David Arquette may already be 40-years-old, but today, he became a man. The actor was Bar Mitzvah’d today in Jerusalem.
The Daily Mail reports that Arquette’s mother was Jewish and his grandmother was a Holocaust refugee in Poland. Arquette didn’t grow up Jewish but he was in Jerusalem shooting a segment for his travel show Mile High today and ended up completing his Bar Mitzvah.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Arquette attended a ceremony while shooting his show and was asked if would like to partake in the ceremony. Arquette read for the first time from the Torah at the Western Wall, the holiest place for Jews to pray.
Shmuel Rabinowitz, the Rabbi of the Western Wall, who conducted the ceremony, said:
“He was very emotional, saying he was happy to be part of the chain of the Jewish people. I’m very pleased to see a man who is returning to his roots.”
Arquette wrote on Twitter:
“I had my Bar Mitzvah today at the wall. Finally I’m a man… Israel is such a powerful and gorgeous country”
Despite his Jewish background the actor did not grow up within the faith. He was born on a Subud commune in Virginia after his mother Brenda had given up on her religion.
Jewish boys are traditionally Bar Mitzvah’d at the age of 13. The Jewish faith says that a boy has a Bar Mitzvah and acknowledges the fact that they are now responsible for their own actions.
Arquette, whose ceremony comes about 27-years late, is best known for his role in Scream. Recently, he’s appeared in Pushing Daisies, Cougar Town, and will soon star in a new show for the Travel Channel.