Hanukkah on Rye (2022 Hallmark)

Hanukkah on Rye – Yael Grobglas, Jeremy Jordan Photographer: Thomas Fricke

Hanukkah on Rye (2022 Hallmark)

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Cast: Jeremy Jordan, Yael Grobglas, Lisa Loeb

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Synopsis (via Hallmark)

A matchmaker connects Molly and Jacob, but their new romance is put to the test when they realize that they are competing deli owners. Will a Hanukkah miracle keep them together?

Recap/Wine Thoughts

We start in an NYC delicatessen around the holidays, and that means they are busy! Molly is poised to take over for her Grandmother, Ruth. When her father retires.

Jewish Food Montage Segway! (I’m here for the Lox!) 

Jacob, from LA, is opening a restaurant for his parents, Liz and Frank. The menu has everything on it, including poutine. Bubbie Esther wants to keep it that way because it is the American melting pot. (With a side of pickles.) 

Jacob has a problem opening his mail in New York and asks Molly for help. They are living in the same building. Molly and her family own the apartments on 6 and are very close. Her mother gives her leftovers wrapped in aluminum foil shaped like a swan. Her fridge is FULL of them.

The bubbies meddle, and both sign up their grandchildren with a matchmaker Rose, who does everything the old fashion way. “No Apps, no Instabook.” Molly and Jacob are no interested but agree to go along with it. 

There are a lot of rules for the daters once they are matched. No phones, no real names, and no online searches. The daters will have to write handwritten letters to get to know one another. The bubbies encourage their grandchildren, and both say, just take your time and think about what you really want!

Jacob does take his time goofing off and re-writing the letter repeatedly. He takes a break to sing Hanukkah songs in the town square. He sees Molly there and then goes back and writes a nice letter by candlelight.

Beth responds and sends out the letter. The doorman and the delivery guy watch the whole thing happen and love it. 

Gilbert’s is struggling, so they decide to host a Hanukkah sing-off. Jacob attends and is impressed with the food and Molly’s family. (Especially the Rye bread.) When a friend, Ezra, spills the beans about why Jacob is in town, her explains his restaurant is opening on the same street. Molly is PISSED! 

We get a montage of Hanukkah originals, including a song by Lisa Lobe. IT IS VERY RANDOM!

Jacob finds a lucky penny and writes about it to “Beth.” The letters are the only bright spot in his day because he is upset and even delays the purchase of the new building.

Molly writes back and vents about her family, and she, too, finds a lucky penny. This time when she drops it off with the doorman, Jacob happens to see her, and he realizes that Beth is Molly.

More Jewish food montage.  

Instead of being awkward around her, Jacob doubles down and helps out around the deli. They argue about the best way to make a bagel and lox. (Capers in the cream cheese or on top! Sound off in the comments!) Molly makes hers the way I prefer. Jacob apologizes for upsetting her and says he doesn’t want to hurt her business. 

Molly tells her family about the potential competing business, and they decide to let her plan more events to boost business. Jacob recruits his friend Ezra to help Molly with her social media for the restaurant. 

Letters continue to be sent, but now Jacob knows that Molly is receiving them. It seems a little messed up; he should just tell her. He tries to tell Molly when she almost catches them in the lobby. She tells him about the matchmaking and admits to having feelings for them. Jacob tells her to meet her match and see if it is meant to be.

Just as Jacob is about to tell Molly the truth but his family is. It is the place his grandparents met. It occupies his time, and his family forces him to sign a lease. 

Molly decides to break up with her pen pal and tells Jacob how she feels. He comes clean about the deli and gives Molly a penny. She is upset that he kept a secret from her.

The bubbies meet up at the matchmaker and passive-aggressively talk at one another. They both want a refund. They have a Latkes cook-off bet, and the winner gets bragging rights, best Latkes. It is a battle of the bubbies. 

At the cook-off, the mothers talk about just wanting their kids to be happy and call a parent meeting. They agree that there are no hard feelings.

The judge for the contest ends up being Rose, the matchmaker. The dishes are exactly the same from the same recipe. Their mothers were friends and came to Ellis Island on the same ship. Everyone is touched. 

Everyone was meant to find one another. 

Jacob and Molly get some fresh air and talk. He apologizes again for not being upfront. They kiss, and the entire family cheers them on. They decide to open Sara and Rebecca’s deli. 

Side Note

Minority Report: Tom, the Delivery guy, 


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