According to Leo Rosten, the Yiddish maven and author of The Joys of Yiddish, a “mensch” is “someone to admire and emulate, someone of noble character. The key to being ‘a real mensch’ is nothing less than character, rectitude, dignity, a sense of what is right, responsible, decorous.”
South Jersey is the home to a thriving Jewish community with more than 10 synagogues, 2 Jewish Day Schools, 4 Jewish senior residences, and the largest Jewish day camp in North America. With so much going on in our Jewish community, it is easy to forget that anti-semitism still exists and is prominent in much of the world.
We are taking this opportunity to honor one person each month who has acted like a mensch — someone who always “does the right thing”, shows kindness and compassion to others, someone who maintains a sense of what is right and acts responsibly. The person chosen each month will receive a gift card from one of our supporting sponsors.
Each month the winner will be announced at JewishSouthJersey.net. If you would like to nominate someone, please send an email noting why this person is a mensch to: email@example.com.