Jon Gosselin: I Try To Keep My Kids Away from the News

Celebrity News Oct. 20, 2009 AT 9:57AM
Jon Gosselin: I Try To Keep My Kids Away from the News Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Wet Republic

Jon Gosselin is now asking for spiritual guidance.

With attorney Mike Heller at his side, the embattled dad, 32, attended a "Values to Heal America" event Sunday night at Manhattan's Central Synagogue -- and he had a question for panelists Rabbi Shmuley Boteach (once a TLC star), Nobel winner and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, Newark, N.J. mayor Corey Booker and Dr. Mehmet Oz.

"My question is, obviously I'm going through a divorce and it's pretty public," Gosselin (low-key in a muted checked shirt and grey corduroys) said into the microphone. "What are two or three values can I use to raise good kids?"

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Wiesel implored the reality star "not to be a hypocrite. Children see hypocrisy and they don't respect it."

Oz added, "kids don't always do what their parents tell them to, but do they what their parents do. [Don't get] caught up in the Hollywood hype. This is your family, and your must care for them."

Later, an event attendee spoke with Gosselin, who gave an update on how his eight kids are handling the ongoing situation.  "I don't think they understand everything -- I try to keep them away from it," he was overheard saying. "They're my number one priority. It's just hard."

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Usmagazine.com spoke to Rabbi Schmuley, he says found Gosselin "very genuine.  I believe he has his kids' best interests at heart. I know he is in a very difficult position -- he's doing his best to do the
right things moving forward."

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One thing Hailey Glassman's boyfriend probably won't be doing? Converting to Judaism. "I'm Christian," he confirmed to another guest, noting he has no plans to switch faiths.

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