My family is Jewish, and I grew up in a mostly non-Jewish town (plus, we were barely observant). Jewish holidays were less an occasion for me than a moment of curiosity, as in "Mom, what's Rosh Hashana?" I felt more connected to Christmas and secular American holidays simply because they were celebrated in my community — my neighborhood and my school.
Alongside all the Halloween decorations and the Christmas specials, how wonderful it would have been to see characters I loved singing and dancing to the theme of the Jewish holidays. And I LOVED Sesame Street. Still do.
The kid in me got all excited when a PR email with the subject "Shalom Sesame Street" hit my inbox. Turns out Sesame Workshop created a 12-part series touching on all of the major Jewish holidays. Muppets! Songs! Jake Gyllenhaal! Oh, yeah.
You can buy the DVDs separately, but the PR pitch was a heads-up about the upcoming Shalom Sesame box set, available for preorder and releasing on October 11, 2011.
Here's a little YouTube preview:
The Shalom Sesame website has more info and lots of fun games and activities.
I wrote this post based on an email I received from Shalom Sesame's PR company. I wasn't paid to write it; I'm just excited to pass along the news.