Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas is an offbeat, playful celebration of the Jewish American songwriters
who composed the soundtrack to the holiday season. In an irony of ironies, it was Jewish
immigrant outsiders - Irving Berlin, Mel Tormé and many others - who redefined Christmas as a
secular and inclusive cultural phenomenon. Penning such yuletide classics as “White Christmas,”
“Let It Snow” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” these artists amplified the spirit of the holidays
through musical merriment. A panoply of performers delivers signature renditions of these
beloved melodies, amusingly set in a Chinese restaurant, while musicologists, religious leaders,
comedians and others add insights into the strange, contradictory and poignant relationship
American Jews have with “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (also written by a Jew).
Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion
Set in Dublin in the 1970’s, this film explores a rarely glimpsed Ireland, as seen through the eyes
of spirited seven-year-old Hannah Cohen. Hannah can’t wait to make her Holy Communion- only
problem is she’s Jewish! An Irish/Jewish film with an international feel, the beauty of the story lies
in its simplicity, humor, and the universal desire to fit in.