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May 26, 1989 - Image 118

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-05-26

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May 26 - 27, 1989
From 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Mike Weiss: Extraordinary Student



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FRIDAY, MAY 26, 1989

NAME: Michael Kevin Weiss
AGE: 17
RESIDENCE: West Bloomfield
FAMILY: His father Leslie Weiss is the
proprietor of the leather boutique,
Laszlo's. His mother, Avra, is a choir
member of Congregation Shaarey Zedek,
a guest and substitute cantor in the
metropolitan area and works at Laszlo's.
Two brothers: David, 22, is a graduate
of the University of Michigan; Jeffrey,
21, attends the business school at
University of Michigan. His grand-
parents Sandor and Elizabeth Weiss and
Ruth Coblentz reside in Southfield.
EDUCATION: A 1989 graduate of West
Bloomfield High School. He will enter
the University of Michigan School of
Engineering this fall.
SYNAGOGUE: Beth Abraham Hillel
FAVORITE BOOK: Zen and the Art of
Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M.
HOBBIES: Creative writing and acting
role of Warren in my school production,
On A Clear Day You Can See Forever"
PHILOSOPHY: "Life is a struggle in
search of the platonic ideal and the
measure of a man lies in how he
enhances the quality of his own life and
the lives of others by bringing them
closer to that ideal?'
BACKGROUND: Michael Weiss' roots are
in Budapest, Hungary. In Hungary, the
family was in the leather business, a
trade that was passed down through the
generations. During the Holocaust, the

members of the Weiss family that
survived were aided by Raoul
Wallenberg. In 1956, the family
immigrated to the United States after
the Hungarian Revolution.
Michael Weiss' father was graduated
from Mumford High School, while his
mother was graduated from Cass
Technical High School. His parents met
at a Jewish youth group function.
Weiss first lived in Southfield but
moved to West Bloomfield when he
started first grade. He attended the
magnet program for elementary school,
Orchard Lake Middle School and will
graduate from West Bloomfield High
School in June. His Hebrew education
began at Beth Achim and continued
through the Hebrew High School,
affiliated with the United Hebrew
In the fall of 1986, three of his
friends, David Tessler, Marc Blackman
and Carl Raboi, recruited him to join
United Synagogue Youth (USY). He
became active in the group organizing ,i14
activities, holding offices, and
participating in international leadership
One of his USY trips to Eastern
Europe and Israel inspired him to write
the essay "Ashes to Ashes," which won
regional and national awards and was
published in The Jewish News "It was
the most personal story I've ever
written." Weiss enjoys creative writing
and has written competitively since the
fourth grade, winning a total of 14
Weiss also excels in other academic
and creative areas. He is class
valedictorian, a 1989 National Merit
Finalist, a bronze medalist in the
Michigan Math Competition, a recipient
of a University of Michigan Regents
Alumni Scholarship and a full tuition
scholarship at Wayne State University. ,
He directed, wrote and acted in the
high school drama department.
Next year at the University of
Michigan, he hopes to write for the
Michigan Daily and "make waves?' He
also will continue to be active in USY,
an experience he feels that has altered 410
his self-image and world. "I'm much
more confident about my insecurities."



The Michigan Association of Osteopathic
Physicians drew a large crowd of
physicians at its recent annual meeting at
the Dearborn Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Spotted in the crowd was Dr. Milton
Joseph who flew into Detroit especially
for the conference, and to visit

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