David Arquette had a bar mitzvah on Monday in Israel while filming an episode for a travel show, after waiting decades to finally become wholly enveloped in his Jewish heritage.
The 40-year-old star of Scream had the ceremony at Jerusalem's Western Wall, the Jewish religion's holiest site.
Arquette read his first Torah portion and went through the entirety of the ritual in an all-white outfit, yarmulke (cap) and tallit (prayer shawl), sporting phylacteries on his head and arm, according to the Associated Press. He later received a bar mitzvah certificate when he was done.
He was very emotional, saying he was happy to be part of the chain of the Jewish people, said Shmuel Rabinowitz, the rabbi of the Western Wall, who conducted the ceremony. I'm very pleased to see a man who is returning to his roots.
The rabbi added the actor was embarrassed by his lack of knowledge about his faith. Arquette was born in a commune in Virginia, growing up with very little connection to his roots. His maternal grandmother was a refugee from the Holocaust in World War II, according to the AP, but his mother, Brenda Nowak, withdrew from the faith. Still, being born of a Jewish mother makes Arquette and his famous siblings Jewish under religious law. Their father, actor Richard Arquette, was born Catholic but became a Muslim.
Arquette was filming a segment for his Travel Channel show Mile High that included a bar mitzvah ceremony. He was asked if he would like to have his as well and obliged.
Jewish boys typically celebrate their bar mitzvah at the age of 13.
The actor is coming off a rough patch, after recently separating from his wife, actress Courtney Cox. The two began dating three years after sharing the silver screen in Scream. He is the youngest of five acting siblings.
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