zemke quizzes some of Metro Detroit's CEOs on which business apps they can't live without, which apps others should use, and which locally produced apps are worth checking out.

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Building Another International Bridge... to Israel's Entrepreneurs

Thousands of miles separate, but Israel and Michigan operate in a parallel universe. What happens when you cross Michigan's established manufacturing base and high-tech mindset over to Israel's 3,000-plus tech start-ups? The Michigan Israel Business Bridge yields an array of academic and entrepreneurial matches.

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Being A Mompreneur: A Conversation with Lynne Golodner

Working from home is one thing. Running a successful business with employees out of your house is another. Lynne Golodner not only found a way to stay at home and grow her PR firm, Your People, she attracted a like-minded staff. Metromode asks her how she does it.

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Social Media Pioneer: Founder of Shazaaam began Internet outreach back in 1989

Billy Batson would have been proud of Adrienne Lenhoff.  He was the newsboy in an old-time comic book who, when trouble arose, would shout the name of the wizard “Shazam!” — and he would turn into superhero Captain Marvel, an invincible Superman-type character.  Lenhoff, a public relations, marketing and social media wizard, was so impressed with Captain Marvel that she named her company Shazaaam when she founded it 10 years ago.

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Model D Speaker Series: Gentrification

Join us for a frank and honest discussion about gentrification and what it means for Detroit. We plan to engage this topic head-on at our Dec. 14 speaker series event at the Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center. 

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MI vs SF: The Art Of The Business Plan Competition

One excels at style. The other, substance. But when it comes to nurturing an entrepreneurial ecosystem, both matter. Jon Zemke attends Silicon Valley's quarterly Founder Showcase and our own annual business plan competition, Accelerate Michigan, and finds a clash of both cultures and community.

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Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council

Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council is a non-profit committed to driving economic growth within minority communities. It is based in Detroit.
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Jewish Community Founders

Castle explains how it got into Y Combinator

Castle explains how it got into Y Combinator

City: Detroit
There is a glut of startup accelerators out there, but the guys behind the property management startup Castle got into the most prestigious one around, Y Combinator. The Detroit-based startup's team tells how it shot the moon and got in.
Hiring helps propel Benzinga from startup to financial media staple

Hiring helps propel Benzinga from startup to financial media staple

City: Southfield
"We can't hire on experience because we have a limited budget," says Jason Raznick, CEO of Benzinga. "We're trying to create something from nothing."
Stacy Goldberg on evolving the best path forward for your business

Stacy Goldberg on evolving the best path forward for your business

City: Detroit
Savorfull originally got its start selling healthy boxed meals and moved to providing healthy-eating consulting services. Stacy Goldberg, Savorfull's CEO, explains why that switch made sense.
Sandy Kronenberg on growing a startup alone

Sandy Kronenberg on growing a startup alone

City: Detroit
Sandy Kronenberg is a tech entrepreneur who already has a few exits under his belt, and it's a big reason why he is eschewing angel investment for his new startup, Locqus.
Ben Chutz explains why to focus autism startup on caregivers

Ben Chutz explains why to focus autism startup on caregivers

City: West Bloomfield
Ben Chutz is building a startup to help fight autism (Birdhouse for Autism) and he is doing it by focusing on helping the people taking care of those with autism.
Steve Schwartz

Steve Schwartz

City: Ann Arbor
Steve Schwartz is the managing member of Alpha Jango, a software firm that specializes in pairing techies with aspiring entrepreneurs.
Lynne Golodner

Lynne Golodner

City: Southfield
Lynne Golodner is the founder of Your People, a public relations agency based in Southfield.
Greg Schwartz

Greg Schwartz

City: Detroit
Greg Schwartz is the co-founder of UpTo, a social media start-up based in downtown Detroit.
Ben Chutz

Ben Chutz

City: West Bloomfield
Ben Chutz is the co-founder of Birdhouse, a software firm dedicated to helping parents of autistic children better track their kid's disorder.
Ari Doglin

Ari Doglin

Ari Doglin is the chief marketing officer of Gamer Saloon, a online gaming startup based in downtown Royal Oak.
Ben Newman

Ben Newman

City: Detroit
Ben Newman is the co-founder of the Detroit Institute of Bagels, a craft food business based in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood.
Matt Wise

Matt Wise

City: Pleasant Ridge
Matt Wise is the CEO of ePrize, an Internet marketing firm based in Pleasant Ridge.
Cara Rosaen

Cara Rosaen

City: Ann Arbor
Cara Rosaen is the co-founder of Real Time Farms, an Ann Arbor-based startup that specializes in food chain transparency.
Harvey Ovshinsky

Harvey Ovshinsky

City: Ann Arbor
Harvey Ovshinsky is the founder of HKO Media, a screen writing company based in Ann Arbor.
Mike Plesz

Mike Plesz

City: Rochester
Mike Plesz is the owner of Rochester Mills Beer Company microbrewery and one of the first craft brewers in Michigan.
Daniel Milstein

Daniel Milstein

City: Ann Arbor
A motivated, successful and savvy businessman, the 35-year-old CEO of the Ann Arbor-based Gold Star Mortgage Financial Group decided to pass on the secrets of his success to others in the sales business with a new book, The ABC of Sales, Lessons From A Superstar.
Josh Charlip

Josh Charlip

City: Southfield
Cupcakes and popcorn are so “last year,” according to Josh Charlip, longtime owner of the Bagel Factory in Southfield. The newest trend? Custom ice cream sandwiches. Charlip launched Eskimo Jacks this summer to serve up the tasty treats inside the Bagel Factory and at events throughout Metro Detroit.
Ben Kazez

Ben Kazez

City: Ann Arbor
Ben Kazez is the founder of Mobiata, a mobile-app start-up based in downtown Ann Arbor.
Paul Glomski

Paul Glomski

City: Detroit
Paul Glomski is the CEO of Detroit Labs, a mobile app firm based in downtown Detroit.
Bradley Foltyn

Bradley Foltyn

City: Warren
Bradley Foltyn is co-owner with his father, Paul, of The Fabric Warehouse, and is the third generation to work in the family’s wholesale textile business selling yards of gingham, damask and other fabrics to designers and retailers.
Marcy Forta

Marcy Forta

City: Berkley
Marcy Forta, owner of The Room Downstairs, caters to a relatively small market of Orthodox Jewish women.
Jeremy and Aubrey Lopatin

Jeremy and Aubrey Lopatin

City: Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor natives Jeremy and Aubrey Lopatin own the Ann Arbor Tea Room.
Adam Kaplan

Adam Kaplan

City: Southfield
Companies seeking techies call on IT recruiters. Top brass-seekers look to executive headhunters. And now, firms casting their nets for disabled candidates call Big Tent Jobs, LLC, a Southfield-based placement firm for what founder Adam Kaplan dubs “specially abled” employees.
David Leider

David Leider

City: Birmingham
David Leider is the CEO of Gas Station TV, a venture-backed start-up based in downtown Birmingham.
Josh Linkner

Josh Linkner

City: Detroit
Josh Linkner is the CEO of Detroit Venture Partners, a venture capital firm based in downtown Detroit.
Dale Royal

Dale Royal

City: Bloomfield Hills
Dale Royal is the CEO of Unitask Software, a software firm based in Bloomfield Hills.
Mark Shalinsky

Mark Shalinsky

City: Ann Arbor
Mark Shalinsky is the founder of Kick Start Sales, a start-up sales firm based in Ann Arbor's Tech Brewery.
David Bloom

David Bloom

City: Ann Arbor
David Bloom is the vice president of products with Hygieia, a medical device start-up based in Ann Arbor.
Jerry and Becky Eizen

Jerry and Becky Eizen

City: Southfield
Eizen, 45, raised in New Orleans but long-since settled in Metro Detroit with husband Jerry and their three boys, endured a frantic three-day search, post-storm, to locate her mother, Yetta. When Eizen and her mom finally connected, Eizen also learned the family home had been destroyed; she cajoled Yetta to move north and live with her and her family.
Eran Bashan

Eran Bashan

City: Ann Arbor
Where do great ideas come from? For Eran Bashan, a casual conversation over Shabbat dinner four years ago evolved into both a new invention and a company to market it.

Because the Ann Arbor resident is known for his love of riddles and problems, that evening his friend, endocrinologist Israel Hodish, gave him a doozey to solve: Seek out a better way for diabetic patients to self-test their blood sugar and adjust their insulin levels.
Richard and Gary Astrein

Richard and Gary Astrein

City: Birmingham
Two brothers with complementary strengths and common goals are celebrating their 35th year in business together all at the same location.

Gary and Richard Astrein are partners in Astrein Creative Jewelry on Maple in downtown Birmingham. "We've been here for so long that we're now serving a second generation," says Richard. "We're selling engagement and wedding rings to our customers' kids."
David Friedman

David Friedman

City: Farmington Hills
Friedman Integrated Real Estate Solutions is one of the Midwest's largest locally owned and operated commercial real estate organizations. Friedman represents banks, special services, institutions, property owners, national and regional retailers, and commercial tenants in every size range. 

Michael Zwick

Michael Zwick

City: Southfield
Michael Zwick is the president of Assets International, an asset recovery company based in Southfield.
Janak Mehta

Janak Mehta

City: Livonia
Janak Mehta is the founder of PR Easy, a public relations and marketing firm based in Livonia.
Charlie Rothstein

Charlie Rothstein

City: Farmington Hills
Charlie Rothstein is the senior managing director and co-founder of Beringea, Michigan's largest venture capital firm.
Lynne Schrieber

Lynne Schrieber

City: Southfield
Lynne Schreiber is the founder of Your People, a public relations firm based in Southfield.
Marla Shapiro and Carra Stoller

Marla Shapiro and Carra Stoller

City: Birmingham
Marla Shapiro and Carra Stoller opened Ecology in downtown Birmingham to provide a natural and sustainable option in the cosmetic, skin-care world.

Jewish Community Companies

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Ambassador

City: Royal Oak
Industry: Creative Industries,Creative Sector,Diversity,Emerging Technology,High Growth,Jewish Community,Software/Information Technology,Venture Capital,Year of the Gazelle
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The Katz Law Firm

City: Birmingham
Industry: Boomers,Diversity,Jewish Community,Professional Services
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Rebel Nell

City: Detroit
Industry: Black Community,Creative Industries,Creative Sector,Design/Technical Services,Detroit,Diversity,Jewish Community,Minority Owned Business,Woman Owned
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Company Folders

City: Keego Harbor
Industry: Diversity,Immigrant Owned Business,Jewish Community,Minority Owned Business,Software/Information Technology
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6th Man Apps

City: Detroit
Industry: Detroit,Diversity,Jewish Community,Software/Information Technology
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Batch Brewing Co

City: Detroit
Industry: Creative Industries,Creative Sector,Detroit,Entertainment/Hospitality,Food,Jewish Community
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FOUND Magazine

City: Ann Arbor
Industry: Creative Sector,Diversity,Jewish Community,Marketing / Media
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MarkMaynard.com

City: Ypsilanti
Industry: Creative Sector,Diversity,Jewish Community,Marketing / Media
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Hold-Up Suspender Co

City: Southfield
Industry: Boomers,Creative Sector,Diversity,Jewish Community,General Retail/Wholesale
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Fischman Insurance Group

City: Southfield
Industry: Diversity,Jewish Community,Professional Services