“The X Factor’s” Simon Cowell is planning to embrace Judaism in deference to his Jewish baby mama, Lauren Silverman.

Silverman is pregnant with the couple’s first child. British tabloid The Mirror (quoting a source close to Cowell) reported this week that the former “American Idol” judge and his lady love also intend to make a secret trip to Israel.

Cowell is no stranger to Judaism. His father Eric was Jewish, though the 54-year-old music mogul was raised Roman Catholic. Cowell has never spoken about any apparent interest in religion before, but a source close to him told The Mirror that he is “open to reason on the subject of religion and the faith in which his son is brought up.”

The source added, “But he is naturally inquisitive and really wants to visit Israel so that he can make a more informed decision.” The source also reports that Cowell and Silverman’s child, a boy, is due on February 28, 2014.

The new parents have been staying private about specific baby details, like the child’s first name, but Cowell has revealed that the boy’s middle name will be Eric, after Cowell’s father.

Last month, the “X Factor” creator was a guest at the Friends of the IDF Western Region Gala in Beverly Hills. Friends of the IDF is a non-profit organization that was established by Holocaust survivors in 1981 and is dedicated to helping soldiers serving in the Israeli Defense Forces, as well as providing support for their families. Friends of the IDF operates in 17 regional offices throughout the US and Canada, and at the gala, Cowell helped the cause by donating $50,000 to the organization.

Expect photos of Simon Cowell in various V-neck T-shirts at the Western Wall, the Dead Sea and Masada any day now.

J-Connection: Simon Cowell is Jewish on his father’s side and his baby-mama, Lauren Silverman, is Jewish.

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