Be a mensch: Morris Township barista-turned-author shares secrets for pandemic kindness
By: Morristown Green Contributor Melissa Spiotta, December 28, 2020
Editor’s note: Morris Township resident Elisa Udaskin may be best known as a barista at the Starbucks in Cedar Knolls. But in between Americanos and Cappuccinos, the former marketing director has been compiling life lessons for her newly released book: Be A Mensch: Unleash Your Power to Be Kind and Help Others.
Here, Udaskin shares tips on mensching with Melissa Spiotta, founder of the Morristown Helps and I Love Morristown Facebook groups, co-founder of FLAG of Morristown/Township, and member of the Morris School District board of education.
Melissa Spiotta: Elisa, thanks so much for talking with me today. I really loved your book. In my opinion, the timing couldn’t be been better. There are a lot of people in our country that are really struggling and we need more mensches.
So for everyone who doesn’t know, can you explain what a mensch is?
Elisa Udaskin: A mensch is a good, honorable person. It is a word with German and Yiddish origins and basically conveys a decent person, someone who is kind and helps others.