Making Mensches 2.0

As someone who personally takes parenting seriously and professionally has the pleasure of working with Jewish camps, I can proudly say that I am in the business of making mensches.

Camp offers an ideal environment for character development.  To harness the potential of this, we created a periodic table back in 2014 to develop a common language for this holy work. This was met with a great deal of excitement and creative initiatives by many educators in camps, synagogue schools, and Jewish Day schools, and parents alike.

Inspired by their response and an amazing website on the Periodic Table on TedEd, we’re thrilled to announce an expanded, interactive website version of Making Mensches, a project of FJC’s Hiddur Initiative, made possible by The AVI CHAI Foundation, Jim Joseph Foundation, and the The Maimonides Fund.

Image result for ted ed periodic table

We developed this project to help people explore how to communicate each of these values through text, programs, and different media.  Like the process of actually making mensches, this tool will continually be in progress as a living resource bank.  We encourage you to help us grow this resource by sharing your programs, as well as text and media inspiration for these values.


Like the original poster version of the table, there’s no wrong way to use this. We can’t wait to hear about the moments of intentional character development you create for your campers, staff, students, parents, board members, peers, and children!

If you have any questions or are open to sharing additional resources, please contact Teri McGuire at For other inquiries email me at  . Happy Mensch-Making!


3 Responses to “Making Mensches 2.0”

  1. 1 gmitelman May 11, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Can we repost this on our site under our resources for “Science Education for Jewish Professionals”?

    ⁣– Founding Director, Sinai and Synapses c/o Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership 440 Park Ave. South, 4th Floor New York, NY 10016 646-853-4421 Facebook: Twitter: @RabbiMitelman​

  2. 2 drcarenfeldman May 11, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Really enjoyed. Just wrote a blog on teaching
    character strengths at my school – happy to
    share. Caren

    Sent from my iPhone

  3. 3 yigdal May 11, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Woohoo! Now all we need is internet at camp!

    Sent from my iPhone

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