Marc Ellis is taking a break, so it falls to me to chronicle the mores and lifestyles of empire Jews.
Sam Horowitz’s ecdysiastic bar mitzvah celebration in Dallas last November is all over the internet thanks to a blog called Kveller, which published it like it was cute. “The Dallas Observer called the professionally choreographed routine at the Omni Hotel ‘unarguably the craziest entrance to a religious celebration and ceremony,’ which is unfair, seeing as it’s unarguably the craziest entrance to anything ever,” Gawker writes.
Here’s another video from Sam Horowitz, said by Haaretz to be the invitation to his bar mitzvah, set to the tune, Call me maybe. There are scenes of him practicing his Torah reading wearing a talis, prancing around some Dallas mansion and outside a Jewish center in Dallas.
he can be seen dancing in front of the JCC of Dallas, endowed by his grandparents, Steve and Carol Aaron.
Also a glimpse of a religious sanctuary, with a man mouthing a line from the song.
I learned about Sam Horowitz from the same friend who told me about another Empire bar mitzvah boy, Andrew Zucker, son of CNN president Jeff Zucker.
Last week the NYTimes broke the story that NJ Senate hopeful Cory Booker’s dubious but entitled tech startup, Waywire, had on its advisory board Andrew, 15, who was given stock options. Andrew Zucker resigned from Waywire after the Times story came out; CNN announced the news. NY Post:
The rich kid’s consulting career as a “millennial adviser” ended just hours after it was revealed that he had been granted stock options in the firm co-founded by Booker, the Newark mayor who polls show is a shoo-in for the US Senate after a special election.“Despite the fact that his affiliation with Waywire was extremely limited to only an advisory capacity, in order to avoid even the perception of a conflict, Jeff’s son has resigned from the Waywire advisory board, effective immediately,” CNN said in a statement.
News of Andrew’s stock deal lit up social media yesterday, with critics on Twitter branding it a “gross nepotism alert.”
Young Zucker was last in the news when his parents threw him a $250,000 bar mitzvah at the Four Seasons.
Of course rich people have behaved badly for as long as there has been money, but I feel a Jewish embarrassment in these incidents. We used to stand for something else in American culture beside gross arriviste entitlement. Of course that was when we were outsiders. Whatever happened to noblesse oblige?