Phil was for many years a successful voice actor who among other things was the original voice of the toy talking bear, Teddy Ruxpin. In the 1980’s, Phil and Michelle were producers of video tape projects for children. Michelle is an executive with Disneyland in charge of entertainment outreach and Phil is using his beautiful singing voice to praise God as the professional cantor for Valley Beth Shalom congregation in Los Angeles.
Producers Michelle and Phil Baron produced a series of children’s videos for broadcast on the Jewish Television Network in the 1990s. This imaginative children’s series explores Jewish holidays, history, values, and traditions through the adventures of a lively and engaging puppet family. With mystery, music, and humor, the programs present age-old stories and enduring moral issues in creative, easily understandable ways. Guest stars include Ed Asner, Dom DeLuise, and Elliott Gould. In each of the eight episodes, the magical Mitzvah Mouse takes Rachel and David to meet important figures in Jewish history. The children journey through time to learn lessons of Jewish tradition from the likes of Abraham, Jonah, Maimonides, Queen Esther, and Judah Maccabee. Through their exciting exploits, the puppet family discovers how Jewish values apply to life in America today.