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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-05-02

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THE PUBLIC

Is

INVITED

To HEAR

Israel's Leading
Activist Attorney

Walter M Stark

Viewers of WDIV-TV in Detroit might
have seen Stark, 83, deliver the Pledge of
Allegiance to the American flag recently
— a proud moment for a man who fled
Nazi Germany as a youngster with his
family, then became a successful busi-
nessman while devoting much of his
time to
charity and
community
service.
"My dad
could have
spent much
more time
devoted to
his career,
making a
larger
z,
income,
wrote his
Stark
daughter
Joanna S.
Abramson of
West Bloomfield. "Instead, he chose to
spend all of his adult years in community
service. His children are more committed
Jews and citizens as a result."
Stark's Pledge of Allegiance stint came
easily for him because he modeled for
TV and print ads for 15 years for auto-
motive-related firms. It's an offshoot of
his profession as a chemical engineer,
operating Stark & Son of Southfield,
which specializes in automotive plastics
and polymers.
The company was founded by Stark's
father, Herman, after he brought the
family to America from Munich in
1938, when Walter was 19. They were
aided by the Osnos family who were well
respected in the Jewish community and
owned the popular Sam's Cut Rate store
in downtown Detroit.
"We got lucky to be able to leave
Germany just before the Nazi
onslaught," Stark reflects.
He quickly got active in the local
Jewish community, helping to establish
Temple Emanu-El, where he has attend-
ed at least two meetings of some kind
every week for the past 50 years. He
served as synagogue president, helped
create the religious school and often visits
hospitalized members.
Stark has been strongly involved in
Jewish-Muslim dialogue through the
National Council for Community and
Justice. "Within this group, there are no
problems between Jews and Muslims,
and I wish we could transplant this to
the Middle East and the rest of the
world," he said.
Stark still plays tennis five days a week
and has captured several championships.
After living in Huntington Woods for 48

,

Nitsana Darshan-
Leitner, Esq.

years, Stark and his wife, Margaret,
moved to Bloomfield Hills two years ago.
Married for 58 years, they have four chil-
dren and 11 grandchildren.

Lenore Dunsky Weiss

Weiss, 90, of Farmington Hills,hates to
talk about herself because "I don't care
for publicity ... I just want to help peo-
ple," she says.
But her friends do the talking for her
in glowing terms, especially her fellow
members of the Sinai Guild where Weiss
has logged in about 36,000 hours of vol-
unteer work.
Former
Detroiter
Amy
Steinberg of
Palm Beach
Gardens,
Fla., remem-
bers the
speech Weiss
gave when
she was
installed
Sinai Guild
Weiss
president:
"Everyone
needs a sense of inner value so we can
understand our purpose in life. Together
we will grow and continue to be the
helping arm of the hospital and the com-
munity."
Weiss has been a guild volunteer in
every possible way since its inception,
earning the Max Osnos Award for
Distinguished Leadership and being
named to the Governor's Honor Roll.
She continues to give "tender loving
care" to patients at least once a week at
the Berry Ambulatory Surgery Center in
Farmington Hills.
She is a founding member of Adat
Shalom Synagogue Sisterhood, still is a
voracious reader, drives her own car and
played golf until the end of last season.
Her first husband, the late David
Dunsky, was a pharmacist, operating the
Thrifty Drug chain in Pontiac. They have
a son and two grandchildren. For 19
years, she has been married to Andy
Weiss, 92, a former Eight Over 80 hon-
oree. ❑

The induction ceremony for the
Jewish Apartments & Services' 2003
Eight Over 80 honorees will be held
Sunday, May 4, at the Norman Jean
and Edward Meer Jewish
Apartments on the Applebaum
Jewish Community Campus in
West Bloomfield. Brunch is at 11
a.m., ceremony at noon. Tickets are
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