Film explores attributes of a mensch




What’s your definition of a mensch?

This question is the basis for a new film by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Tiffany Shlain. It’s not a rhetorical question – her nonprofit studio Let It Ripple has issued a call to people across the world to answer this question for her upcoming film “The Making of a Mensch.”

She is requesting that people record their answer on their phone – holding the “camera horizontal so it looks good,” Shlain advises – and submit their video on

The film, which will delve “deeply into ideas about menschness and the history of it in the Jewish tradition,” is scheduled to debut Sept. 18, on the second annual Character Day – a global day to engage Jewish and secular communities around the world in different perspectives and teachings surrounding character development.