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The Mensch List 2013
Thursday, January 2, 2014

Last month, for our eighth-annual mensch list, we again invited all of you to submit your nominations of extraordinary volunteers, and again the outpouring of suggestions of amazing people was overwhelming.

Photo by David Miller
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Eldad Hagar: Dogged devotion

When Eldad Hagar, co-founder of the dog rescue Hope for Paws, arrived at the trash heap in Wilmington last November, a defeated-looking white husky. . .


Photo by David Miller
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Sidonia Lax: A survivor marches with the living

Sidonia Lax, now 86, survived the Holocaust but won’t let that define her. “I am a thriver,” she said. A stroll through her Sherman Oaks home. . .


Photo by David Miller
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Jaleh Naim: A passion for helping struggling Iranian-Americans

Two years ago Elena J., a middle-aged, impoverished Iranian-Jewish woman in Los Angeles, was stricken with a rare illness that forced surgeons to. . .


Photo by David Miller
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Jacob Segal: The matchmaker

For a moment, it seemed like Jacob Segal was the interviewer. Walking into Delice Bakery on a recent Monday morning, the 67-year-old businessman was. . .


Thursday, January 2, 2014
Stephen M. Levine: A magical ability to conjure up fun

California “Super Lawyer”/magician Stephen M. Levine likes to joke that he can make legal troubles disappear. Ditto for rabbits and quarters.


Photo by David Miller
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Maya Steinberg: She has tzedakah in the bag

Maya Steinberg, 17, never imagined that Purses for Peace, the bat mitzvah project she started when she was 12, would be so successful.


Photo by David Miller
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Leslye Adelman: Feeding body and soul

While some synagogue sanctuaries are adorned with fresh flowers, the bimah of Temple Beth Hillel in Valley Village is lined with towers of fresh. . .


Photo by David Miller
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Armin Szatmary: Person of the Book

Armin Szatmary takes his membership in the “People of the Book” very seriously. So seriously, in fact, that once per week, for 15 years, the. . .


Photo by David Miller
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Leon Shkrab: Bearing witness to Russians’ Holocaust stories

For the past seven years, Leon Shkrab, 67, has volunteered every week at Bet Tzedek Legal Services, conducting intake interviews in Russian with. . .


Photo by David Miller
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Wendy Colman Levin: The way home

Wendy Colman Levin spoke with quiet intensity about the people who have touched her during her four-and-a-half years as an advocate on behalf of the. . .



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Past Mensch Lists
Noa Tishby
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Artists without borders. Or facts.

I am an Israeli, I am an American, and I am an artist.


Thursday, January 2, 2014
The Mensch List 2013

Last month, for our eighth-annual mensch list, we again invited all of you to submit your nominations of extraordinary volunteers, and again the. . .


Photo by David Miller
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Eldad Hagar: Dogged devotion

When Eldad Hagar, co-founder of the dog rescue Hope for Paws, arrived at the trash heap in Wilmington last November, a defeated-looking white husky. . .


Photo by David Miller
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Sidonia Lax: A survivor marches with the living

Sidonia Lax, now 86, survived the Holocaust but won’t let that define her. “I am a thriver,” she said. A stroll through her Sherman Oaks home. . .


Photo by David Miller
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Jaleh Naim: A passion for helping struggling Iranian-Americans

Two years ago Elena J., a middle-aged, impoverished Iranian-Jewish woman in Los Angeles, was stricken with a rare illness that forced surgeons to. . .


Photo by David Miller
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Jacob Segal: The matchmaker

For a moment, it seemed like Jacob Segal was the interviewer. Walking into Delice Bakery on a recent Monday morning, the 67-year-old businessman was. . .


Photo by David Miller
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Maya Steinberg: She has tzedakah in the bag

Maya Steinberg, 17, never imagined that Purses for Peace, the bat mitzvah project she started when she was 12, would be so successful.


Photo by David Miller
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Leslye Adelman: Feeding body and soul

While some synagogue sanctuaries are adorned with fresh flowers, the bimah of Temple Beth Hillel in Valley Village is lined with towers of fresh. . .


Photo by David Miller
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Armin Szatmary: Person of the Book

Armin Szatmary takes his membership in the “People of the Book” very seriously. So seriously, in fact, that once per week, for 15 years, the. . .


Photo by David Miller
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Leon Shkrab: Bearing witness to Russians’ Holocaust stories

For the past seven years, Leon Shkrab, 67, has volunteered every week at Bet Tzedek Legal Services, conducting intake interviews in Russian with. . .


Photo by David Miller
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Wendy Colman Levin: The way home

Wendy Colman Levin spoke with quiet intensity about the people who have touched her during her four-and-a-half years as an advocate on behalf of the. . .


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