For those of you who are unfamiliar with Shalom Sesame (most of you), it was a version of Sesame Street produced in the 80’s and 90’s that was meant to introduce little PBS watching Jewish kids to Israel. Just like the real Sesame Street, it had Big Bird and Burt and Ernie, but Burt only spoke Hebrew, and instead of Big Bird being the main character, the lead was a huge pink porcupine named Kippy (see right). It was seriously weird. And then there would be celebrities like Itzhak Pearlman (KIDS LOVE ITZHAK PEARLMAN!!) and Ben from Growing Pains as guest stars. The show was all over the place in the Jewiest way possible.
In this previous post, there was a brief mention of Shalom Sesame with a link to its theme song. It was by searching for the theme song on YouTube that led us to the following video. Apparently Shalome Sesame IS BACK!!! They started making new episodes in October of 2010 and Jake Gyllenhaal is one of the new guest stars that makes so sense.
And guess what Jake Gyllenhaal did? He hid the afikoman.
And that’s EXACTLY what the show as like in the early 90’s. Super dry explanations of Jewy things by famous people who aren’t really famous to kids. According to Wikipedia, other guest stars for this new season of Shalom Sesame are Christina Applegate, Debra Messing, Greg Kinnear, Anneliese van der Pol, and Cedric the Entertainer. Keep it up, Shalom Sesame. You’re knocking it out of the park all over again.