A Jew-centric version of Sesame Street, titled Shalom Sesame, is currently being filmed in both Israel and the US. My brain is actually malfunctioning from the amount of possible jokes bouncing around in there. Let’s just start with: it’s never too early to teach a kid to count. Interest.
The show will feature Jewish celebs – pretty ones, like Jake Gyllenhaal and Christina Applegate – teaching Jewish-American children about their culture, particularly that “chosen people” aspect, since the main message of this show in my opinion is that Jews are so special we even get our own Sesame Street. Top that, blacks. You only get your own version of commercials for Tide that air on BET. (You also get the network, obviously, but we get ALL the networks.) Speaking of blacks, Cedric the Entertainer is attached. Is he on some Sammy Davis Jr. ish, or is he there to teach the kids not to be afraid? The only other black Jew I know is Shyne.
Anneliese van der Pol, who I have never heard of but is apparently on That’s So Raven will also appear. Check out how the AP describes her:
“I think it’s really important to educate children in a fun way and a not too confusing way,” said the 24-year-old musical star, who is Jewish and is named after teenage Holocaust victim Anne Frank.
Nice namesake! Too bad you’re 24; by rights you should be in this as well.