David Arquette celebrates his barmitzvah at Jerusalem's Western Wall

By Jennifer Lipman, June 11, 2012
David Arquette and Courteney Cox in Scream

David Arquette and Courteney Cox in Scream

Hollywood actor David Arquette has celebrated his barmitzvah at the Kotel.

The Scream star, who was once married to Friends actress Courtney Cox, is Jewish but was brought up on a commune and as a 13-year-old did not have the chance to celebrate his religious coming of age.

His maternal grandparents came to the US after escaping Nazi-occupied Poland, but his father was a convert to Islam and his upbringing included a mixture of faiths.

"I wanted a barmitzvah but didn't have one as a kid...I still may get one - maybe for my 40th birthday," he told the Jewish Journal two years ago.

Mr Arquette was in Israel this week filming scenes for his television series "Trippin" when he attended another barmitzvah ceremony.

The experience prompted him to agree to hold his own, and earlier today he read from the Torah and put on tefillin for the first time. The ceremony was conducted by Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch.

"I had my Barmitzvah today at the wall," the actor wrote on Twitter. "Finally I'm a man."

Mr Arquette has rarely commented on his Jewish background, but during his wedding in 1999 he smashed a glass in accordance with Jewish tradition.

His stay in Israel has also included visits to Masada and Tel Aviv. "This is [one] of the great cities in the world," he said of the latter.

Last updated: 2:55pm, June 11 2012