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‘Mensch’ is a Yiddish word – the language spoken by Jews in Eastern Europe before WW2 – meaning a good and upstanding person. Someone who has integrity,
honour and a sense of right and wrong.

We believe that we all have the power to ‘make a difference’ whether big or small through our professional work,
by volunteering our time or by offering financial or in-kind support.

‘Mensch’ is a Yiddish word – the language spoken by Jews in Eastern Europe before WW2 – meaning a good and upstanding person. Someone who has integrity, honour and a sense of right and wrong.

We believe that we all have the power to ‘make a difference’ whether big or small through our professional work, by volunteering our time or by offering financial or in-kind support.

‘Mensch’ is a Yiddish word – the language spoken by Jews in Eastern Europe before WW2 – meaning a good and upstanding person. Someone who has integrity, honour and a sense of right and wrong.

We believe that we all have the power to ‘make a difference’ whether big or small through our professional work, by volunteering our time or by offering financial or in-kind support.

THE MENSCH NETWORK

Through the Mensch Network we offer capacity-building training, networking opportunities, mentorship and incubation, profiling and collaboration. This results in increased impact of our member’s work, promotes best practice and creates a sense of community in what can often be the lonely work of change-making!

THE MENSCH NETWORK

THE MENSCH COMMUNITY

The Mensch Community casts a wider net building bridges to connect the Jewish community to the wider South African and international communities. By engaging in our, and our Network’s social impact projects and programmes, together we can create sustainable change in South Africa.

THE MENSCH COMMUNITY

THE MENSCH NETWORK

Through the Mensch Network we offer capacity-building training, networking opportunities, mentorship and incubation, profiling and collaboration. This results in increased impact of our member’s work, promotes best practice and creates a sense of community in what can often be the lonely work of change-making!

THE MENSCH NETWORK

THE MENSCH COMMUNITY

The Mensch Community casts a wider net building bridges to connect the Jewish community to the wider South African and international communities. By engaging in our, and our Network’s social impact projects and programmes, together we can create sustainable change in South Africa.

THE MENSCH COMMUNITY

MEET THE MENSCH TEAM

GINA FLASH

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Gina is the founder and Executive Director of Mensch. She was previously the Communications and Social Change Manager for the Cape South African Jewish Board of Deputies, managing the organisation’s communications and social justice community development. Previously she worked in design and communications running her graphic design business with clients in corporate and non-profit sectors.

JODI RAMSAY

NETWORK COORDINATOR

Jodi is an experienced project manager and community builder with over 15 years’ experience in education and training in both the non-profit and corporate worlds. Jodi previously developed and managed a national school-based HIV and AIDS education programme, and is well versed in B-BBEE accreditation assisting corporates with their BEE compliance and transformation processes.

MEET THE BOARD MEMBERS

MEET THE BOARD MEMBERS

LI BOISKIN

CHAIRPERSON

Li is a deeply committed and experienced communal leader. She is currently involved in multiple South African and international causes serving both the Jewish and wider community.

MIRIAM LUYT

TREASURER

Miriam is a registered Chartered Accountant and expert financial tax advisor at Old Mutual. By lending her financial expertise to Mensch, Miriam is enacting her committment to bettering South Africa.

CARYN GOOTKIN

BOARD MEMBER

Caryn is an ex-lawyer and teacher, turned writer, editor, community builder, leader and activist.

HELEN LIEBERMAN

BOARD MEMBER

Helen has trailblazed a path for social activism in South Africa like none other, with more than 50 years of commitment to the cause.

JONATHAN MARKS

BOARD MEMBER

Jonathan is a highly skilled and experienced entrepreneurship educator and practitioner, committed to both community and innovation.

PATTI SILBERT

BOARD MEMBER

Patti is a highly educated innovative social changemaker who crosses the divide between academia and social development.

ROY SILVER

BOARD MEMBER

Roy is an early adopter, social busines advocator, innovator, mentor and shining example of networking and collaboration.

DIANNA YACH

BOARD MEMBER

Dianna is the Chairperson and Director of the Mauerberger Foundation Fund, Academic, social activist and disrupter.

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