The number ‘18’ has great significance in Judaism, its numeric value representing the word ‘Chai’. So essentially 2018 is ‘the year of life’! Throughout the year Mensch will be promoting 18 ways to live and celebrate a more meaningful life. How to help change the world, and ourselves, through small and manageable acts of giving. Read more about our next two: SUPPORT YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS and MAKE YOURSELF HEARD, and share your efforts with those around you!

SUPPORT YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. You know how it feels to have someone believe in you more than you believe in yourself. Be a cheerleader for the important people in your life. The world needs stronger relationships.

MAKE YOURSELF HEARD Don’t be afraid to speak out about your concerns and opinions. Use your voice to influence and educate others on important issues. Do this in a creative and encouraging way aimed at inclusion rather than alienation. Mensch can help by featuring an article written by you in our Newsletter, entitled ‘Voices from the Community’. Simply send your article to

PAY IT FORWARD! Random good deeds are pleasant surprises. You have no idea how it affects other people, especially those who aren’t used to being treated that way. More than how it makes the people you help feel, you might even start a ripple with your intentional generosity and helpfulness. Post your Pay it Forward experiences to our Facebook page

CONNECT BY DISCONNECTING! Devices are here to stay, they are a part of our lives, they open our world and have incredible advantages. However, if we do not manage how we engage with them, we risk losing out on all that face-to-face connection has to offer. Mensch member and parent coach, Laura Markovitz shares, “when we distractedly juggle talking to our kids while texting or scrolling through a Facebook feed, we send a message that someone or something else is more important than what our kids are telling us, we role model disconnection”. Keep a note of how your relationships and parenting improves, the more time you make to ‘disconnect’. Share this impact.