James Franco to have bar mitzvah, with help from Seth Rogen

Actors Seth Rogen and James Franco have come a long way since "Freaks and Geeks." Pictured above in "The Interview," Rogen is now arranging for a Bar Mitzvah for Franco as part of a fundraiser for Alzheimer's research.

By Gabe Friedman

(JTA) — James Franco may be 37, but he isn’t yet a man in the Jewish tradition: The popular actor never had a bar mitzvah. With the help of fellow Jewish actor Seth Rogen, that’s about to change.

Rogen and his wife, Lauren Miller Rogen, will throw Franco a bar mitzvah during their annual Hilarity for Charity variety show at the Hollywood Palladium on Oct. 17.

“Ever since I’ve known James, he’s been talking about wanting a bar mitzvah,” Rogen told Variety in a statement.

The Rogens founded Hilarity for Charity four years ago to raise money and awareness about Alzheimer’s disease, which Lauren Miller Rogen’s mother was diagnosed with at 55. Actors and comedians such as Paul Rudd, Aziz Ansari, Sarah Silverman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have performed at past shows.

Tickets to the event, which Rogen said could include a mohel and “a live bris for James,” go on sale on Aug. 11.

(In case you were wondering, Rogen had a bar mitzvah as a teenager.)

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