Rob and Lisi Wolf, parents of two, have one more kid-video challenge: how to instill in their children a love of Jewish symbols and melodies.
The couple from Mercer Island, Wash., turned to three singing sisters from Portland: Stephanie and Lisa Schneiderman and Kim Palumbis. Stephanie says she and Lisa are "full-time, involved aunts" to Kim's two children.
Stephanie produced the music. She, the Wolfs and others created a richly visual film that moves seamlessly from toddlers, entranced by the Sabbath table or colored balls, to photographs of a shofar and scrolls. From ocean waves breaking on a variety of beaches to splats of bright paint that illustrate the Hebrew names of colors. Bold black-and-white lines melt into actual silver candlesticks, crystal glasses, red wine and challah. Graphic stars pulse and fade from one brilliant color to another.
It's all set to beloved Jewish songs that recall fun summers at B'nai B'rith camp, rendered in beautiful harmonies that are easy on adult ears. Besides the jungle-infused version of "Zum Gali Gali," there's a jazzy "Eitz Chaim (Tree of Life)" and a rip-roaring children's chorus singing "Dayenu".
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