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Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas

Dinner and a Doc

Public Programs | Film, Special Event

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Enjoy a screening of the documentary Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas—set almost entirely in a Chinese restaurant—about the Jewish songwriters who penned your favorite Christmas carols.

This is a past program

This program took place on
Wednesday, December 13, 2023

About the Program

What's a more quintessential American-Jewish Christmas than one that includes Chinese food and a movie? Enjoy both elements wrapped up in a screening of this offbeat, irreverent musical documentary!

Set almost entirely in a Chinese restaurant, Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas tells the story of a group of Jewish songwriters, including Irving Berlin, Mel Tormé, Jay Livingston, Ray Evans, Gloria Shayne Baker, and Johnny Marks, who wrote the soundtrack to Christianity’s most musical holiday. It’s an amazing tale of immigrant outsiders who became irreplaceable players in pop culture’s mainstreama generation of songwriters who found in Christmas the perfect holiday in which to imagine a better world, and for at least one day a year, make us believe in it. (2018, 55 minutes. No MPAA rating)

Joining us for dinner?

For those who reserved tickets that included dinner and a documentary, enjoy Chinese food at the Skirball's Zeidler's Café before the screening of Dreaming of Jewish Christmas.

Advance tickets that included both dinner and the documentary are now full.

Watch the "Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas" trailer.

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