Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas


Film & Food
Philadelphia Premiere
Date: Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: 5 PM
Location: Gershman Y

Director: Larry Weinstein
Genre: Doc Feature
Country: Canada
Year: 2017
Running Time: 52 min
Language: English

Sponsored by: Debbie and Bob Fleischman

General Admission: $30 (*includes film and post-film reception)

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“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” “Silver Bells.” “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

Who would have guessed that some of the most iconic Christmas songs were written by Jewish-American songwriters, the likes of Irving Berlin and Johnny Marks? In this charming musical documentary, director Larry Weinstein recreates the warm, bright Christmases of his childhood memories while documenting a broader history of the Jewish roots of Christmas songs. Set amidst a crowded Chinese restaurant on a cold winter night in the 1960s, servers break out into song and dance while musicians, comedians, and historians discuss the American Jewish relationship with Christmas.

With vibrant renditions of the most popular Christmas tunes, DREAMING OF A JEWISH CHRISTMAS is a joyful holiday movie brimming with warmth and spirit.

Featuring a live performance by The Village Carolers!

Join us after the film for a delicious Christmas-themed Chinese buffet dinner. Ugly Christmas sweaters optional!

Special Guests: Jeffrey Barg, performer, composer and writer; The Village Carolers, professional holiday performing group


For Fans of:

  • Americana
  • Christmas
  • Christmas music
  • Documentaries
  • Jewish history
  • Musicals
  • Pop culture

Official Selection:

  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
  • Toronto Jewish Film Festival


  • “Fabulously informative and fun.” (John Doyle, The Globe and Mail)