What started as a small Kickstarter campaign has become the latest popular holiday gift for Jewish and interfaith families this holiday season. The Mensch on a Bench, a 12'' plush doll with an accompanying hardcover storybook, is the brainchild of Neal Hoffman, a former toy marketing executive turned entrepreneur. The purpose is to introduce children to the story and traditions of Hanukkah, from the viewpoint of "Moshe" the Mensch.
In Hoffman’s fictional story, Moshe the Mensch, volunteered to watch over the Menorah in the Temple after the Maccabees victory. During each of the eight nights, Moshe is inspired to continue to serve and witness the Hanukkah miracle.
Kids had fun with the Mensch as you will see below.
We also couldn’t resist wondering what trouble the Mensch would get into if he got lost in New York City…
Hoffman’s book includes the Hanukkah prayers and instructions on how to play dreidel. There is even a page in the book for children to write down their favorite holiday memories.
If you’re looking for something cute for the holidays that are certain to put a smile on someone’s face, you will love The Mensch on a Bench.
The Mensch on a Bench is available seasonally in stores and on Amazon all year.