Monday, December 3, 2012

SISU Home Entertainment Launches Shalom Sesame DVD Club

Featuring Award-Winning Programming, Favorite Sesame Street Friends and Celebrity Guest Appearances

"SISU Home Entertainment, publisher and distributor of the award-winning, popular Shalom Sesame DVD series , announces a year-long Shalom Sesame DVD Club designed to give families a variety of discount purchasing plans to fit their specific needs . 

Lovable, furry Grover and celebrity host Anneliese van der Pol (That’s So Raven, Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast) travel to Israel to meet new people and learn new things in this 12-part DVD series co-produced by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, and Israel’s Channel HOP!  Each 30-minute, live-action and animated DVD focuses on storylines drawn from Jewish cultural traditions, highlighting lessons on Hebrew letters and words, unique sites in Israel, and Jewish values. Through Sesame Street characters, celebrities and stories, viewers learn about Jewish traditions, culture and holidays such as Purim, Passover, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Guest appearances by celebrity talent include Debra Messing, Achinoam Nini, Mira Awad, Jake Gyllenhaal, Christina Applegate and Greg Kinnear.

SISU is offering several different programs within the Shalom Sesame DVD Club, which is free to join.  Members can opt for purchasing the entire DVD series or single titles for a 15% discount off the SRP of $14.95, in a single shipment or on a monthly basis similar to the famed book clubs. For specific information about the club and its various plans, visit

“We are pleased to make this very popular series available through the Shalom Sesame DVD Club, which offers discounts and exclusive benefits, free of charge, to its members,” said Haim Scheininger, president of SISU Home Entertainment, Inc. “In addition to the DVD series, three million viewers have watched its PBS broadcast and millions more are expected to watch Shalom Sesame’s “Chanukah the Missing Menorah” episode on PBS this December. With over two million views on Facebook and over one million YouTube visits, families are embracing Shalom Sesame for its award-winning content and educational values.”

The 12 DVDs in the series are: “Welcome to Israel,” “Chanukah: The Missing Menorah,” Shabbat Shalom, Grover!,” “Grover Plants a Tree,” “Mitzvah on the Street,” “Be Happy, It’s Purim!,” “It’s Passover, Grover!,” “Grover Learns Hebrew,” “Countdown to Shavuot,” “The Sticky Shofar,” “Monsters in the Sukkah,” and “Adventures in Israel.”

Awards include The CINE Golden Eagle Award in the Professional Telecast Fiction Division. (2011), the Hugo Television Award Certificate of Merit: Children’s Program for “It’s Passover, Grover!” (2011), CINE Special Jury Award (2012): Best Production in the “Children’s Entertainment” Category specifically for the “Chanukah the Missing Menorah,” and the Dr. Toy Best Pick Award (2010).

Each Shalom Sesame DVD includes a wealth of over 20 minutes of bonus extras including trailers, sneak peeks of all titles, Grover’s Video Player (music videos), sing-alongs and Karaoke of favorite tunes like “Aleph Bet Song,” "Rosh Hashanah Hannah" (a spoof of Hannah Montana) and the famous “Rubber Duckie” song (in Hebrew!) among others. A highlight of Grover’s Video Player on Adventures in Israel is “There Must Be Another Way” by Achinoam Nini, Mira Awad and Shalom Sesame friends– the song that represented Israel in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest(in Hebrew, Arabic and English).

For more information, including materials for parents and educators, please visit For clips from the series, visit the brand new Shalom Sesame YouTube Channel at Check out Shalom Sesame on Facebook at"

About Sesame Workshop:
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization that revolutionized children’s television programming with the landmark Sesame Street. The Workshop produces local Sesame Street programs, seen in over 150 countries, and other acclaimed shows including The Electric Company, to help bridge the literacy gap. Beyond television, the Workshop produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy, health and military deployment. Initiatives meet specific needs to help young children and families develop critical skills, acquire healthy habits and build emotional strength to prepare them for lifelong learning. Learn more at

About SISU Entertainment
SISU Home Entertainment, Inc. was established in 1988 as a publisher and distributor of Israeli and Jewish video, audio, book and multimedia properties. The company’s goal has always been to make its products easily available to the Jewish market, whether directly from SISU/KOL AMI or through various Judaica shops, major retail stores and websites.  SISU’s extensive selection of videos includes the best children’s programs available for the Jewish and Israeli consumer. It also includes documentaries and feature films, as well as programs on Jewish life and entertainment, social issues, the Bible and the Holocaust. SISU’s music selection includes everything from legendary Israeli performers to up-and-coming Jewish artists from Israel and the U.S. SISU caters both to secular and religious music consumers.  SISU is a major supplier of Jewish/Israeli programming to major national distributors, retailers, catalogues and other venues in the U.S.

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