The Mensch List 2016


For our 12th annual mensch list, we once again invited your nominations of extraordinary volunteers in our community, and the outpouring of suggestions of amazing people was overwhelming. What we offer here is just a sampling of the people who give so much to make our world a better place. If your nominees were not included this time, please remember, we’d welcome those names, and more, next year. We are inspired by all of these stories and hope their examples can serve as motivation for the rest of us.

Ethan Youssefzadeh: Filling a gap in Jewish education

Barbara Dobkin: Holding open doors to elite universities

Lindsay Schacht: Senior citizens are better together with her

Mel Wacks: A Jewish Hall of Fame — in his living room

Sara Zaghi: Helping the homeless through jean therapy

Dr. Justin Zaghi: An ounce of prevention

Bruce Rosen: Driven by a desire to combat hunger

Victoria Nodiff-Netanel: Her horses gallop to the emotional rescue

Laurie and Steve Keleman: Volunteerism, built for two

Betty Cohen: At 95, ‘bionic woman’ still going strong

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