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Is Mitch Albom Jewish?

Yes, Mitch Albom is Jewish. The author known for his 1997 book about his dying college professor, Morrie Schwartz, is a practicing Jew. Albom was born May 23, 1958 in Passaic, New Jersey. Albom lived in Buffalo, New York for a little while, until his family settled in Oaklyn, New Jersey which is close to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He grew up in a small, middle-class neighborhood from which most people never left. He attended Akiba Hebrew Academy in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania around the same time as his friend and fellow author, Rabbi David Wolpe of Los Angeles.

Mitch Albom was once quoted as saying that his parents were very supportive, and always used to say, “Don’t expect your life to finish here. There’s a big world out there. Go out and see it.” His older sister, younger brother, and he himself, all took that message to heart and traveled extensively. His siblings are currently settled in Europe. Albom once mentioned that now his parents say, “Great. All our kids went and saw the world and now no one comes home to have dinner on Sundays.”

In addition to being a long time sports columnist for the Detroit Free Press, Mitch Albom also has a general opinion column in the Sunday edition of the Detroit Free Press, a popular weekday radio show in Detroit, and is a musician in a band. He has written several best selling novels following the success of "Tuesdays with Morrie," including a book called "Have a Little Faith" about his experience writing the eulogy for his childhood rabbi, Albert Lewis, of Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

In 1995, Albom married Janine Sabino, who is not Jewish. Albom and Sabino have attended Temple Israel, a reform synagogue in West Bloomfield, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. He is the owner of the non-profit Detroit Water Ice in downtown Detroit.

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