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The Mensch List 2013

Jewish Journal

January 2, 2014 | 4:48 pm

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... read full article

  • Eldad Hagar: Dogged devotion

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 2, 2014 | 4:37 pm

    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 huddled miserably amid the garbage, her red and raw body racked with mange, bacterial infections and parasites. The dog was too...

  • Sidonia Lax: A survivor marches with the living

    By Elyse Glickman

    January 2, 2014 | 4:34 pm

    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 is proof — her walls overflow with decades of family photos and mementos of her work as a member of the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council...

  • Jaleh Naim: A passion for helping struggling Iranian-Americans

    By Karmel Melamed

    January 2, 2014 | 4:18 pm

    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 amputate one of her legs. With no family and no friends locally to help her, Elena faced a grim future, as she did not have enough money...

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  • Jacob Segal: The matchmaker

    By Jared Sichel

    January 2, 2014 | 4:07 pm

    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 already there, sitting by the window facing Pico Boulevard, huddled over the Los Angeles Times.

    He stood up energetically, gave a...

  • Stephen M. Levine: A magical ability to conjure up fun

    By Ryan E. Smith

    January 2, 2014 | 3:56 pm

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

    Unfortunately, he can’t make the same promise about the troubles facing all of the people he meets through his volunteer performances —...

  • Maya Steinberg: She has tzedakah in the bag

    By Ryan Torok

    January 2, 2014 | 3:40 pm

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

    Yet, by reselling used handbags to raise funds for Jewish World Watch (JWW) she has raised $15,000 for the Encino-based organization. And hearing...

  • Leslye Adelman: Feeding body and soul

    By Elyse Glickman

    January 2, 2014 | 3:34 pm

    While some synagogue sanctuaries are adorned with fresh flowers, the bimah of Temple Beth Hillel in Valley Village is lined with towers of fresh apples and oranges. Although the décor, devised by Leslye Adelman, is stylish, it is also functional. Every Monday, the fruit moves to...

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