Going from Strength to Strength: A Look at the VIA Character Strengths

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Jillian Coppley Darwish provided the 3rd part in this Thriving Jewishly Series. This is a deep dive into the VIA Institute's Character Strength system, and how it can be used in Jewish educational sites.


  1. Video about Mayerson Academy as an introduction to Jillian Coppley Darwish and her work. 
  2. Article from ejewishphilanthropy about applying positive psychology in congregations.


  1. Take the VIA Character Strengths survey!  
  2. Jewish applications of the Character Strengths:

    a) Building Mensches One Character Day at a Time (article from the Jewish News of Northern California)

    b) Making Mensches: A Periodic Table (from the Foundation of Jewish Camp)
  3. Short films about character development

    a) The Science of Character
    b) The Making of a Mensch (scroll down)
  4. Click View Resources below for an exploration of the Purim story through Character Strengths and more. 
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This webinar is the 3rd in the 4 part series from Shinui and The Jewish Education Project, "Cultivating Thriving Lives: A National Conversation on Jewish Education."



  • After School and Beyond
  • Educator Training
  • Congregational Learning
  • Day Schools and Yeshivas
  • Teen Engagement