Horowitz Bar Mitzvah a Viral Sensation

    August 14, 2013
    Emily Greene
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Last year, Sam Horowitz became a man. This year, he became a viral sensation.

Horowitz had his bar mitzvah last November at the Omni Hotel in Dallas, Texas, and this kid knows how to enter a room.

The idea for his flashy entrance came after seeing the Cheetah Girls in concert when he was seven years old. Six years later, he didn’t let his mom forget. His mother, Angela Horowitz, said, “He said right then, ‘I wanna do that at my bar mitzvah.’ And he held me to it.”

Once the idea was decided upon, it came time to plan and implement. The production company in charge required a stunt man to accompany Sam inside the descending chandelier. All the dancers were local, and some were even Dallas Mavericks cheerleaders.

Choreographed dancing was something a bit new to Sam, but he knew he had to put in the work to get the right result. He told Good Morning America Live!, “It was so much work. I had to practice every weekend for three hours for a month, and when the show actually got close we had to start adding extra rehearsals with the dancers and the chandelier so everything fell into place. It took a lot of practice.”

The performance wasn’t the only thing that had Sam proclaiming it was the best day of his life, saying, “The party really was special, but the party is just a celebration. It’s really about the service, and it took two years to prepare for that. It’s a really big milestone in my life and it meant a lot to me, so I’m happy people are enjoying it.”

Sam obviously has his eyes on being a part of the entertainment industry. His mother said, “Sam wants to be famous in the entertainment industry. He loves to sing and dance. He’s a really passionate kid.” He has already been in some commercials and has an agent.

It’s clear he enjoys being in front of the screen. He even made a video invitation for his bar mitzvah set to “Call Me, Maybe.”

  • G Scho

    This may be cute but it is totally inappropriate for a Bar Mitzvah which is a religious ceremony to honor reaching the status of adult. It is not a Chorus Line….and this is just another example of using sexy dancing where it doesn’t belong. If he had done this at a private party I would have no problem. But it has no place in the celebration of a Bat (or Bat) Mitzvah.

  • reallynonameneeded

    Really??? Aren’t you the expert on how to celebrate.

    People are free to express in the way that makes them happy. Not for people like you to JUDGE

    • G Scho

      Sorry if I came off as judging. I agree with Batya. Not my place to choose. It is a celebration of a milestone in a young person’s life. It looks like the Bar Mitzvah boy had a great time. It’s just not my cup of tea if it was done in the synagogue/temple.

  • Batya

    While the family & the bar mitzvah boy have the right to celebrate in the way that makes them happy, the way they chose is not in keeping with the meaning of the tradition. Bar mitzvah is a joyful ceremony, but it is nonetheless marks an important and serious milestone in the growth of a young person’s spiritual and ethical life. Dancing girls a la Chorus Line is fun to watch and the music is fun, but is it in keeping with the meaning of the bar mitzvah? Traditionally a bar mitzvah (and starting in the 20th century, also, bat mitzvah) marks the entrance of a young person into the Jewish community and the taking on of dedication to the religious and ethical commitments of becoming an adult member of that community. While in modern times it is recognized that a 13 year old is not legally an adult and is not ready to be fully adult (they can’t marry, support a family, drive a vehicle, enter into legal contracts, et al.), but to become bar mitzvah means the young person is taking on the task of learning to become an adult in the Jewish community and in the larger world. They are through this ceremony marking their commitment to becoming educated and informed citizens in their religious community and in the community in general, and to take on the responsibility of continuing their education, upholding the Jewish traditions, doing their part to making the world a better place. This is serious business…joyful to see a young person taking this step forward, but nonetheless serious and perhaps celebrating with dancing girls may not be in the best keeping with the tradition. Still, families are free to mark their young person’s bar or bat mitzvah in the manner that brings them nachas and makes them feel good…the manner this family chose may have been good for them. It just seems a bit out of touch with the tradition. ( You may refer to “The Encyclopedia of Jewish Symbols” by Frankel & Teutsch; and “The Book of Jewish Customs” by Lutske if you wish to read a bit of background).