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August 30, 2013 4:09 pm

Friend of Harry Styles Explains Star’s Jewish Shtick: He ‘Loves the Jewish Community’

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The boy band One Direction (Harry Styles at center). Photo: Wikipedia.

Harry Styles, member of the global pop phenomenon known as One Direction, “loves the Jewish community and wearing a Magen David,” friend of the band, director Ben Winston, told the UK’s Jewish Online News in a recent interview.

According to Winston, who is Jewish, Styles “always has [the Magen David] round his neck and had it on show at the recent Teen Choice Awards.”

Winston, who recently directed a film that documents the globe-trotting life of the group, said, “All the boys love Judaism. They are fascinated by it and they enjoy the family atmosphere. Over the years they have become part of our family really and are interested in what we do.”

The influence extends to locations used for video shoots, Winston explained. For a recent video the band shot in an old synagogue in Miami’s South Beach.

“We shot the video in an old shul in Miami, which is now a museum space called The Temple,” Winston said about the space, which had previously been converted into a large apartment, unlike many of the old synagogues of South Beach, which are now nightclubs.

Styles, perhaps the band’s most recognizable member, was spotted in New York last week sporting a Kippah with his name on it that Winston had given him.

Despite possessing a Hebrew tattoo spelling his sister Gemma’s name and Tweeting from time to time about Jewish holidays, Styles is not Jewish. Responding to inquiries on the matter, Des Styles, the star’s father,  wrote earlier this month on Twitter, “Still lots of queries asking if H is some % Jewish? No idea where any rumours came from in but, categorically, he is 0% Jewish. Not at all.X”

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  • Shelby

    I am a Jew but I don’t get to do Judaism, and I would like to. I have a Star of David on my bracelet.

  • My Daughter loves one direction… It is good to know that her favorite member is a friend of our people. Toda raba Harry Styles you will always be in my prayers.

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  • bee

    Well, Jewish tweens/teens can look up to Logan Lerman, who is more talented than Harry and who is totally Jewish.

    • Nina

      How can you compare acting talent to singing talent? That was totally irrelevant. People can look up to Harry in general for expression his curiousity about other religions and cultures.

      • Sabrina

        I agree it was uncalled for. & I think it’s nice they are showing interest in certain things because maybe some fans would become curious too (:

  • Steve

    Welcome HS. We need as many friends as possible