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EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

SUPPORT GROUPS

These support groups are free and open to all experiencing infertility in Detroit.

  • You will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement.
  • Registration is requested at least 24 hours in advance.
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FERTILITY BUDDIES

Our fertility buddies practice “relationship-based support.” Individuals currently experiencing infertility and/or trying to build their family are matched with trained fertility buddy veterans, who understand the pressure, pain, and emotional upheaval caused by infertility and various paths to parenthood, and can offer the much-needed support to their buddies.

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FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

JFF-DET FERTILITY GRANTS

As a Detroit resident, you may be eligible to apply for our grants:

  • Invitro Fertilization (IVF)
  • Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

Other financial benefits through JFF include:

  • 20% off discounts from our partner clinics
  • Interest-free loans
  • Pharmacy discounts for medications and genetic testing (of embryos) discounts from our partners
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COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

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JFF offers community programming to spread awareness of infertility, family-building pathways, and to bring our amazing community together.

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DETROIT CLINICS

  • IVF Michigan
  • Michigan Reproductive Medicine (20% off discount not offered at this time)

DETROIT TEAM

Meet the JFF-DET Manager

Carly Eisen
JFF-DET Manager

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Carly Eisen was born and raised in Highland Park, IL. Growing up, she was active in the youth and social action programming at North Shore Congregation Israel. Carly has a BA from Columbia College Chicago.Carly and her husband, Jonathan, a fellow Midwesterner,  met in Chicago and wed in an intimate, pandemic-era ceremony. Following their honeymoon road trip around the Mitten, they were enchanted by Detroit and became Michiganders in August 2021.Prior to her role at JFF, Carly served as the Marketing and Graphics Associate at Temple Shir Shalom in West Bloomfield. Carly is passionate about access to affordable reproductive healthcare and is delighted to continue serving the Detroit Jewish community in sharing the beautiful support and resources of JFF with those navigating their fertility journeys.Carly facilitates a Rosh Chodesh women’s group, packs Kosher meals delivered to older adults, practices tai chi and soaks up nature whenever she can.

Meet the JFF-DET Advisory Council

Emily Korotkin

Bio:
Emily Korotkin was born and raised in Bloomfield Hills, MI. After attending MSU for three and half years she followed her need for hustle and bustle to Chicago where she graduated from Columbia College. As her sisters’ families began to grow, family called her back to her hometown. She began her career as a 5th generation of her family to work in the insurance business as she worked alongside her father. She alongside her business partners have grown the family agency over the last 15 years. While back in Michigan, she met her beautiful wife, Stacy. As they began their lives together, their love only grew further with the births of their beautiful children. Their son Davis is 6 years old, and their daughter Cash is 4 years old.

Why JFF?
When Emily and Stacy began to grow their family, they quickly learned that plans, biology and science don’t always work the way you imagine. They both had wanted to carry a child and, luckily, even though her own eggs were not capable of giving her the ability to carry her own embryo, she had a wife with champion eggs. Emily was able to carry their son Davis, and Stacy carried their daughter Cash. The two share full genetics thanks to the incredible science and fertility technology available today. They felt lucky to make all their family dreams come true. When Emily was presented with the challenge and ability to help bring JFF to Detroit, the challenge was accepted and a passion flame was lit. Emily wished to help give access to those on a family-building journey, who desperately wanted to become parents, and bring awareness, resources and guidance to her Jewish community of Detroit.

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Amanda Goldberg

Amanda Goldberg is a native Detroiter and excited to join the JFF Advisory Council. After meeting her husband Dan at the University of Michigan, the two spent almost 10 years in New York City where they started their family. Amanda works in Sales Enablement at LinkedIn and is passionate about connecting others with professional skills and experiences that allow them to impact change in their careers. Amanda and Dan have two daughters from their IVF-PGD journey.
Why JFF? Amanda is excited to join the JFF Advisory Council given her experience and multiple rounds of fertility treatment endured while building their family.
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Danielle Gordon

Advisory Council Chair

Danielle has cultivated a diverse professional background, spanning various industries and
disciplines. From teaching and navigating academic affairs overseas to orchestrating events in both non-profit settings and the hospitality industry, as well as offering guidance and coaching as a school counselor, each experience has contributed to her unique set of skills and insights.

Today, Danielle embraces her roles as an entrepreneur and dedicated licensed clinical
therapist, specializing in maternal well-being. Alongside her husband, she co-owns ART + FRAME, a custom framing and art gallery specializing in preservation and serving both commercial and residential clients.

Within her private practice, Danielle has served as a consultant with local and national healthcare settings, developed educational programs tailored for expectant and new mothers, provided training to current therapists, and has contributed to various initiatives and programs with Postpartum Support International. As a certified specialist, she extends her compassionate care and knowledge to clients and professionals and offers a nurturing space for navigating the complexities of motherhood.

Danielle's areas of expertise span the intricate dynamics of parenting, the transformative journey of pregnancy and postpartum, the nuances of motherhood-related anxiety and burnout, and the
complexities of ADHD management. Anchored by her academic foundation—a BA in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of Michigan, complemented by an MA in Counseling from Oakland University—Danielle exemplifies a steadfast dedication to professional growth and holistic well-being.

Why JFF?

Through her professional life, Danielle has many contacts in the world of infertility and prides herself on the connections she has made between clients, professionals, families, and multiple different avenues of support. On a personal level, Danielle has many close friends and family members who could have benefitted from the services provided by JFF, had it been available in Detroit, and wants to make sure those going through a fertility journey never feel alone.

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Rabbi Jen Kaluzny

BIO:
Rabbi Jennifer Kaluzny was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2004. She has been a rabbi at Temple Israel in West Bloomfield, MI since ordination. She is also a hospice chaplain at the Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network. Rabbi Jen married Ryan Kaluzny in 2007 and together they welcome their miracle babies Bayla in 2010, and Asher and Sage (z’l) in 2012.

Why JFF:
After finding out that Rabbi Jen and Ryan carried the same mutation of the same gene for the disease Gauche, they decided to use IVF with PGD to avoid passing on the disease to their children. The process was long and arduous, but they would do it all over again to ensure healthy and happy babies. (Their daughter Sage died of unrelated issues). Rabbi Jen wants to help mentor others who are going through IVF so that they feel supported every step of the way. Also, Judaism has so much to offer when it comes to ritual and connection when faced with infertility.

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Semonna Abidor Matz

Semonna was born and raised here in Detroit, Michigan. She attended West Bloomfield High School and Michigan State University before pursuing her degree in nursing at Oakland University. Upon completion of her nursing program, Semonna worked at the University of Michigan hospital in Ann Arbor, specializing in labor and delivery, where she developed a passion for supporting new parents and families. Semonna currently resides in Bloomfield Hills with her incredible husband Jared and their wonderful boys Isaac and Benjamin. She is also a dog mom to Millie, a golden retriever.

Why JFF?

While Semonna worked at U of M in labor and delivery, she took special interest in working alongside the Maternal Fetal Medicine team. Here she encountered and was able to support many families who were struggling with infertility and many who had undergone IVF. This population touched Semonna in so many ways, and after witnessing many of her friends and others around her going through infertility and/or IVF, she knew she wanted to help. When JFF approached Semonna about working together to bring JFF to Detroit it was a no brainer. She now hopes to spread awareness about infertility and how JFF is able to help in her community of Detroit!

Michelle Blau

As Executive Director, at IVF Michigan and Ohio Fertility Centers, Michelle runs the non-clinical side of the medical practice, which includes 9 clinics and 2 surgery centers throughout Michigan and Ohio. Prior to joining IVF Michigan in 1994, she has consulted for many years, worked to defend hospitals and physicians in regulatory compliance matters, medical coding and billing analysis. Additionally, Michelle spent time on the Women’s Philanthropy Board of the Jewish Federation of Detroit as well as a board member of ORT.

Michelle is a lifetime resident of metro Detroit, growing up in Southfield, Michigan and graduating from Michigan State University. Michelle and her husband, an attorney, live in metro Detroit as empty nesters, with their oldest son graduating from the University of Michigan and moving to Denver in 2024 and their youngest son, a senior at the University of Michigan. She spends her free time taking care of their two dogs, playing tennis and canasta and being an active “Swiftie.”

Why JFF?
Becoming a member of the Advisory Council of JFF-Detroit holds special meaning, as Michelle’s niece was conceived via IVF and surrogacy in 2001, well before IVF was common or nearly as successful in the United States. Both personally and professionally, Michelle holds a core belief that having children should be accessible to all couples, and the JFF grants can help that dream become a reality for so many. The support, both financially and emotionally, that JFF provides is so critical. Michelle is grateful that the metro Detroit Jewish community is receiving the gift of JFF, which is a welcome and appreciated resource.

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