Purim Giveaway #2: Shalom Sesame Purim & Passover DVD Set

This is PURIM GIVEAWAY week! Did you catch my 1st giveaway yesterday to KosherWine.com?

Today for Giveway #2, I’ve got a great prize for those of you with little ones in your life.

The lovely folks at Shalom Sesame sent me and my family their latest pre-release titles, Be Happy: It’s Purim and It’s Passover, Grover!

The other day, we sat down to watch Be Happy: It’s Purim and were completely charmed. My favorite part? Natalie Portman’s cameo IN HEBREW!

The DVD features many of your favorite Sesame Street characters, plus a handful of Hollywood stars –  like Natalie and Eva Longoria. From sampling “Oznei Haman” (Hamantashen cookies) at the bakery to hosting a Purim Shpiel in the “kikar” (town square), the whole episode is sweet and engaging. And for my Israeli-born boys, it felt like a fun little touch of home. 🙂

My daughter was completely enamored with Moishe Oofnik, the Oscar the Grouch character, whose shenanigans threatened to ruin little Avigail’s Purim Shpiel. I won’t spoil the ending, but suffice it to say that good won out again on Purim 😉

Two lucky Kosher on a Budget readers will win a 2-disc Shalom Sesame DVD set, complete with Be Happy: It’s Purim & It’s Passover, Grover!

Do you want to win a Shalom Sesame DVD set?  You have three ways to enter to win. Be sure to leave separate comments for each answer to increase your chances.

(1) Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite Sesame Street character (I’m totally old school. Elmo? Feh. I love me some Suuuuuper Grover!)

(2) Subscribe to Kosher on a Budget – either via the RSS feed or the email updates, then come back and leave a second comment telling me you have done so. If you already subscribe to KOAB, just leave a comment to that effect.

(3) Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter. Be sure to include a link back to this post. Or you can just cut & paste this: I just entered to win two Shalom Sesame DVDs from @kosheronabudget. Come join the Purim fun! http://kosheronabudget.com/?p=6671 After you’ve tweeted, come back and leave a comment letting me know you’ve done so.

Entries on this – and the rest of my Purim giveaways – will end on Sunday, March 13 at midnight. I will announce all the winners on Monday morning!

All winners will be selected randomly. Each person can win only once during the week-long Purim Giveaway.

This giveaway is open to all Kosher on a Budget readers – from Akko to Alaska (and beyond!). If you are a winner and live in the United States, the DVDs will be mailed directly to you from the good PR people at Shalom Sesame. If you win and you live outside the United States, I will ship the DVDs to you on my own dime. I won’t, however, be responsible for any duties or tariffs you may need to pay by your home country.

Disclosure: Shalom Sesame provided my family with free copies of the Purim and Passover DVDs for my honest review. I was not compensated in any other way for running this giveaway. My opinions of the adorable Natalie Portman are all my own.


  1. I subscribe to your RSS feeds

  2. email subscriber

  3. I’m old-school, too. The Count!

  4. Thanks .so much for this giveaway. I have heard rave reviews about the new Shalom Sesame series, and we’re so glad to have Jewish movies supplement Barney and Blues Clues when we need a little time to cook for Shabbat.

    My favorite sesame street character is cookie monster. These videos would certainly bring some simcha to my house!!

  5. I receive the daily e-mails and follow you on FB as well. Thanks for all the time and love you put into this blog, Mara!

  6. I LOVE Zoe! I’ve always loved her bubbly personality, but now she completely reminds me of my 2 1/2 yr old niece who is just as bubbly. And, like Zoe, my niece is so dainty and little, but a total fire-ball!

    And, I already follow you on Twitter :)!

  7. We love Prairie Dawn!!

  8. I am a new subscriber via Google Reader – love your blog!

  9. Elmo, a.k.a ”owmo”, is my favorite 🙂

  10. oscar the grouch is my personal favorite – even my grouchiness can’t compare with his!

  11. I have subscribed to your email list!

  12. Big Bird!

  13. I’m a big Grover fan, too!

  14. I already subscribe to your email list.

  15. My favorite is cookie monster because I love cookies too!

  16. Done and done, and can it be someone from Rechov Sumsum?? Totally love Kippy!

  17. I’m with you Elmo for sure!!
    Although I am jealous of cookie monster, how he can eat all those cookies and not gain a pond!

    I really thought it was so funny how the contestants on Top Chef reacted to the puppets when they guest judged an episode this season, it was funny to watch:)

    Thanks for opening your contests to Israeli readers too 🙂


  18. Lauren Gerofsky says

    Super Grover is way up on my list too! I also love Bert and Ernie. The original Shalom Sesames are great. Can’t wait to see the new ones.

  19. Lauren Gerofsky says

    Signed up for your email updates. Not sure why I never have before? Looking forward to them.

  20. Shoshana says

    Harry Monster! Classic SS with Harry and JJ doing the ABCs.

  21. My children are here with me and have unanimously voted for ELMO! Hope we win! Thanks for the opportunity.

  22. I get your emails……….. 🙂

  23. I LOVE LOVE LOVE GROVER!!!!! SUPERGROVER!!!! Though my daughter is OBSESSED with Elmo… But for me Grover will always be the cute little furry blue monster at the end of the book. 🙂

  24. I like (and DS likes) Elmo 🙂

  25. Tweet tweet 🙂

  26. sara lea says

    Cookie monster has always been my favorite! He’s so much fun and he gets to eat cookies!

  27. sara lea says

    I get your emails and LOVE your blog! Thanks for all your hard work. I’ve saved lots of money and really enjoy reading your posts. Thanks!

  28. Sherlock Hemlock!!

    (but I also have love for COOOOOKIIIEE!)

  29. Grover is the cutest, but I love how grouchy Oscar is-like me before my coffee! I like you on FB and get your emails.

  30. I subscribe and love getting your updates. As for Sesame, I’m an Oscar the Grouch fan!

  31. I’m an Ernie fan!

  32. Just “found” your blog and I’m loving it! Signed up for emails too. Favorite SS characters- “the rock stars” who sing “I’m Alive” (breath in breath out) from the early 8os.

  33. I LOVE Elmo!

  34. i subscribed by rss feed

  35. big bird and the count are my favorites.

  36. Is no one else a fan of Harry monster?

    • I thought his name was Herry Monster. I was always too scared of him; even though he is sweet, the big furry face was terrifying to me.

  37. In our house, we are big fans of the Count.

  38. Chasya-Uriel says

    liked you on FB

  39. I’m gonna have to go with Grover. Love his voice and cuteness.
    Also, I liked your page on Facebook.

  40. Lisa Brown says

    Elmo or “Mo” as my kids said for the longest time is still our favorite! What a fun giveaway!

  41. Kimberly says

    I love Bert. He love pigeons, oatmeal and figgy fizz soda, whats not to love?

  42. Kimberly says

    I follow via email

  43. Mom in NJ says

    I looved Grover as a kid, still do. My dad even called Elmo “Red Grover”.

  44. Mom in NJ says

    Signed up for RSS.

  45. D Goldstein says

    I am a current subscriber.

  46. D Goldstein says


  47. I have always loved Big Bird – he is just so much fun!

  48. I already receive the email updates – and I love them!

  49. I tweeted about the giveaway!

  50. Melissa M. says

    Have to agree with Julie . . . Grover as a waiter was my fave character 🙂