We visited the set of Adam Sandler’s bat mitzvah movie being filmed in Toronto

The Hanukkah mural, painted on the side of Beth Tzedec along Bathurst Street, will appear in Adam Sandler's new movie. (Photo courtesy Ellin Bessner)

It seems every Jew in Toronto has spotted Adam Sandler this summer—or knows someone who has. He’s in the area filming a new movie for Netflix, based on a coming-of-age book, called You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah!

Sandler stars in the film with his wife and daughters, as well as Idina Menzel and Sarah Sherman, and a whole bunch of local teenagers (and some adults) who were paid $100 a day to be extras. The crew is filming at the Royal York Hotel, the Liberty Grand and midtown’s own Beth Tzedec synagogue—so The CJN Daily visited to see if we could spy any celebs (we couldn’t) and talk to some of the staff who are helping out. That includes Rabbi Steven Wernick and Daniel Silverman, who share what they did to help on set and how the shoot seems to be going.

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