Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown owns an enormous mansion in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Inside, along with the dozen bedrooms and private movie theater, sits an in-home synagogue.
Brown isn’t Jewish, but he showed off the house (more accurately, one of his many houses) and impressive sneaker collection in an interview with Complex magazine.
“I got a lot of Jewish friends, and a synagogue is where you bless up,” he said.
The house originally was built by Yizhak and Liat Toledano. Brown bought the property from Yizhak, an Israeli-born real estate developer, in 2016.
The house also contains a station for ritual hand washing, or netilat yadaim, connected to a dining room, and three kitchens, which according to the Times of Israel were kept kosher under the Toledanos’ ownership.
Brown, who has been one of the league’s best receivers over the last half decade, might not have been improvising when he said he has many Jewish friends. He has shown affinity for Jews before, notably wishing the world a happy Rosh Hashanah on Twitter in 2012.
He was a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars” in 2016, right after he bought the house, and was asked about the synagogue. His interviewer said that he should dance the hora with his partner on TV.
“That’d be dope!” he laughed. “I like that, you got good vision!”
JTA Wire Service