The Sydney Jewish Museum launches the ‘Be A Mensch’ campaign to encourage kindness on Human Rights Day

The Sydney Jewish Museum has launched a campaign today in honour of Human Rights Day, titled ‘Be A Mensch’.

Mensch is a yiddish term for a person of integrity, morality and dignity, with a sense of what is right and responsible. The campaign brings this term into the 21st century by using it to encourage people to practise small acts of kindness on an everyday basis to make the world a more accepting and welcoming place.

The Sydney Jewish Museum has created the campaign to remind people of the lessons from the Holocaust relevant in today’s society and, in turn, inspire people to do more for their community.

The creative features several Holocaust survivors and prolific community leaders in Sydney. Those involved include:

  • Brandon Srot, counsellor, leadership coach and facilitator
  • Breann Fallon, educator, academic and podcaster
  • Eddie Jaku OAM, Holocaust Survivor and finalist for the NSW Senior of the Year Award 2019
  • Melanie Penicka-Smith, event manager, co-founder of the Pacific Pride Choir
  • The Hon Michael Kirby AM CMG, former Justice of the High Court of Australia
  • Noel Zihabamwe, chairperson of the African Australian Advocacy Centre and member of the advisory committee for Australian Human Rights Institute
  • Olga Horak OAM, Holocaust Survivor
  • Susan Moylan-Coombs, broadcaster, educator and First Peoples social justice advocate

Read the article by Zoe Wilkinson in Mumbrella.