The Jewish Journal newspaper honored members of its community who have made special contributions through their volunteer efforts and philanthrophy.
Jewish Journal Publisher Steve Rosenberg (second from left) congratulates Todd Levine, Adele Lubarsky, and Ed Medros on being named “Mensches” in recognition of their volunteer efforts and philanthropic work.
Adele Lubarsky, principal of the Hooks
Elementary School, and Ed Medros, president of the Walnut Street Synagogue,
were honored as Mensches at the breakfast held May 19 at Temple Ner Tamid,
Lubarsky, a Chelsea High School graduate,
thanked the Journal for the honor in her acceptance speech.
“And it is an honor as president of Temple
Ner Tamid to host this event,” said Lubarsky. “In my mind there are few higher
Jewish compliments to pay someone than to call them a mensch.
“A mensch is a person who can be relied on
to act with honor and integrity. The Yiddish term means more than that: it also
suggests someone who is kind and considerate. For me, the term mensch does not
“When I thought about my definition of
mensch, I went to my favorite source: Google. Brigitte Nicole in “Lessons
Learned in Life” provided me with the framework of what I consider I needed to
do to be considered a mensch.
“Surround yourself with people who are kind,
caring, who are growing and want to learn. People who don’t mind saying sorry
or thank you and will ask you if you need anything. These people will keep you
positive. To find these people is to be one,” said Lubarsky.
supported me in the past and helped me become a mensch.”
Medros, who has done an outstanding job
maintaining the history of the Walnut Street shul, also humbly accepted the
prestigious award. “I am truly honored to be recognized as a mensch by the
Jewish Journal and to walk in the same steps as all the other mensches here and
everyone in attendance. I thank you very much. It is a labor of love for me to
be president of the Walnut Street synagogue.”
Medros concluded his remarks by inviting
guests to take a tour of the landmark Jewish house of worship.
Also honored was Todd Levine, whose family
formerly owned Levine’s Meat Market on Central Avenue. Todd is now the proprietor
of Levine’s Kosher Meat Market in Peabody.
The publisher of the Jewish Journal is Steve
Rosenberg, whose family owned and operated Murray and Eddy’s Delicatessen on
Broadway, Chelsea, for many years.
A former reporter
for The Boston Globe, Rosenberg congratulated the honorees in an inspiring
speech to begin the program. Rosenberg and a special committee of the Journal’s
Board of Overseers, including Chairman Matthew Schwartz, Neil Donnefeld, Donna
Lozow Pierce, and Susan Garnick, planned and organized the annual breakfast.
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