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Alyssa Martina: Kids Considered
CARLA JEAN SCHWARTZ
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BACKGROUND: Alyssa Plous Martina was
raised in Southfield, but she spent her
childhood summers in Israel with her
grandmother Berta Katz. Her parents
met during the 1948 Israeli War of
Independence when her American
father was in the medical corps and her
Israeli mother worked on intelligence.
In addition to Martina's love for
Israel, she also cultivated a love for
music, especially piano. She spent three
summers studying piano, ballet and
theater at the National Music Camp at
After graduating from Southfield High
School in 1974, she attended the
University of Michigan, majoring in
history. She met her husband Carlo at
U-M, and they married after she
graduated. She then pursued a law
degree at Wayne State University.
She began her law career as a legal
counsel for the Wayne County Circuit
Court. At this time, she also was very
active in the National Council for
Jewish Women, for which she began a
program for battered wives called Legal
Alternatives for Women.
While Martina was working as an
attorney and raising her two children,
her mother sent her a newsletter from
Emory University about children. Her
mother suggested she start a similar
paper in the Detroit area. Martina loved
the idea and for the last two years has
published All Kids Considered, reaching
125,000 parents in southeastern
Martina is busy juggling her work
schedule and home life. "I work about
50 hours a week on the paper, and my
husband is very supportive:' Her future
goals include writing a children's book
and completing the Ph.D. degree
program in history at Wayne State
Because she is so busy with the
newspaper, she uses her legal
background occasionally, freelancing
and helping her husband. When she is
not busy informing the community
about children's programs, she often
participates in them with her family.
One family activity is attending
services at Congregation Beth Shalom.
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NAME: Alyssa Rose Martina
OCCUPATION: Attorney and publisher of
the newspaper, All Kids Considered.
RESIDENCE: Huntington Woods
FAMILY: Married to Carlo Martina, an
attorney. Two young sons. Parents,
Eugene Plous, a retired surgeon, and
Anita Plous, art consultant. Two
brothers, Ronly, a physician in
Manhattan, and Oren, a veterinarian in
West Bloomfield. Grandmother Berta
Katz of Israel resides with the family.
EDUCATION: B.A. degree from University
of Michigan, law degree from Wayne
State University and enrolled in Ph.D.
degree program in history at WSU.
SYNAGOGUE: Congregation Beth Shalom
ORGANIZATIONS: National Council of
Jewish Women, Sephardic Community
of Metro Detroit, Michigan Trial
Lawyers Association, Detroit Press Club,
advisory board member For Kids' Sake,
WJBK-TV and Committee for Children's
FAVORITE BOOK: "I love to read. I have
favorite authors. Isaac Bashevis Singer,
Leo Tolstoy, Graham Greene, John
Irving, Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence."
HOBBIES: Reading, music, travel,
vegetable and herb gardening,
needlepoint and writing.
LATEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS: "Other than
raising my children, it's publishing the
newspaper, All Kids Considered. Last
summer, I received an award for the
most outstanding law school graduate of
my class in 1982 from Wayne State
PHILOSOPHY: "My personal philosophy is
three fold: A reverence for life, tolerance
The sixth annual art and home tour
sponsored by the Israel Bonds Women's
Division featured the outstanding homes
of BARBARA and IRVING NUSSBAUM,
MIRIAM and JACK SHENKMAN, and
PHOEBE and HARRIS MAINSTER.
About 70 women attended, who purchased
$1,500 or more in Israel Bonds. Some of