'Sesame Street' Coming Back on Air With 40 New Episodes

"Sesame Street" is returning to television screens this month on preschool channel Hop! after a 10-year hiatus. The 40 new shows, co-produced by Hop! and the nonprofit Sesame Workshop, try to deal with Israel's multicultural nature and promote tolerance and cooperation.

The series returns with familiar characters such as Moishe Offenik - a nonconformist who chooses life in a garbage can - and new characters like Abigail, who seeks to learn of the daily wonders of the world, talented musician Mahbub, and the well-intentioned Noah and the responsible Brosh, both of whom are puppets.

Actors involved in the production include Dror Keren playing Tzachi, an absent-minded inventor, Israel Poliakov (pictured) as Grampa Gershon, Jenya Dodina, owner of the magic store, Hind Ayub playing art student Ibthiasam, Shai Fredo playing another student, Malkamo, and Neta Shlomi, the neighborhood babysitter. Episodes include guest appearances by actors and public figures such as Orna Banai, Rabbi Yisrael Lau, Gila Almagor and Amal Murkus.