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Mazel Tov! Bachelorette Andi Dorfman Picks Jewish(?) Athlete

The first headline I wrote for this post was “Bachelorette Andi Dorfman Chooses Handsome Dumb Jock–Again!” Will we girls ever learn?

Throughout this season of “The Bachelorette,” which ended Monday night, we watched ABC’s first-ever Jewess fall for former Wisconsin Brewers ball player Josh Murray as he pleaded earnestly, “Don’t stereotype me; I’m really not like that.”

Murray was out to prove that he is not a player like the other athletes Andi is used to dating–and he succeeded. Andi chose Josh over nice midwestern boy Nick Viall. I just rolled my eyes; we’ve all heard that one before, right?

But then I did a quick search for “Josh Murray” and it turns out the jock is a Jew! Well, sort of. The Jewish Week reports Murray’s dad is Catholic and his mother is Jewish–which means he’s Jewish enough for my Nana who thinks intermarriage more threatening to Jewish continuity than Hamas’ charter. This changes everything.

Now the big question is: will they raise their gorgeous kids around a Shabbat table? Don’t hold your breath. Judging from this recent tweet, Josh is leaning more towards his Catholic side:

Nevertheless, Mazel Tov to the happy couple!


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Rachel SilbersteinRachel Silberstein is a journalist and editor. She has written about politics, crime, health, immigration, religion and parenting. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Tablet Magazine, New York Daily News, Jewcy, Feet In Two Worlds, XOJane, and now, Kveller. She received a BA from Brooklyn College, where she served as editor in chief of the campus weekly, The Kingsman, and won two coveted journalism prizes for her investigative reporting. She lives in Brooklyn with her son and guinea pig.

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