Pop star Justin Bieber spent three hours meeting with a rabbi in Los Angeles.
Bieber on Wednesday visited the Westside Jewish Community Center, the celebrity news website X17.com reported.
The Canadian singer, who played a well-received concert in Tel Aviv in 2011, “is on a spiritual journey,” according to X17, and reportedly has stopped using drugs and gotten rid of his entourage.
Bieber reportedly was scheduled to spend two weeks with a Christian pastor but apparently cut short his visit. The Christian Post reported that he was “learning how to spread the Word of God.”
Justin first learned about the Jewish faith at age 13 from his manager Scooter Braun, the UK’s Daily Mail reported. Braun said in 2010 that Bieber recited a Christian prayer then the Jewish prayer Shema Yisrael before each of his concerts.
In April 2013, Bieber was criticized for writing in the guestbook at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam that he hoped she “would have been a Belieber.” He visited the museum before playing a concert in nearby Arnhem.
But the Anne Frank House defended Bieber’s visit and his guestbook message. “The Anne Frank House was pleased to welcome Justin Bieber to the Anne Frank House,” it said in a Facebook post at the time. “We think it is very positive that he took the time and effort to visit our museum. He was very interested in the story of Anne Frank and stayed for over an hour. We hope that his visit will inspire his fans to learn more about her life and hopefully read the diary.”
“Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a Belieber,” Bieber wrote.