Jerry Maguire child star says Kotel visit during Birthright was ‘most incredible spiritual experience’

Jerry Maguire and Stuart Little child star Jonathan Lipnicki recently visited Israel on a Birthright trip. According to Lipnicki, the amazing experience will impact his career from now on. “This is the first time in a while I’m proud to be who I am and I hope to do a lot of projects in the future,” he told New York Post’s Page Six.
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Jonathan Lipnicki is best known for his childhood roles in the hit movies Jerry Maguire and Stuart Little. However, Lipnicki is now 26 years old and has experienced a journey that hundreds of thousands of other Jewish young people around the world have enjoyed: Birthright.   

Lipnicki shared his adventures in Israel on Instagram with his fans, posting pictures of himself riding a camel, covered in mud at the Dead Sea and posing in front of some Tel Aviv street art. He also posted a picture of himself wearing a white shirt and dark pants in front of Jerusalem’s Western Wall with the following caption: “The Western Wall was the most incredible spiritual experience I have ever had. I have never felt this close to my roots. I am home.”


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After returning from the 10-day trip, Lipnicki spoke with the New York Post’s Page Six about his journey, saying that it reaffirmed his feeling about his Jewish faith. “I’ve always been in touch with my Jewish identity and actually a little defensive of it because I feel one of the things we have in the [S]tates is a lot of people who want to take a step away from their Jewish identity like it’s something to be ashamed of,” he said.



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“I’ve never been ashamed of it, so going there just really reaffirmed that feeling,” he continued. “There’s nothing quite like the feeling of when you walk down the stairs that are above the Western Wall and the sun’s going down, and you see all these people dancing and praying … It was one of the most incredible feelings I’ve ever had.”

Lipnicki shared with Page Six that this trip has motivated him to invest more in his career and “show people that the past is the least interesting thing about me.” He said that after starring as a child in several films and winning awards for his performances, he “didn’t work very much” and didn’t believe in himself. “This is the first time in a while I’m proud to be who I am and I hope to do a lot of projects in the future,” he said. “I have so much more to offer now and I can’t wait to show myself to the world.”

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