Jewish Journal

Yiddishkayt for Yiddle Ones

by Leora Alhadeff

December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

Hey parents... Uneasy about plopping your toddlers on the sofa to watch a puffy purple dinosaur? Think they need more Jewish culture?

The founders of "OyBaby" say it's never too early to start teaching your kids -- 6 months and up -- about Yiddishkayt.

The "OyBaby" DVD/VHS and accompanying CD educates the babes in basics like the Hebrew alphabet, colors and numbers, with a backdrop of colorful music. The collection features Jewish classics like "Heveinu Shalom Aleichem," and "David Melech Yisrael" sung by vocalists Stephanie and Lisa Schneiderman and Kim Palumbis. Loaded with Jewish rituals, the visual "OyBaby" has scenes of a woman lighting Shabbat candles with a baby girl dutifully mimicking the act of covering her eyes, and a recitation of "Hamotzi," with the toddlers munching on challah.

Just in time for Chanukah, the lovely trio sing the "Maoz Tzur" with candles being lit and dreidel playing in the background.

"Growing up, our parents taught us to celebrate our Judaism, and music was always a central part of that experience," said Lisi Wolf, one of the founders. "Now, as parents, we hope to do the same for our son. 'OyBaby' will be one of the first steps in his Jewish discovery, and we wish the same for other Jewish babies around the world."

For more information, visit www.oybaby.com .

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