Jewish mothers around the world can either breathe a sigh of relief or prepare to be disappointed, depending on their taste in future husbands for their offspring: Reports that Justin Bieber recently met with an L.A. rabbi are false, according to Shalom Life.
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On Wednesday, various media outlets reported that the teen singing sensation spent three hours with a Los Angeles rabbi at the Westside Jewish Community Center on West Olympic Boulevard.
According to the Mail Online, the context of the meeting was Bieber's "self-proclaimed mission to learn how to spread the word of God."
However Briane Greene, the executive director of the Westside Jewish Community Center, told the Jewish Journal on Thursday that Bieber did no such thing.
“He met with no rabbi. He came, enjoyed playing [table tennis], he does stuff here; it’s not the first time he’s come,” Shalom Life cited Greene as saying.
“He is not looking for any spiritual revival as far as I can tell. There’s a table tennis center he enjoys playing table tennis. That’s all I can tell you. The paparazzi decided he was visiting with a rabbi, [but] I’m telling you it’s not true.”
Bieber, who is not Jewish, is represented by Scooter Braun, who is Jewish and is said to be a father figure for the young superstar. Bieber first learned about Judaism at the age of 13 from Braun, according to the Mail Online. Braun told Yedioth Aharonoth in 2010 Bieber recited a Christian prayer then Shema Yisrael before each of his concerts