Jewish suitor wins hand of ABCs Bachelorette

The last man standing Aug. 1 on the ABC dating reality show “The Bachelorette” is Jordan Paul Rosenbaum from Long Island, known on the show only as J.P. Ashley Hebert chose the 34-year-old construction manager over winemaker Ben Flajnik from Sonoma in this week’s two-hour finale.

Ashley Hebert and Jordan Paul Rosenbaum

Viewers found out about Rosenbaum’s religion a few weeks ago when Hebert made hometown visits to meet the family of suitors left competing for her affections. At the home of Ilene and Peter Rosenbaum, Hebert was shown a photo of J.P.’s bar mitzvah framed on a poster with autographs from guests at the event.

The hometown visits aired on July 18. Afterward Hebert wrote on her blog, “I was really nervous to meet JP’s family for a different reason than he probably thought. I was scared that they wouldn’t be pleased that I wasn’t Jewish. Religion does not matter to me, but I had no idea how they felt about it, so I went into this date with nervousness on my shoulders.”

Tabloids and blogs have speculated for weeks that Rosenbaum was the season’s winner. The show concluded taping in May but ABC tries to keep the ending secret.

Hebert, 26, is a native of Madawaska, Maine. She lives in Philadelphia and attends dental school at the University of Pennsylvania.

She’s the seventh “Bachelorette” in the show’s history. She competed on “The Bachelor” for Brad Womack’s affections in season 15.

So far, only two couples from “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” franchise have made it down the aisle. Rosenbaum and Hebert say they will be married. — ap & j.