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The Mensch List 2010

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December 22, 2010 | 9:29 pm

Cover, The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles (Dec. 24, 2010 -Jan. 6, 2011)

Cover, The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles (Dec. 24, 2010 -Jan. 6, 2011)

This fall, we again put out our call for nominations for our annual list of mensches, and you responded with your usual outpouring of suggestions of amazing people. We face this enormous response only to wonder, once more, how do you choose between a 13-year-old who rallied his entire school to help victims in the Congo and a Holocaust survivor who spends 800 hours a year volunteering at the Simon Wiesenthal Center? (And those are just two who made the cut.)

The answer is, we do our best to offer stories of just some of the extraordinary people who give so much to our community. Many, many more could have been included, but we always tell ourselves there will be next year. We are inspired by all these stories, and we hope that even this small sampling will serve to motivate us all to continue to do all we can to improve the world just a little bit more.

Click on a photo to your left (or on the links below) to read about our mensches.

Photographs by Dan Kacvinski

The Mensch List

Holocaust survivor keeps memories alive

Promoting unity, Judaism among local Iranian Jews

The art of living with brain cancer

Israeli scouting just got hipper

Foster kids’ angel of light

Teen’s focus on Congo begins at home

From grief, a dream realized

Don’t call him super-rav

Mom, the full-time mensch
Filmmaker puts JCorps in spotlight

Beauty Bus delivers much-needed pampering

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