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Sixers’ Embiid spotted dancing the hora at Jewish wedding

Philly NBA player attends nuptials of filmmaker who documented his journey from Cameroon to US basketball stardom, gets treated to traditional chair lift

Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid plays during an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP/Matt Slocum)
Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid plays during an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP/Matt Slocum)

JTA — NBA star Joel Embiid is an enormous man — around 7 feet tall and 280 pounds, to give an idea. But that didn’t stop him from joining in a hora dance and getting lifted in a chair at a Jewish friend’s recent wedding.

Embiid went viral over the weekend as videos of the Philadelphia 76ers center joining in the Jewish nuptial fun — with a huge smile, to boot — circulated around social media.

The wedding took place in Napa, California, for Michael Ratner — a filmmaker who made a documentary about Embiid’s life, from his native Cameroon to the University of Kansas — and Lauren Rothberg, the head of brand for Rhode, Hailey Bieber’s new skincare line.

Both Ratner and Rothberg shared videos of Embiid in action on their Instagram accounts, the New York Post reported.

In one, the five-time All-Star is seen joining in the hora circle; in others, he is shown with a woman on a chair being lifted up at the center of the circle. (Both parts of the folk dance are common tradition at Jewish weddings.)

The 28-year-old Embiid, who is known for his sense of humor, is also close with Sixers owner Josh Harris, who is Jewish.

 

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