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Mensch on a Bench is a new Hanukkah tradition, meant to bring families together. Hardcover book and plush doll of Moshe the Mensch.
Mensch on a Bench is a new Hanukkah tradition, meant to bring families together. Hardcover book and plush doll of Moshe the Mensch.
321 backers pledged $22,693 to help bring this project to life.

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ELF ENVY.  That is what started this whole thing.

Our son Jacob wanted to be like many of his friends and get an Elf on a Shelf, but being Jewish, the answer was no.

That got us thinking.   The Elf on a Shelf is a new tradition...so why couldn't we, as Jews, add a new tradition to our holiday to add some more Funukka to Hanukkah.

We created the story of Moshe the Mensch.   Moshe was at the Temple when the Maccabees returned victorious from the war.   Judah Maccabee was exhausted from the fighting and he wanted to go to bed.   But, with only enough oil left for one night, Judah was worried the lights would go out in the middle of the night.   Moshe volunteered to sit on the bench of the Temple and tell everyone if the lights went out.   What a Mensch sitting on that Bench.

The book goes on to tell the story of Moshe, his 8 days sitting on the bench, and his love of the traditions that Jewish people have.

The product is designed for young Jewish families, but is a great introduction to Hanukkah for those not of the Jewish faith.

In the end our goal is to increase active participation in Hanukkah and make the celebration of the holiday even more fun than it is today.  We also want to teach kids what it is to be a true Mensch and teach them to strive to make a positive difference in the world around them.

The funds raised via Kickstarter will be used to cover the costs of the first production run of 500 Mensch figures.   The minimum order that the factory will produce is 500 units.

The funds will also cover the development and production of the Mensch on a Bench book and packaging.

Our progress on the project is as follows

-The concept and logo are complete

-The prototype is in production

-The manuscript to the book is written

-We have selected a factory to produce the figures, books, and packages 

With the funds from Kickstarter, our next steps are to

-Illustrate the book

-Complete the package

-Complete initial production run of 500 dolls and books

-Ship product to the US and into the hands of boys and girls by Hanukkah this year!

Risks and challenges

With 6 years in the toy industry, I am uniquely qualified to bring this product from a concept to reality. My attitude on this project has been that if don't know how to do something (like layout a book) find someone who can. That attitude has made this whole project come together in a matter of months.

We don't expect any issues in delivering our products in time for Hanukkah this year!

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Your a Mensch Package: Do you just want to support a creative idea and don't want anything in return? You really are a Mensch!

    Donate $10 and you will receive a heartfelt personal email from the Mensch Team for your support! We will even throw in a few Yiddish terms to keep you on your toes!

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    Mini Mensch Package: Receive your very own copy of the Mensch on a Bench hardcover book, signed by the author!

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    Mensch Package: Receive 1 Mensch on a Bench plush figure and the Mensch on a Bench Book.

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    Pledge $54 or more About $54

    Mensch of Mention Package: Receive 1 Mensch on a Bench figure & book AND have your name put in the book on the last page of the first edition of the book as a Mensch of Mention.

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    Mama Mensch Package: Receive everything in Mensch of Mention Package AND receive a Yarmulke that says "This sits on the head of a true Mensch." AND you will receive a call from a real Jewish Mother thanking you for being a Mensch for supporting the project. Guaranteed to make your Mother proud!

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    KICKSTARTER ONLY PACKAGE! Receive an exclusive Mensch on a Bench with a Kickstarter Green Tallis. This will never be released at retail. You will also receive a book, Yarmulke, and your name in the book as a Mensch of Mention.

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    Pledge $118 or more About $118

    Master Mensch of Mention Package: Receive 3 Mensches on Benches with book, a Master Mensch mention in the book, a Yarmulke, and a personalized engraved nameplate with your Mensch's name.

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    Pledge $180 or more About $180

    The Blue Mensch Package: Receive one of 25 limited edition Mensches with a special ALL BLUE Tallit. You will be a Blue Master Mensch in the book, receive a Mensch Yarmulke, a personalized nameplate for your Mensch, a signed copy of the book by the 5 year who inspired the idea AND receive a thank you call from an authentic Jewish grandmother thanking you for being a Mensch for supporting the project.

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    Pledge $360 or more About $360

    The Silver Mensch Package: Receive one of only 15 Mensches made with a SILVER Tallit with a personalized engraved name plate for your Mensch. 5 Mensches on Benches (plush doll + book) for you to gift at Hanukkah. Includes 5 Yarmulkes. You will also get a thank you call from an Authentic Jewish Grandmother for supporting the project.

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    Pledge $540 or more About $540

    The Funukkah Package: In addition to getting a Mensch on a Bench (plush doll + book), receive 10 Mensches on Benches to give as Hanukkah gifts. Includes 10 Yarmulkes. Get a thank you call from a Jewish Grandmother and her secret Matzo ball soup recipe.

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    Pledge $1,800 or more About $1,800

    Golden Mensch Package: Receive only one of 9 Mensches made with a GOLD Tallit with a personalized engraved name plate for your mensch. Also receive 9 standard Mensches on Benches (Plush Doll + Book) and 9 Yarmulkes. Get a thank you call from an authentic Jewish Great Grandmother.

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    Pledge $3,600 or more About $3,600

    Meet the Mensch Package: Choose to have the likeness of a child, and his or her name, written into the Mensch on a Bench book. Also, get 10 Full Sets of Mensches on Benches (Plush Doll and Book), 10 Yarmulkes and 10 extra signed books delivered to your doorstep.

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    Pledge $5,400 or more About $5,400

    The Silent Mensch: There are Mensches out there that want to help spread the Jewish faith and ask for nothing in return. Help support the Mensch on a Bench and we promise to "pay it forward" as we grow in the future.

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