On Human Rights Day, Tuesday 10 December, Darlinghurst’s Sydney Jewish Museum will launch a new campaign that, together with Holocaust survivors and high-profile community leaders across Sydney, urges people to practise small acts of kindness on an everyday basis to make the world a more accepting and welcoming place.
The campaign aims to inspire those it touches to Be A Mensch, because right now the world needs more mensches.
A mensch, in Yiddish, is a person of integrity, morality, dignity, with a sense of what is right and responsible. But mensch is more than just an old Yiddish adage. It is relevant now, across the world, more than ever…
“To be a mensch is to be supportive. To be a friend, to be calm in troubled times. To support others,
said the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, former Justice of the High Court of Australia
“A mensch is involved in noble actions such as being a promoter of peace, unity, love and harmony; helping people, especially those in need; treating people equally without any kind of discrimination; having a desire to give something back to society; helping people who cannot help you; leading by example; having a caring heart; and putting yourself in someone else’s shoes,” said Noel Zihabamwe, Chairperson of the African Australian Advocacy Centre and Member of the Advisory Committee for Australian Human Rights Institute
“Do not to hate. Respect people. Have dialogue with people from different backgrounds,” said Olga Horak OAM.