David Arquette has bar mitzvah ceremony in Israel

Tuesday June 12, 2012

David Arquette got more than he bargained for when he went to Israel to film a segment for his travel show - and ended up having a bar mitzvah ceremony.

The Scream actor, 40, completed the Jewish rite of passage in Jerusalem at the Western Wall, the holiest place for Jews to pray.

David is the youngest of the five acting Arquette siblings: Rosanna, Richmond, Patricia and Alexis – who was born Robert. While their father became a Muslim, their mother was born Jewish, making her children Jewish under the religion's norms.

While filming an episode in Jerusalem of his Mile High show, which airs on the Travel Channel in the US, David attended a ceremony and was then asked whether he would like to have one as well.

"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."

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