The Making of a Mensch is available with subtitles in Arabic, Chinese, English Captions, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Russian, Spanish, and Swahili. 

Join us for Character Day:

Join us on September 22, 2016 for our 3rd annual Character Day, when thousands of schools, classrooms, congregations, and organizations all over the world will be screening The Making of a Mensch, as well as other films exploring character education from different perspectives. We provide the films, discussion kits, and a global online conversation (all generously supported by grants, at no cost to you). You create an event that works for your community. Find out more and sign up here.

About the film:

This 10 min film and accompanying discussion kit explore character education through the wonderful ancient Jewish teachings of Mussar. The film and materials explore the ideas and practices through through an engaging and accessible lens, reminding us all how relevant these Jewish tools are to our 21st century lives.

The film premiered as part of Character Day (Sept 18), a global day with films, resources, and conversation about who we are, who we want to be in the world, and how we can get there. 

Discussion Materials:

You can order a hands-on discussion kit, download the kit, and dive into lesson plans and thousands of resources here. We will be launching an even more robust resource hub on Character Day 2016.



This discussion kit was made possible by funds granted by The Covenant Foundation, Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah, the Natan Fund, and others.


There was a special live premiere screening at The JCCSF Arts & Ideas on Friday Sept 18th at 7:30pm. Director Tiffany Shlain was interviewed after the screening by Michael Krasny (KQED Forum). Click here to watch the interview.

Read our Press Release.

Read Participant Testimonials and Press Highlights Here.



Tiffany Shlain’s new film looks at being a mensch


What makes a mensch? A ‘digital diva’ wants to know


Digital Diva Tiffany Shlain Asks: 'What Makes a Mensch?'


The Times of Israel sent out a call for Submissions on how to become a mensch.


The St. Louis Jewish Light asks: Have you ever wondered if you could scientifically become more of a mensch?


The Jewish United Fund asks: 'What makes a mensch?'


Health Hook Up published a call for Video Submissions


The Forward Association put out a call for Video Submissions 


The San Diego Jewish Journal released an article on Making of a Mensch


The Jewish Telegraphic Agency released a call for video submissions



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