CINCINNATI, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The pop culture icon, THE MENSCH ON A BENCH has not only expanded his Mishpacha, but also continues to solidify his presence as a meaningful holiday presence for Jewish and interfaith families. Neal Hoffman, creator of The Mensch on a Bench, has been hard at work spreading the message of acceptance, learning from history, as well as a healthy dose of humor and entertainment as he adds HANNAH THE HANUKKAH HERO and ASK BUBBE to the line.
Working with Robert Herjavec and Lori Grenier from ABC's Shark Tank, Mr. Hoffman developed Hannah the Hanukkah Hero and Ask Bubbe as part of a larger strategic vision for the overall brand. Ask Bubbe is an interactive doll that showcases the charming wit for which Jewish Grandmothers are well-known and loved, while the all new Hannah the Hanukkah Hero is a book and doll set about Hannah Maccabee and her quest to prove her mettle against all odds. "It was important to me to add Ask Bubbe to the line as grandmothers are the cornerstone of any Jewish family. Their unwavering love and often humorous opinions are just some of their endearing characteristics," said Neal Hoffman, creator. "My family has had a huge impact on my sense of humor and has fueled my passion to share it with a larger community. After all, Bubbe is the voice of my 71-year-old Aunt Sue - who is available for interviews - and includes some of her catchphrases such as, "It wasn't like that when I was a kid," explains Hoffman. "Hannah, on the other hand, teaches core Jewish values and empowers girls with the knowledge that they can make a difference, too." THE MENSCH ON A BENCH book and doll set tells the story of Moshe the Hanukkah hero, who extols the true virtues of being a "mensch" - a "good person" - while telling the story of the Jewish holiday through adventures that always circle back to the values of kindness, gratitude, humor and an independent spirit. The Mensch on a Bench has received the following awards: NAPPA, Family Choice, and Mr. Dad. Available now, SRP $29.99. HANNAH THE HANUKKAH HERO book and doll set teaches children how to unleash their inner Hanukkah Hero! How? Because Hannah Maccabee is mad! Her cousins have gone off to face the Greeks and defend the Jewish people, while she's sitting at the Great Temple, not allowed to help. Luckily, Hannah is smart, strong, and has a heart filled with love. Nothing can stand in her way! The moral of Hannah's story is that kids should find what attributes they have to share with the world and then use them to make a positive impact. Hannah the Hanukkah Hero has received a 2016 NAPPA award. Available November, 2016, SRP $29.99. ASK BUBBE is the equivalent of "Magic 8-Ball Meets Jewish Grandmother!" Now everyone can have a Jewish Grandmother nearby to give them love and advice. Ask Bubbe comes complete with answers, laughs, oy veys, and of course, a healthy dose of guilt! People can Ask Bubbe anything to get the answer they'd expect - or not expect - from "gently" recommending that you give her a kiss to "suggesting" a sweatshirt because it's cold outside. Ask Bubbe has received The Toy Insider Top Holiday Toy Award for 2016. Available now, SRP $19.99. Additionally, The Mensch on a Bench has been adopted as the official mascot of Israel's national baseball team and will be travelling with them to the 2017 World Baseball Classic next year. Championed by star player Cody Decker, The Mensch on a Bench is ready to play ball! About The Mensch on a BenchCreated by Neal Hoffman, the award-winning The Mensch on a Bench tells the wonderful story of Moshe the Mensch, who watched over the menorah during the great miracle of Hanukkah. The hardcover storybook comes with a 12" plush doll that holds the Shamash (leader) candle. With over 5 million Jewish people in the United States, Moshe serves to introduce children to the traditions of Hanukkah, as well teaches them to be good and honorable people, known as "mensches." Available this holiday season at Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Michael's and other retailers, The Mensch on a Bench line of products includes Hannah the Hanukkah Hero, Ask Bubbe and more. For additional information, please visit www.TheMenschOnABench.com and to become a part of their fun-loving community, check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Contact: Allison KatzNOBL Communications508-963-9034 firstname.lastname@example.org Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161201/444747