The goal of the Mensch is to serve as a center point for young Jewish families to inspire them to honor age-old traditions, while also enjoying the opportunity to add new ones. “The idea for Mensch on a Bench dawned on me when my son had “Elf Envy” this holiday season“ said Neal Hoffman co-creator of the Mensch. “I wanted to find a way to make Hanukkah more of an event in our household and by creating this new traditions were able add a little more Funukkah in Hanukkah.”
Mensch on the Bench tells the story of Moshe the Mensch, who was in the temple with the Maccabees when they won the war against the Greeks. There was only enough oil for one night and everyone was exhausted from the war and wanted to go to sleep. But what if the oil went out while the Jews were sleeping?
The Mensch loves to play dreidel, eat Latkes (potato pancakes), sing songs, and be with family…all the things families should be doing as part of Hanukkah.
The Mensch on the Bench will be available as a hardcover book and plush character. The book will tell the 8 rules of having a Mensch, which are meant to drive Jewish family traditions and values. The rules will include naming your Mensch, celebrating Hanukkah with as many family members as possible, and taking one night of Hanukkah to give presents to those in need rather than getting presents for yourself.
“The Mensch is a tool by which we can teach our children what it means to be a Mensch...a true and honorable friend” said co-creator Erin Hoffman.
The Mensch looks to be all the talk of the Seder table this Passover as families debate over what to name their own Mensch this coming Hanukkah season.
The product launched on Kickstarter.com in late March. For more information please log on to www.theMenschonaBench.com