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The Mensch List 2015

December 30, 2015 | 2:41 pm

The 2015 mensches. Photos by Carla Acevedo-Blumenkrantz

For our 11th annual mensch list, we once again invited your nominations of extraordinary volunteers in our community, and again... read full article

  • Janet Diel

    by Oren Peleg

    December 30, 2015 | 2:00 pm

    During a visit to a Burbank middle school some five years ago, Janet Diel simply couldn’t believe what she was hearing. The stepdaughter of a Holocaust...

  • Judy Mark

    by Evan Henerson

    December 30, 2015 | 1:55 pm

    Improving rights within the disabled community isn’t just a battle; it’s an out-and-out war, and activist Judy Mark is on the front lines. 

    In 2013,...

  • Sarah Shapiro

    by Leslee Komaiko

    December 30, 2015 | 1:50 pm

    Sarah Shapiro’s life as an entrepreneur and philanthropist started when she was 8 1/2 years old. The Northridge resident was hanging out at the home of...

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  • Albert “Albie” Cohen

    by Jared Sichel

    December 30, 2015 | 1:45 pm

    Eleven years ago, environmental attorney Albert “Albie” Cohen was representing about 200 people in a lawsuit, and after resolving the case and making...

  • Steven Sunshine

    by Ryan Torok

    December 30, 2015 | 1:41 pm

    Steven Sunshine, 55, has had his share of hardships, including undergoing a bone marrow transplant in 2006. When Sunshine’s sister was found to be a...

  • Rachel Sumekh

    by Danielle Berrin

    December 30, 2015 | 1:33 pm

    Rachel Sumekh remembers the moment when every expectation she had for herself as a “typical Persian girl,” as she put it, changed. 

    It was the summer...

  • Todd Bird

    by Elyse Glickman

    December 30, 2015 | 1:29 pm

    In the 1990s, Todd Bird was a Hollywood nightlife mover and shaker and promoter. He opened Hollywood’s first mixed martial arts gym at the turn of the...

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