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Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman Studying for Bar Mitzvah During NFL Offseason

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New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman celebrates with team owner Robert Kraft after winning Super Bowl LIII, Feb. 3, 2019. Photo: Reuters / Mike Segar.

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is spending some time during the NFL offseason studying in Los Angeles for his bar mitzvah, he told Los Angeles magazine on Tuesday.

“My dad is Jewish,” Edelman, 33, said at an event in Los Angeles hosted by the Ruderman Family Foundation. “I converted pretty much. I’m going to have a bar mitzvah here soon. I speak with a rabbi every Friday. He’s from out here.”

Edelman did not reveal the date of his bar mitzvah.

The three-time Super Bowl champion added that he had attended synagogue in Boston during football season, but noted, “I only go once a year.”

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