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Shalom Sesame: Welcome to Israel

4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product Description

Grover goes to Israel! Join your favorite blue monster and his new pal, Anneliese van der Pol, as they begin to explore this beautiful land. It's an adventure they'll never forget; full of fun, friends and flying falafel!

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Delightful and filled with everything we love about Sesame Street... I'll admit--I lol'd --modernjewishmom.com

Perfect gift for any child - great for teaching about another culture and its traditions --Wishingpenny

I can't wait to view the other 10 releases next year... --Energizerbunnysmommyreports

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Product Details

  • Actors: Anneliese van der Pol, Christina Applegate
  • Directors: Sesame Workshop
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: SISU Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 28 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VE9WQU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,281 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Welcome to Israel is the initial title of a new 12-DVD series "Shalom Sesame", by the creators of the widely beloved educational program Sesame Street. "Shalom Sesame" is meant to introduce viewers to Jewish customs, holidays, traditions, and culture. In Welcome to Israel, furry muppet friends and Anneliese van der Pol explore and learn about the beautiful country of Israel. Though especially ideal for youngsters age 3-8, Welcome to Israel is enjoyable for the whole family, featuring pleasing songs, breathtaking photography, and amazing fun facts. 28 minutes plus 22 minutes extras. Also highly recommended is volume two of the "Shalom Sesame" series, Chanukah: The Missing Menorah (28 minutes plus 22 minutes extras).
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I was disappointed in this DVD and have no desire to see it multiple times. But who cares? My 3-year-old loves it and is now counting in Hebrew! I loved the original Shalom Sesame, but the new one is much more appropriate for the preschool age group. Pros: No Elmo, and Grover is the primary muppet. Things are simple enough for young children to enjoy. The residents of Rechov Sumsum are a joy and not condescending. I enjoyed seeing the Arab muppet and gorgeous Ethiopian-Israeli resident Lemlem. Cons: Annelise van der Pol is loudly saccharin. Hebrew words are presented with extreme American accents. No Kippy the porcupine (actually this might be a pro for some!). Each 20-something minute episode gets its own DVD (wasteful/expensive!), and you have to watch the commercials every time. In this first 20-something-minute episode, there are a full 3 sketches that have nothing to do with Israel or Judaism. Nice sketches, but why? I am looking forward to (my child) enjoying future episodes.
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I used to LOVE the classic Shalom Sesame, so I was excited to buy this for my friend's 2-year-old. The kid stared raptly at the TV, so from her perspective it was probably very good, but I was underwhelmed.

- Several filler sketches (repeats from other episodes) with no connection to Israel, Hebrew, Judaism, or any of the Rechov Sumsum cast

- The entire DVD has only one 20-min episode (my friend said: "I hope you didn't spend too much on this." I didn't, but still.)

- It was a fairly soft intro to 'Shalom', falafel, counting, and not much else.

- Fairly long intro ad

I'll probably still try to get the others at some point, but maybe I'll rent or borrow them instead of buying each episode separately.
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We are not Jewish, but my husband is being sent to Israel for training for his job for a month. So I purchased this & the adventures of Israel, for our 3 year old daughter. So she could see & understand where her father was & so they could have something to talk about when he calls home. She loves these videos so much & learning about a different culture I purchasing the 5 DVD set. Not to mention, that I learned some facts & helped me deal with the fact he was going to Israel. Thanks Sesame Street for helping us see a different culture & country without leaving the comfort of our home. The only con was my daughter, Loves Elmo & he only appeared in 1 of these DVD for a minute. Shalom Sesame, a little more of Elmo, please.
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