2013, New York, NY -- The Union for Reform Judaism, in partnership with Shalom
Sesame, now shares Shalom Sesames engaging videos on ReformJudaism.org, the first website to approach Jewish
life, practice, learning, and social justice from a modern Jewish perspective.
Families of young children and Jewish educators who are searching for creative
ways to explore Jewish stories, culture, and ideas can now find new video
content, suggested activities and topics for discussion from Shalom Sesame.
Just in time
for Hanukkah, we have Shalom Sesame videos that
parents can watch with their children. Then, they can try some of the discussion ideas and activities recommended by Reform Jewish
educators to further extend the lessons learned in the videos, said URJ
Director of Communications Deborah Goldberg, We hope the videos will inspire
visitors to find age appropriate ways to discuss Jewish holidays and ideas with
Sesame Workshop over 25 years ago, the first edition of Shalom Sesame became
the most popular Jewish video series ever. Twelve new episodes were released in
2010, and along with the programs strong web presence, the multimedia content
has already been enjoyed by millions of families across North America.
ShalomSesame.org videos and content focus on the Jewish holiday cycle, Jewish
values, Shabbat, Israel and the Hebrew language.
Shalom Sesame multimedia approach serves as an "on-ramp" for young
children, a flexible engagement tool for parents and educators alike. In
research on the impact on Shalom Sesame, 9 out of 10 parents rated Shalom
Sesame "good" or "great," reporting many incidents where
children's connection to the Sesame Street characters acted as a successful
springboard for family conversations on Jewish holidays, culture, and values. Research
concludes that the Shalom Sesame multimedia programming succeeds as both an
effective catalyst and tool in early childhood Jewish education.
other organizations that are interested in hosting a screening of Shalom Sesame
may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
the Union for Reform Judaism
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) is a dynamic network of
congregations, institutions, lay leaders, clergy and professionals across North
America that impacts the lives of millions of individuals every day. Our
progressive, inclusive approach unites thousands of years of Jewish tradition
and values with modern Jewish experience to strengthen Judaism today and for
future generations. Through programs, information and networking opportunities
provided by the URJ, our nearly 900 member congregations enhance their capacity
to build and expand community, deepen Jewish learning, energize worship, pursue
social justice and develop inspired leadership.