Mensch on a Bench Book & Toy: Add More Funukkah to Hanukkah:

A project in Cincinnati, OH by Neal & Erin Hoffman

Funding Successful

Mensch on a Bench is a new Hanukkah tradition, meant to bring families together. Hardcover book and plush doll of Moshe the Mensch.
Backers: 321
Average Pledge Per Backer: $71

Funded: $22,693 of $22,000
Dates: Mar 26th -> May 25th (60 days)
Project By: Neal & Erin Hoffman
Aw shucks, no tags yet. +Suggest

Suggest Tags

Begin typing to search or pick from a list. You can add multiple tags at the same time!
Saving your suggestions...
Suggestion Saved Successfully
Thank you for your help! The Kicktraq gnomes will get to work on your suggestions very soon.

Please keep in mind not all suggestions may be used, and repeated re-submissions may result in being rejected automatically (and we don't want that to happen).

If you have any questions, have a good idea for a tag, or a more in-depth suggestion - please feel free to let us know!

Hrm... something went wrong.
Hey, bad things happen to the best of us. Don't worry, the gnomes have been dispatched. Maybe try again in a little while.



current pledge level
Last Updated: May 25 @ 13:30 -0400 GMT


of goal
funding period ended


trending toward
Trends are not projections.


of goal

(loading your very own snazzy kicktraq chart)

(loading your very own snazzy kicktraq chart)

(loading your very own snazzy kicktraq chart)

(loading your very own snazzy kicktraq chart)

(loading your very own snazzy kicktraq chart)

Now you can share!

Help your backers reach your daily goals and help others see how you're doing. It's easy, with Kicktraq Mini.

Here are a few quick snippits of code you can use to embed your personalized widget on your website, in your blog, and even on your favorite forum.

HTML for websites & blogs

BBCode for forums
Copy BBCode

Reddit code for... well, Reddit
Copy Reddit Code

Special Note: Kickstarter recently disabled remote embedding for images on project pages, so embedding code doesn't work on project pages (yet) - just everywhere else.

You can read more about it here.
Latest News

The final Kickstarter push

May 18th - via:
Friends, As we sit on the brink of success with 92%, this is our last weekend to get backers and we want to make a big push Sunday on social media. Please take a moment to post the link to Mensch on Facebook and say that you have supported the... (Read More)

Now we are rolling!

May 13th - via:
It seems like the project, like any project, goes in fits and spurts.  Right now we are in a busy time with the first 2 pages of the book coming in today. The sketches look great!   The copy style (and wording) needs some love, but we will get it... (Read More)

You saw it here first...

May 11th - via:
Just a quick update to show you the newest prototype.   Note the cool plush bench the factory made for us...this may be a cool option for year 2! We have some edits including  -Shrinking the nose -Thinning the mustache -Making more bushy eyebrows  (Read More)

We are on a roll....

May 8th - via:
Big things are afoot for the Mensch... First we have officially been awarded the Mensch on a Bench Trademark!!!   We can now say the Mensch on the Bench (TM) We have also officially signed on our illustrator.  After searching over 300 different... (Read More)

To Bench or Not to Bench: That is the Question!

April 30th - via:
Menschmen, Wow, at the time of this writing we are at 199 backers! Our second factory has come in with the new prototype and we are working on revisions and can't wait to show them to everyone!  The price is double the budget, but the Mensch looks... (Read More)

Lots of moving parts...

April 21st - via:
Wow, 700 likes on Facebook and over 170 backers and 41% of goal!   Thanks for the support and love. We have narrowed down the illustrator search to two candidates and hope to make a decision in the coming week and share the style with the community.... (Read More)

The Illustrator Search

April 12th - via:
Mensch's Thank you for your support!   We had another good week and are proceeding according to plan. Right now we are evaluating 5 different illustrators and hope to have the final decision within the next 2 weeks. The goal is to end the... (Read More)

Prototypes: We've come a long way!

April 5th - via:
This week we finally got in a prototype that we feel good about and reflects the spirit of the project. First lets look at where we started and what we were afraid to share.... We started off with what looked like a toy that would be found in a claw... (Read More)

New Prototypes Coming

March 30th - via:
All, The new prototypes of the Mensch are coming in this week.   We have two factories working on the is making adjustments to previous models and one is going to show us something from scratch. We look forward to sharing it with the... (Read More)

If you have additional news that doesn't appear here, shoot us a link!