Shalom Sesame
GenreChildren's television series
Based onRechov Sumsum
Opening themeShalom Sesame Theme Song
Country of originUnited States
Original languages
  • English
  • Hebrew
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesSesame Workshop
HOP! Channel (Revival series)
Original release
Release1987 (1987) –
1991 (1991)
NetworkPBS Kids
Release2010 (2010) –
2011 (2011)

Shalom Sesame is an anglicized variation of Rechov Sumsum (רחוב סומסום), the Israeli version of Sesame Street, which originally aired in 1983. Shalom Sesame was produced in 1986 and 1990 for public television stations in the United States, aimed at introducing Israel and Judaism to children that are not necessarily fluent in the Hebrew language, since Rechov Sumsum is completely done in Hebrew.[citation needed] Unlike the main Sesame Street series, Shalom Sesame was independently distributed to PBS-member stations, and not by PBS themselves.

It includes characters from both Sesame Street and Rechov Sumsum, the Hebrew/Arabic version of Sesame Street, produced and aired in Israel, the Palestinian territories, and Jordan.

Also, as with the American series, the series featured special guests well known to American viewers. Guests included Itzhak Perlman, Bonnie Franklin, Mary Tyler Moore, Mandy Patinkin, Alan King, Joan Rivers, Nell Carter, Jerry Stiller, Jeremy Miller, Anne Meara, Tracey Gold, B.B. King, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Paul Shaffer.

In October 2010, a new 12-part Shalom Sesame series began, with stars including Jake Gyllenhaal, Christina Applegate, Debra Messing, Greg Kinnear, Anneliese van der Pol, and Cedric the Entertainer.[1][2] The new series added Mahboub, an Arab Israeli muppet, and other new characters from the 2006 revival of Rechov Sumsum.[3] It also features the Israeli singer Ayal Ingedashet, of Ethiopian Jewish background, as the human character Lamlam in each series.

Characters from Rechov Sumsum

Characters from Sesame Street


Episode list

1986 series

  1. "The Land of Israel"
  2. "Tel Aviv"
  3. "Kibbutz"
  4. "The People of Israel"
  5. "Jerusalem"

1990 series

  1. "Chanukah"
  2. "Sing Around the Seasons"
  3. "Journey to Secret Places"

1991 series

  1. "Aleph-Bet Telethon"
  2. "Passover"
  3. "Kids Sing Israel"

2010 series

  1. "Welcome to Israel"
  2. "Chanukah: The Missing Menorah"

2011 series

  1. "Shabbat Shalom, Grover!"
  2. "Grover Plants a Tree"
  3. "Mitzvah on the Street"
  4. "Be Happy, It's Purim!"
  5. "It's Passover, Grover!"
  6. "Grover Learns Hebrew"
  7. "Countdown to Shavuot"
  8. "The Sticky Shofar"
  9. "Monsters in the Sukkah"
  10. "Adventures in Israel"

Home media

In the 1990s, the entire series was released on home video, in the VHS format.

In the mid-2000s, SISU Home Entertainment, a U.S. marketer and distributor of Israeli and Jewish video, audio, book, and multimedia properties] released the entire series on a five-disc DVD set, available as a set or per disc.