The best Jewish movies and TV shows on Netflix to celebrate Chanukah

As you gather around the TV after a night of latkes and dreidels, why not turn to a Hanukkah movie for some family fun? It’s that time of year after all.

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Okay so these are slim choices when it comes to real Hanukkah centric movies, but let me introduce the best celebratory movies about being Jewish or celebrating holy days on Netflix.

Movies:

1.The awakening of Motti Wolkenbruch (2018) is an adaptation of a Swiss film that follows a nice Orthodox man as he tries to find love and falls in love with a girl her mother would never approve of.

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2.An american pickle (2020) stars Seth Rogan as Ben and Herschel Greenbaum in an intergenerational story of family, love, and tradition.

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3.Eight crazy nights (2002) is an animated film based on “The Chanukkah Song” by Adam Sandler. Fun fact: This movie was Sandler’s first foray into voice acting.

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4.My stepfather, my parents and I (2004) is a classic comedy starring Ben Stiller as Greg Focker. Greg introduces his fiance’s family (The Byrnes) to his parents, and yes, humor follows.

Teri Polo, Ben Stiller, Barbra Streisand, Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner raising their glasses for a toast
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5.And Little fockers (2010) is a feel-good comedy about Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) and his attempts to win over his stubborn stepfather (Robert Di Nero).

Robert De Niro, Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller, Harvey Keite outside as one of the characters reaches out while talking to Ben Stiller
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6.Menashe (2017) follows a Hasidic Jewish man as he attempts to retain custody of his son after his wife’s death. The movie is in Yiddish so turn on the subtitles if you want.

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TV shows:

7.Classic Friends The episode “The One with the Holiday Armadillo” (Season 7, Episode 10) centers on Ross as he teaches his son Ben Hanukkah.

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8.crazy ex-girlfriend “My Mom, Greg’s Mom and Josh’s Sweet Dance Moves” is the 8th episode of Season 1. It shows Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) frantically preparing for Hanukkah as her mother is about to arrive.

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9.At Seinfeld, “The Strike” (season 9, episode 10) takes place in part during a Hanukkah feast. When Elaine gives her phone number to a man, she runs into some trouble.

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ten.Season 4, Episode 13 of Schitt Creek, titled “Merry Christmas, Johnny Rose” takes place at a Christmas party, but as Johnny aptly reminds his children, “Someone’s got to find a menorah.” So, representation!

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11.My unorthodox life (2021) is a captivating reality TV show on Netflix that follows the life of former Orthodox member and current fashion mogul Julia Haart.

Robert Brotherton (left), Miriam Haart (2nd from left), Schlomo Hendler (3rd from left), Julia Haart (center), Batsheva Weinstein (3rd from right - partially hidden), 'Secular in the city',
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12.Season 6, Episode 10 of Frasier, titled “Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz,” focuses on Frasier as he sets up a blind date with a Jewish woman.

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13.Jenny Slate: Stage fright (2019) is Jenny Slate at her funniest. The Netflix special shows Slates standup set and more as the Jewish comedian takes viewers on a journey through her childhood.

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14.Sort of Joy is part of this list! Season 4 Episode 10 titled “Glee, Actually” shows Noah Puckerman getting a Star of David tattoo with his brother and also features a Hanukkah song.

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15.Season 5, Episode 8 of big mouth takes viewers on a wild ride with multiple vignettes, featuring puppet shows from The Hormone Monster and an alternate universe where Andrew is not Jewish! “A Very Big Mouth Christmas” is a must.

Big Mouth animated series image shows three characters in a park

16.Jerry before Seinfeld is a great comedy special from Jerry Seinfeld. The 2017 set is from his performance at Comedy Strip Live and is very funny.

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17.Season 1, Episode 9 of New girl, “The 23rd” is an incredible episode, especially because it features Schmidt’s now infamous line, “Judaism, son.”

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18.Marc Maron: End of Time Fun (2020) is a great pandemic-centric comedy that touches on fame, religion, politics, and more.

Marc Maron, (broadcast March 10, 2020)

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19.2020s Dash & Lily’s the third episode features a Hanukkah performance in the basement of a bakery. As the limited series revolves around Christmas, this little glimpse of a fun Jewish holiday is much appreciated.

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20.Joe Mande’s award-winning comedy special follows the stand-up comedian as he performs an ensemble that covers everything from Jewish summer camp to Shark aquarium and more.

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What are your favorite Chanukah movies and TV shows?


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