SISU Entertainment launches 'Shalom Sesame' DVD club

NEW YORK — The award-winning "Shalom Sesame" DVD series is now available as part of a year-long DVD club designed to provide consumers a wide array of discount purchasing plans to meet their specific needs, SISU Entertainment announced today.

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 more information about the club and the various plans available, you can visit SISU's webpage.

"Shalom Sesame" is a 12-part DVD series co-produced by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, and Israel's Channel HOP, featuring lovable, furry Grover and celebrity host Anneliese van der Pol — of That’s So Raven and Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast — as they travel to Israel meeting new people and learning new things. 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.

“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 popular show has garnered several awards over the last two years including: 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: Best Production in the “Children’s Entertainment” Category specifically for the “Chanukah the Missing Menorah” (2012); and the Dr. Toy Best Pick Award (2010).

The 12 DVDs available 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," with each DVD loaded with a wealth of bonus features.

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