In the suburbs of Haddon Heights, New Jersey, 7-year-old Steven prefers not to be perceived as a Jew.  When Steven asks his parents if they could install  beautiful Christmas lights like the other families in the street, his father proposes they could put their menorah in the window. Steven’s reply: No, no, no! People will think we are Jewish.“

Spielberg seriously avows his Jewish faith after Schindler’s List (1993). He will make up for the lack of festive light in his films: for example, the colorful "mothership” in Close Encounters (1977) and the sumptuous Christmas tree in Catch Me If You Can (2002).


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