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Sondra Berlin: A Moving Dynamo
an outstanding handicapper advocate in
the area of civil rights and/or general
advocacy by the State Handicappers
Association of Public Employees
(SHAPE). Appointed by Governor
Blanchard to the Michigan Civil Rights
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PHILOSOPHY: "I enjoy the things I can
do, and I don't worry about the things I
can't do. I live each day to the fullest. I
put myself in an environment that
makes me happy."
HOBBIES: Bridge, backgammon, sports,
theater and reading.
NAME: Sondra L. Berlin
AGE: Between 40 and 50
OCCUPATION: Co-owner and corporate
secretary of WW Group Inc., the largest
franchise of Weight Watchers
RESIDENCE: West Bloomfield
FAMILY: Divorced. Parents Ruth Tucker
and the late Charles Grossberg. Sisters
Florine Mark Ross and Micki Berg.
EDUCATION: Two years of college at the
School of Architecture and Design at
the University of Michigan.
SYNAGOGUE: Adat Shalom
ORGANIZATIONS: Board member of the
Kenny Michigan Rehabilitation
Foundation, and the Center for
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 1988
Honored by the Pilot Club of
Birmingham as the 1987-88 Professional
Woman of the Year. The establishment
of the annual Sondra L. Berlin Award to
BACKGROUND: Sondra Berlin describes
her early childhood as wonderful. She
lived in an upper flat on Elmhurst in
Detroit, between Linwood and Lawton,
while her grandparents lived in the
lower flat. At age nine her life
dramatically changed. Sondra was
diagnosed as having polio. "At first I
was paralyzed from the neck down, and
I remained in the hospital for two
years." After corrective surgery in Warm
Springs, Ga. she could use her arms and
neck but remained immobile from the
hips down. "My parents were never
embarrassed. They schlepped me
everywhere, and they motivated me."
Sondra attended Oakman School for
Crippled Children and Cass Technical
High School. She earned a scholarship
to the University of Michigan School of
Architecture and Design. "All my
classes were on the fifth and sixth floor,
and my friends carried me up the
stairs." After two years of college, she
worked for a builder. Today she is co-
owner of WW. Group, Inc. and corporate
secretary. She is constantly working on
projects involving the handicapped.
Sondra feels strongly about
mainstreaming handicapped children
into the schools. Sondra has a positive
attitude. "If you have goals, you have to
learn to achieve them. There's nothing
you can't do, if you want it bad enough."
With braces on her legs, she learned to
sail fly and is taking tennis lessons.
Sondra admits that she didn't always
have a positive attitude: "I found the
tools in life to make me happy."
Zedek was the recent site of
the b'not mitzvah of sisters,
SHERYL LEIB, age 13, and
JENNIFER, 12. The girls
are daughters of DR. BUR-
TON and VICKIE LEIB of
West Bloomfield. Grand-
parents MARION and Dr.
SIDNEY LEIB, members of
Shaarey Zedek and B'nai
Torah in Boca Raton, Fla.,
brought the girls cer-
tificates of b'not mitzvah
from their Florida
synagogue. The Leib grand-
parents presented the cer-
tificates at the candlelight
ceremony at the evening
party. The girls are the
family's fourth generation
at Shaarey Zedek. Maternal
grandparents are HARRY
and IRENE BORKIN.
The Homeric Cruise line,
sailing into Puerto Rico, St.
Thomas, St. Croix and
Nassau for the winter
holidays, had many metro
Detroit residents aboard.
Some of the lucky families
were: LAKRITZ, MILLER,