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Meet "bachelorette" Andi Dorfman.
Alice Burdick Schweiger
Special to the Jewish News
or the first time in the history
of ABC's Bachelor/Bachelorette
franchise, the series features a
Jewish "bachelorette": Andi Dorfman.
One of the final three women on last
season's The Bachelor, Dorfman won the
hearts of fans after she bailed on bad-boy
Juan Pablo, following their fantasy-suite
date. One of her criticisms of Pablo,
besides his self-centeredness, was that he
never even asked about her religion.
Now the tables have turned, and
Dorfman is in the coveted position of
handing out the roses, choosing and
eliminating potential mates. This season
debuted on May 19 (catch up with previ-
ous episodes On Demand or online); new
episodes air at 8 p.m. Mondays on ABC.
"I am very happy:' says Dorfman, 27,
an Atlanta, Ga., assistant district attorney
who put her job on hold to find love.
"America is about to meet a bunch of
great guys. I'm excited to let everyone
see this journey:'
But this time, Dorfman is in control
and made sure religion was a part of the
conversations, even if it was off camera.
"I discussed a lot of deeper things —
religion, social values, political views:'
says Dorfman, who earned an under-
graduate degree from Louisiana State
University and a law degree from Wake
Forest University in North Carolina.
"I really took the time to dig deeper
with these guys to get to know them.
These are everyday things that are
important when it comes to a relation-
Did she prefer to meet someone
"I'd say I'm definitely proud of my
heritage she says. "My family grew
up with great cultural and traditional
things that we always did, and I think
that's so fun to see in another person.
[But] to be honest, I'm really just look-
ing for somebody who's kind, that I get
along with and who completes me:'
Dorfman didn't want to be a part of
the selection process for the 25 suitors.
She asked the casting department to
pick people that she might not ordinar-
ily meet in everyday life.
"I didn't want to know a single thing:'
she says. "I didn't want to know a single
name stepping out of that limo because I
wanted everyone to be on a clean slate:'
When picking Mr. Right, the no-non-
sense bachelorette says she was looking
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for a family-oriented guy, who is strong,
confident and able to be vulnerable and
share his emotions.
Last year, her father, Hyman (Hy)
Dorfman, who has a successful commer-
cial printing business called Harp Ink in
Duluth, Ga., was a hit with viewers dur-
ing her hometown visit with Pablo. Once
again, her father will be weighing in.
"My dad is definitely more open to
the dating process. You'll see a softer
side to him, but he's always going to be
my dad and always going to be protec-
"Before I left for this journey, I got
some final moments with my mom and
dad, and I said, 'Alright, last minute
advice: Give it to me: And he looked at
me and said, 'Pick the right one!"
Dorfman isn't the first Jewish contes-
tant on the show. That would be Jason
Mesnick in 2009. The first Jewish "bach-
elor:' a non-practicing Jew, married
Molly Malaney, a Catholic woman from
Grand Rapids, in a televised wedding in
In 2011, bachelorette Ashley Hebert
picked J.P. Rosenbaum, a Jewish con-
struction manager from Long Island,
N.Y.; they had an all-expenses-paid, on-
air interfaith wedding with Jewish tradi-
tions in December 2012.
Fans won't know if Dorfman finds
love until the final episode, but she
hinted that she has found her prince
charming. The series runs through July,
when everyone will know which lucky
bachelor won that final rose.
The Bachelorette airs at 8 p.m.
Mondays on ABC.
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