Blog Authored by Ariella Shaffren
In June of 2012, Ariella, Dani, and Koby Shaffren made the move to Southfield, MI from Teaneck NJ. It was a big move for them, leaving their families in New Jersey for a state 600 miles away. Despite having no local family and having met only a few members of the community, the warmth of the people in Southfield helped ease their transition and they settled in quickly. They were even able to buy a house, a far-off prospect in New Jersey, given the cheaper housing market of southeast Michigan. The community was a big help for them, assisting them with meals early on, showing them around, and providing the invaluable information necessary for learning a new locale. They adjusted quickly and are now happy to call Southfield their home.
Over the 14 months that they have been here, both Ariella and Dani have gotten involved in the community. Dani often lains in the shul and now serves on the shul board as the Youth Liason. Ariella is involved in various Jewish Federation committees and serves as the YIS Sisterhood Co-President. In September their son Koby will be attending the Nursery 2 program at Akiva Hebrew Day School in Southfield. They are very excited about Koby’s new school and are confident that they made the right choice by sending him there. Having moved to Metro Detroit for Dani’s job, Ariella was unable to keep her position in NJ. With help from the community and a Jewish communal jobs group, Ariella has recently been hired for her marketing and public-relations skills.
During the home buying process, they were told about an interest free loan through Young Israel of Southfield and Hebrew Free Loan that could help with the move, home renovations, or various other expenses. Luckily, they were able to find a home that didn’t need much work and they did not need to take advantage of this loan. However, several of their friends who were new to the community were able to use it.
After living here for more than a year, the Shaffrens know that they made the right move and are happy to call Southfield their homeTags: akiva, hebrew day school, hebrew free loan, michigna, new jersey, shul, southfield, YIS