Character Day spurs students to ask, what makes a mensch?





What makes someone a mensch (a person of integ­rity)? Students at Tucson Hebrew High and the Tucson Jewish Community Center will join others worldwide in exploring that question as part of the second annual Character Day, a concept created by filmmaker Tiffany Shlain.

Known for her 2005 short film “The Tribe,” which used Barbie dolls to explore Jewish identity, Shlain will debut her latest film, “The Making of a Mensch,” on Character Day, Sept. 18. This year’s date was chosen because it is “smack dab in the middle of the High Holidays,” a time of “thinking about who you are and who you want to become,” Shlain told the AJP.

The new film will feature clips submitted by people around the world — a process Shlain calls “cloud filmmaking,” which she also used for “The Science of Character,” which launched Character Day last year.