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Shalom Sesame #7: It's Passover, Grover! (2010)



Available Format:
DVD

Its almost time to celebrate Passover, and there is no horseradish to be found. Grover, Anneliese and Avigail put their heads together to track it down, but things get tricky when there is an Oofnik involved! Featruing Anneliese van der Pol and a guest appearance by Jake Gyllenhaal.

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Chanuka & Passover at Bubbe's


(DVD Version)
Chanukah At Bubbe's:

This was the first release in the "Bubbe's Boarding House" series of Jewish children's videos. It got rave reviews and awards when it first came out back in 1989, and is still one of the best Hanukkah videos on the market. It's done with a very creative cast of puppets, and the Hanukkah story is told in a way that kids of all ages can relate to.

Bubbe is a loving Jewish grandmother who runs a boarding house, where a variety of characters live and work together to do the chores around the place. Most of them are cooperative and get along well together, but, as often happens, there's that one egotist who thinks the world revolves around him. So of course, he ends up playing King Antiochus, the Greek ruler in the Hanukkah story who ordered the Jews to worship his statue. After the story is told and the lessons learned, everyone sings Hanukkah songs together, including a very catchy original that goes, "We light up the candles every night -- it's a beautiful sight!"

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Passover at Bubbe's:

This video is done by the same puppet troupe (and has the same characters) as the award-winning Chanukkah at Bubbe's and is the second in their Jewish holiday series. That was the reason I bought it sight unseen -- and I was not disappointed. In fact, I think this video even surpasses the Chanukkah episode.

Bubbe is everybody's loveable Jewish grandmother, who runs a boarding house with a zany variety of characters living there. In this story, all -- well, almost all -- of them pitch in to help Bubbe get ready for Passover. You guessed it -- the lazy guy who tries to get everybody else to do his share of the work for him ends up as Pharoah in the flashback to the days of Moses.

Among of the cutest things on the video are the talking haggadah (Passover book) and the various ritual foods that come to life on the seder plate. The songs are good, too, combining old favorites with new originals. (The "Bubbe's Boarding House" theme song, while not about Passover per se, sure is catchy.) Every kid I have shown this to -- Jewish or not -- has absolutely loved it. Adults will enjoy it, too!

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Lamb Chop's Chanukah & Passover Surprise

Featuring Shari Lewis


(DVD Version)
Two festive and fun holiday specials starring Shari Lewis, Lamb Chop and pals. First, Shari and the gang are joined by celebrity friends Alan Thicke and Pat Morita for "Lamb Chop's Special Chanukah." Then, Charlie Horse convinces Dom DeLuise to prepare a seder in "Shari's Passover Surprise."

Product Description

A Rugrats Passover / A Rugrats Chanukah
Contains A Rugrats Chanukah and A Rugrats Passover - in a collectible holiday gift set.

A Rugrats Passover



Let My Babies Go! (Rugrats)
Picture Book Also Available
Trapped in the attic on Seder night with Tommy, Chuckie and 3-year-old Angelica, Grandpa Boris spins the Passover tale into a riveting adventure. As the story unfolds, Angelica's imagination casts the babies as Hebrews and herself as the first female Pharaoh.

Product Description


Anyone familliar with the Passover story, yet not how to explain the concept of plagues and miracles to younger children will find amusing help with the popular characters from the Rugrats series. Also good is an animated insight into the religious heritage of Tommy's mom.

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Shalom Sesame #10:
Passover
Join your favorite Sesame Street characters, Bert and Ernie, Grover, Cookie Monster and others, on an exciting tour of Israel. Created by Children's Television Workshop and Jim Henson Productions for Israeli television, this series will delight in both English and in Hebrew.

Presents the story of "Jerusalem Jones and the Lost Afikoman," as well as a skit on the invention of matzah with comedienne Anne Meara. Stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Alan King, and Mary Tyler Moore.

Passover at Bubbe's
This video is done by the same puppet troupe (and has the same characters) as the award-winning Chanukkah at Bubbe's and is the second in their Jewish holiday series. That was the reason I bought it sight unseen -- and I was not disappointed. In fact, I think this video even surpasses the Chanukkah episode.

Bubbe is everybody's loveable Jewish grandmother, who runs a boarding house with a zany variety of characters living there. In this story, all -- well, almost all -- of them pitch in to help Bubbe get ready for Passover. You guessed it -- the lazy guy who tries to get everybody else to do his share of the work for him ends up as Pharoah in the flashback to the days of Moses.

Among of the cutest things on the video are the talking haggadah (Passover book) and the various ritual foods that come to life on the seder plate. The songs are good, too, combining old favorites with new originals. (The "Bubbe's Boarding House" theme song, while not about Passover per se, sure is catchy.) Every kid I have shown this to -- Jewish or not -- has absolutely loved it. Adults will enjoy it, too!

Description from Amazon.com Customer Review

Alef Bet Blastoff:
Lights of Freedom, Passover
This imaginative children's series explores Jewish holidays, history, values, and traditions through the adventures of a lively and engaging puppet family. With mystery, music, and humor, the programs present age-old stories and enduring moral issues in creative, easily understandable ways. Guest stars include Ed Asner, Dom DeLuise, and Elliott Gould.

In each of the eight episodes, the magical Mitzvah Mouse takes Rachel and David to meet important figures in Jewish history. The children journey through time to learn lessons of Jewish tradition from the likes of Abraham, Jonah, Maimonides, Queen Esther, and Judah Maccabee. Through their exciting exploits, the puppet family discovers how Jewish values apply to life in America today.

The Animated Haggadah



Prayerbook Version Also Available
This telling of the Passover story explains the Jewish people's liberation from slavery in lively, creative claymation. The film, narrated by a twelve-year old named Danny, begins at a modern-day family Seder complete with parents, grandparents, and siblings.

Very quickly, the family is transported to ancient Egypt, a land where the evil Pharaoh, enthroned in the middle of a very sandy desert, performs wicked deeds in colorful ways. They and we witness reenactments of the burning bush, the ten plagues, and other events, along with clever depictions of ancient Egypt itself, a land of swaying pyramids and wily men.

The Animated Haggadah takes its young viewers on a journey into the mysterious past to explain the mysteries of the present, and shows Jewish history in a unique form.

Description from Publisher

A Passover Seder

Narrated by Elie Wiesel
This 30-minute video features an introduction by Elie Wiesel, who briefly talks about what Passover meant to him as a child in the Old Country, and as an adult now. Then comes a re-enactment of a family Seder, followed by a wrap-up by Elie Wiesel again. It's just the right length to use in a one-hour class and still have time for discussion.

The family portrayed is "typically American," i.e., they dress modern and do not put on their yarmulkes until they sit down at the table. That would classify them as a Conservative or Reform family. At the same time, the narration includes pictures of Jews from around the world, celebrating the Seder in various forms of traditional dress. The point is made that all these Jews are doing the same ceremony around their own home tables.

Members of the re-enacting family include the grandmother and grandfather from the Old Country, the Americanized parents, and their two children, a boy and a girl. (The little boy keeps asking "Do we eat yet?" -- pretty typical of kids and adding a nice note of informality.)

The Seder follows the proper order, but is not word-for-word from the Haggadah. The main purpose is to give a basic outline and teach the meaning behind the various items. As each thing is explained, little animations pop up to illustrate the story, such as cartoon frogs hopping all over the table, a talking matzah, etc. Animation is also used to illustrate a very nice story that the grandfather tells, about how charity was given to the poor in the Old Country. These animations add enough cuteness to keep younger kids interested, but, at the same time, they do not talk down to older viewers.

In addition to showing this to Jewish children, I have used it in multi-cultural programs to teach non-Jews about the holiday. Many students have already heard of Elie Wiesel in connection with his books about the Holocaust, and are usually interested to see what he's like on tape. Also, showing a video is better than just talking about the Passover customs. The singing of the blessings in Hebrew, the background music based on traditional melodies, and the general "stage presence" of the Jewish actors all combine to give an authentic "feel" to the presentation. In areas where there are no synagogues or Jewish families, the only way to get this authenticity is with audio-visuals.

When I use this in high school classes, I introduce it by explaining how the Seder ceremony itself is geared toward teaching children, and that this video was designed to help adults do that. Plus, the explanations are easier for beginners than a video which assumes you know about Judaism already. Older students usually "get" this and watch respectfully. Besides, they like the animations, too!

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Holidays For Children: Hanukkah/Passover
Two Jewish celebrations - Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, and Passover, a celebration of freedom and renewal - are presented to children through illustrated stories, puppets and songs. Youngsters learn about the miracle of the Menorah as they light Hanukkah candles, play games and sing songs, while a traditional Seder meal introduces children to the joy of Passover. A visit to a matzo bakery, performances by Jewish folk singers and a dreidel-making activity capture the joyous nature of these holidays.

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The Prince of Egypt (DVD)


Also Available on VHS
Nearly every biblical film is ambitious, creating pictures to go with some of the most famous and sacred stories in the Western world. DreamWorks' first animated film was the vision of executive producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, a key architect in the Disney studio's rebirth (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, etc.).

Here is an Egypt alive with energetic bustle and pristine buildings. Born a slave and set adrift in the river, Moses (voiced by Val Kilmer) is raised as the son of Pharaoh Seti (Patrick Stewart) and is a fitting rival for his stepbrother Rameses (Ralph Fiennes). When he learns of his roots--in a knockout sequence in which hieroglyphics come alive--he flees to the desert, where he finds his roots and heeds G-d's calling to free the slaves from Egypt.

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The Ten Commandments
(DVD)


Also Available in VHS and VHS Widescreen (40th Anniversary Collector's Edition) Formats.
Legendary silent film director Cecil B. DeMille didn't much alter the way he made movies after sound came in, and this 1956 biblical drama is proof of that. While graced with such 1950s niceties as VistaVision and Technicolor, The Ten Commandments (DeMille had already filmed an earlier version in 1923) has an anachronistic, impassioned style that finds lead actors Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner expressively posing while hundreds of extras writhe either in the presence of G-d's power or from orgiastic heat. DeMille, as always, plays both sides of the fence as far as sin goes, surrounding Heston's Moses with worshipful music and heavenly special effects while also making the sexy action around the cult of the Golden Calf look like fun. You have to see The Ten Commandments to understand its peculiar resonance as an old-new movie, complete with several still-impressive effects such as the parting of the Red Sea.

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Passover:
Traditions of Freedom

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