‘Friends’ son stars in mall bar mitzvah
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‘Friends’ son stars in mall bar mitzvah

Despite brief, unorthodox ceremony, family still cuts checks for 16-year-old

Lisa Kudrow, star of the Showtime show 'Web Therapy' (promotional photo)
Lisa Kudrow, star of the Showtime show 'Web Therapy' (promotional photo)

Former “Friends” star Lisa Kudrow shared the news with TV audiences Wednesday that her 16-year-old son finally had his bar mitzvah, thanks to a chance encounter with some tefillin (phylacteries) in a mall.

“It was a drive-by bar mitzvah, actually,” she said during her guest appearance on late-night show Conan Wednesday.

Apparently, her son, Julian, was walking around the mall on his own, when he passed a stand where men from a “Jewish organization” asked him if he was Jewish, if he’d ever had a bar mitzvah before and if he’d like to.

An Orthodox Jewish man helping a Jewish youth put on tefillin (phylacteries). (photo creit: Flickr/Robert Couse-Baker/CCBY-SA)
An Orthodox Jewish man helping a Jewish youth put on tefillin (phylacteries). (photo creit: Flickr/Robert Couse-Baker/CCBY-SA)

They proceeded to help him put on tefillin and took a picture with him.

Representatives from the Chabad movement often set up stands in public areas where they offer Jewish men the opportunity to don tefillin, which is considered a commandment they are required by the Bible to fulfill every day.

“He came home, told me about a video game he bought and then said, ‘Oh yeah, I was bar mitzvah-ed,” Kudrow continued.

She added that even though it wasn’t a traditional ceremony, her family still wrote checks in honor of the occasion.

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