Becomes Bat Mitzvah Gal
On First Visit
To Holy Land
BY TIM BOXER
AULA ABDUL, the American Idol and X Factor
judge, chose EL AL Israel Airlines for a first time visit to the
Holy Land in October. She wanted to connect to her Jewish roots.
So at age 51 she resolved to finally realize a dream of
celebrating her bat mitzvah in Israel. Naturally she stayed at
the ultra-luxurious King David Hotel, the residence of choice
for the world’s glitterati.
Traditionally, Jewish kids come of
religious legal age at 13 when they can proudly proclaim, "Today
I am a man!" Next day they’re sent back to school to learn to
become a mensch. Girls, being smarter and wiser of the two
genders, can declare their maturity at age 12. (So let them run
It was generally thought Paula would
mark her bat mitzvah at the Western Wall. But she wanted to
avoid a high profile ceremony, so she changed her plans. She
spent a weekend in the northern city of Safed (Tzfat), a center
of Jewish mysticism, where her private coming-of-age ritual was
held at the Tzfat Kabbalah Center under the direction of Rabbi
President Shimon Peres welcomed
the dancer singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, actress,
television personality (originally head of the Los Angeles
Lakers cheerleading squad) after which she toured the Galilee
and Tel Aviv.
Paula and her guests had a private
dinner with Tourism Minister Dr. Uzi Landau in the King
David Hotel where he presented her with a personalized Bible and
a certificate naming her an Honorary Ambassador to Israel.
Paula Julie Abdul was born June 19,
1962, in San Fernando, Calif. Her father, Harry
Abdul, is a
Jew born in Aleppo, Syria, and raised in Brazil. He moved to
Southern California where he ran a sand and gravel business.
Paula’s mother, the concert pianist
Lorraine M. (née Rykiss) Abdul, grew up in one of two
Jewish families in Minnedosa, a small town in Manitoba, Canada.
Her ancestors came from Russia and Ukraine.
Mazal Tov, Paula!!
Paula Abdul signs guest book at King
David Hotel in Jerusalem
Rabbi Eyal Riess welcomes Paul Abdul
Tzfat Kabbalah Center for her bat mitzvah
Dr. Uzi Landau, Tourism Minister,
names Paula Abdul an honorary ambassador.