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Just a Nosh

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James Franco, left, at his bar mitzvah ceremony James Franco, left, at his bar mitzvah ceremony James Franco has bar mitzvah at 37

Actor James Franco became a bar mitzvah at the age of 37. The Oct. 3 ceremony included the actor wearing a tallit and chanting from the Torah. Franco, whose mother is Jewish, posted a photo on Instagram with a message: “I am now a MAN! Got Bar Mitzvahed tonight!!! Finally!”

Franco’s message included an invitation to the Hilarity for Charity variety show at the Hollywood Palladium on Oct. 17 to raise awareness and money for Alzheimer’s disease. The show is being sponsored by actor Seth Rogen and his wife, Lauren Miller Rogen.

Seth Rogen announced Franco’s bar mitzvah for the charity event in July, but Rogen told the culture website Vulture, “The rabbi wouldn’t do it on the actual event, so he did it last night at our friend’s house and we filmed it and we’ll show it at our fundraiser.”

Spain grants citizenship to 4,302 descendants of Sephardic Jews

Spain granted citizenship to 4,302 people who identified themselves as descendants of Sephardic Jews. The citizenships were approved on Oct. 2, the Associated Press reported.

The Spanish parliament in June adopted the law granting citizenship to the descendants of Jews who fled or were expelled from Spain ahead of and during the Spanish Inquisition. Applicants may maintain dual citizenship with another country.

Under the law applicants need not travel to Spain, but must hire a Spanish notary and pass tests on the Spanish language and history. The majority of applicants were citizens of Venezuela, Morocco and Turkey, according to the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain, which vets applications under the law in its capacity as consultant and partner of the government on matters concerning the so-called Jewish law of return to Spain.

Portugal passed and implemented a similar law with fewer stipulations last year. The first approved candidates are expected to be announced soon.

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