Building on the global success and momentum of Character Day 2015, in which hundreds of thousands participated and viewed the films The Making of a Mensch and The Adaptable Mind, Let it Ripple this year will broaden the initiative’s reach that uses film and discussion materials to create a global conversation about the importance of character-building in today’s 24/7 world – developing strengths like creativity, humility, grit, courage, compassion and empathy.
Groups that register for Character Day can create an event that works best for their community, anytime on September 22, anywhere in the world. In addition to the discussion materials, hosts choose from a suite of award-winning short films, including The Making of a Mensch, which explores character through a Jewish lens by reinvigorating the ancient Jewish teachings of Mussar, making the wisdom and practices accessible and engaging for a 21st century audience. Groups are then invited to join a global Q&A conversation that unifies all the screenings and invites discussion about character with experts from all different perspectives. Leading up to Character Day, Let it Ripple’s team is also offering monthly webinars with participants from previous Character Days to share best practices.
One of the new offerings this year is a revamped online resource portal that will bring to life resources such as the “Periodic Table of Being a Mensch” -a breakdown of 24 different Jewish qualities, or Middot.
This project is generously supported by The John Templeton Foundation, Righteous Persons Foundation, Covenant Foundation, Roselyn Chroman Swig, Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah, PJ Library, Natan Fund, and Schusterman Family Foundation.