The Mensch Hall of Fame (MHF) is a celebration of human spirit, character, and leadership. Its designed to honor people who live lives of meaning that value goodness and kindness. Organized by Chabad SF, its mission is to recognize a diverse community of great people who do good things.
Our new hall of fame is both a network of people and a digital platform with a big mission. We seek to inspire people around the world to be a mensch by pointing out people of spirit and character to emulate.
We need more mensches!
Every year, starting in May of 2023, we will be inducting a select number of mensches (menschen) into our special hall of fame. This will happen at the Hall of Fame Awards VIP Reception and Lunch at the historic San Francisco Mint. In April we will announce the names and details of the first inductees. At that time a limited number of tickets will go on sale for our first annual awards event.
This new awards lunch and philanthropic networking event is a benefit to support the Bill Graham Menorah Project's annual celebration of Chanukah in Union Square and the programs of Chabad SF.
Bill Graham was a world class mensch and the original benefactor of Chanukah in Union Square. Since 1975, the 22-foot "Bill Graham Mama Menorah" has set the stage for public celebrations of Chanukah in thousands of cities worldwide. People from all walks of life come together each year over 8 days to hear rousing music, eat traditional foods and, of course, light the menorah. Upbeat and joyful, it is an opportunity to spread the spirit of Chanukah throughout the Bay Area and to people of all faiths.
Like many menschen, Bill Graham was not a religious person, but his spirit of goodness and kindness helped spread light and push away darkness around the world. He started his life as a child refugee of the holocaust. His amazing life and legacy of public and private mensch-worthy actions continues to inspire us today.
Please join us in supporting our new Hall of Fame, philanthropic gathering, and heartfelt celebration of mensch-worthy goodness and kindness.