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Natalie Portman’s Husband Converting to Judaism

French dancer Benjamin Millepied says he feels very connected to Israel

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Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millipied arrive for the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California.(ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Take this, Pew Study! Actress Natalie Portman’s husband Benjamin Millepied, a French dancer and choreographer, has announced his plan to convert to Judaism, Haaretz reports. The couple and their two-year-old son Aleph are living in Israel through March while Portman does casting for her film adaption of Israeli author Amos Oz’s 2003 memoir, A Tale of Love and Darkness (Oz told Vox Tablet contributor Daniel Estrin he approves of the project).

Millipied said in an interview that he feels very connected to Israel and could see the country becoming a second home when the family moves to Paris later this year, in time for him to start his new gig as director of dance at the Paris Opera Ballet. The Israeli-born Portman has a strong Jewish background—the couple was married in a small Jewish ceremony in California in 2012—and has said she would like to raise her children Jewish.

The real question is whether the couple’s next child will be named Bet.

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Natalie Portman’s Husband Converting to Judaism

French dancer Benjamin Millepied says he feels very connected to Israel

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