Actor Brett Gelman and musician Ari Dayan announced their engagement last week with an Instagram post featuring the “Stranger Things” star on his knees offering a ring to his now-fiancée. They’re standing on a Jerusalem roof overlooking the Western Wall.
The couple have been together since 2019.
Gelman, 46, grew up in Highland Park, Illinois, a heavily Jewish suburb of Chicago.
Dayan is a singer and performance artist from California. She has posted videos from Tel Aviv and also has told stories about her grandmother, a Holocaust survivor who she said inspired her song “Sara.”
The pair have collaborated in the past, including for the music video for Dayan’s 2022 song “Love” and in a Chanukah singalong (with Dayan singing in Israeli-accented Hebrew) taped in their Los Angeles home and posted to Instagram.
In an interview with W Magazine last year, Gelman said his Jewish background is the motivation behind his approach to the world, in terms of both humor and empathy.
Coining the term “Jaddy” to refer to a “sexy, Jewish, masculine man,” he said his style role models are actors like Elliott Gould and Richard Dreyfuss, who dispel the stereotype of nerdy Jewish men.
Jewish Telegraphic Agency