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February has been traditionally noted as the “month of love.” Cards are bought, candy is given, kisses abound.
What is it about love that we simply cannot get enough of?  
I feel like we are always in a state of looking for love, being in love, falling out of love or getting over love.
Love: A noun, a verb, a curse, a blessing.
I’ve noticed that with so many young adults moving Downtown lately, I’ve had a lot of moms emailing me, asking what’s the best dating site for their kids to find love, companionship and/or friendship.
Here’s one question I received recently:
“Dear Karin,
You referenced dating in your 12/24/15 JN column. Just wondered if you had any suggestions for my son. He’s a college grad, an employed software engineer and a good guy. His profession is male-dominated. He’s looking for a date with girlfriend potential. He’s tried online and the few social outings he can find. No luck. Do you have any fresh ideas?
Thank you.”
I know there are many dating sites out there (which are always an option if you want to go that route). Here is a list (not an endorsement) of the sites that target mainly Jewish singles in particular: JDate, JWed, JMatch, JewishCafe, Jewcier, MatchmakerMatchmaker, JPeopleMeet, SuperTova and SawYouatSinai.
Another great idea is to go grocery shopping after work. I know it sounds comical — but you can find so many young single professionals doing their shopping around 6 p.m. on weekdays. I find that Plum Market, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s seem to draw the greatest amount of after-hours singles roaming the aisles, seeking ready-made meals for “one.”
Social media sites seem to still remain a great way of finding new singles “ready to mingle.” If you have the chutzpah, you can Facebook friend request and/or private message someone you’ve heard “through the grapevine” has gotten divorced.
(And, boy, do I know people who do that!)
A small introduction of yourself, along with a bunch of friends in common, can go a long way in breaking the ice.
You know what they say: When it comes to social media, “Nobody’s safe — and everyone is stalkworthy.”
Another option is to ask around and find out who’s single and looking for a “fix-up.” Keeping your ears to the ground has always been an oldie but a goodie.
Coffee places in the morning, gyms after 6 p.m. and certain area restaurants during “happy hour” seem to pull in the singles as well.
Either way, when love is in the air — everyone seems happier … right?

Speaking of which … have you found your date for EPIC, NEXTGen’s March 12 event at the Ren Cen Marriott? Enjoy a night of food, drinks, dancing and Bob Saget’s special brand of stand-up (mature audiences only, and we mean it) as you help support the needs of the Jewish people and build a vibrant Jewish future in Detroit, in Israel and around the world. For details, visit
Forgotten Harvest will feature Jay Leno at its 24th Annual Comedy Night on May 7. Don’t miss out on this night of laughs for a great cause. For details, go to forgottenharvest.org.
On March 16, co-chairs Amy Sternfeld and Marci Sheinbaum will host What’s Cooking with Aish? featuring author and kosher cook Elizabeth Kutz. For details and tickets, go to
Giving back this month: Lauren Dembs, working with Darcee Matlen of Sample Wearhouse in West Bloomfield. On March 6, from 3-5 p.m., shop for your kids while benefiting the Flint water crisis.
JVS 8th Annual Trade Secrets Benefiting the JVS Women to Work Program will feature the inspiring story of Linda Schlesinger-Wagner, local founder of clothing line Skinny Tees. For tickets and additional details, call
(248) 223-4290. *

Karin Katz explores her Zen-centric journey into self-awareness through her nationally renowned blog BuddhaBarbie.com, which balances spirituality with beauty. Contact her at bbarbiejn@gmail.com for comments, questions, events and sightings.

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