What is BJ Novak doing in Israel?

'The Office' star was spotted around Jerusalem.

Actor BJ Novak (photo credit: DANNY MOLOSHOK/REUTERS)
Actor BJ Novak
(photo credit: DANNY MOLOSHOK/REUTERS)
He arrived without paparazzi or even a social media announcement. But actor and author BJ Novak – best known for playing Ryan Howard on the American version of The Office – has been spotted around Jerusalem this week. The reason for his visit remains a mystery.
Novak has been in the country since at least Friday, when he posted on his Instagram story – which disappears in 24 hours – a photo from McDonalds.
Novak, who grew up in a Jewish family in Massachusetts and attended a Solomon Schechter Day School, hasn’t posted much about his trip. But that didn’t stopped him from being seen on Monday.
First, tour guide Gal Abdu posted a photo of himself and Novak overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem.
“My guest today was a world-known actor, and I didn’t know him,” wrote Abdu. “Well, a super exciting tour anyway. Loved it!”


Later that night, Novak stopped by the popular kosher eatery Crave in Mahaneh Yehuda. The restaurant posted a photo on Instagram and Facebook of the actor posting with co-owner James Oppenheim.


While it’s not clear if Novak is in town for business or pleasure, it’s clear he appears to be having a good time.