Former pop star Paula Abdul made a change of plans this week and decided against the high-prolife Bat Mitzvah that was scheduled to be held at the Western Wall. However, Ms Abdul did opt for a smaller, less public Bat Mitzvah ceremony, which was held in Safed, a small northern town in Israel.
Talking to The Associated Press, the former American Idol judge said:
“Beyond being Jewish, I’ve always found myself to be very much in tune with spirituality.”
“I feel very grateful coming to Israel now, where as a woman I know who I am a lot more than even 10 years ago.”
According to a news report published by CBS News, the Israel’s Tourism Ministry stated that the reason behind Ms Abdul’s last minute change of plan was due to the star suffering from jet lag.
Paula Abdul’s visit to Israel has been described as “hectic” by the media. While visiting the western Asian country the former singer and choreographer has made the most of the stunning sites that Israel has to offer and visited many of the country’s holy sites and museums.
Abdul tweeted to her fans throughout her trip:
— The Real Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) October 30, 2013
.@PresidentPeres How lovely and generous of you to take the time to meet me! You have my most heartfelt gratitude. I truly thank you!
— The Real Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) October 29, 2013
In an article published by Jewish Business News, Abdul is quoted as saying:
“I’ve travelled the world touring and things like that but I don’t get the chance to see much of wherever I happen to be, although this has to be the most magnificent trip I’ve ever taken, both magical and emotional.”
Eyal Riess of the Tzfat Kabbalah Center acted as the Ms Abdul’s officiating Rabbi. He explained that the change of venue was due to fact that Ms Abdul wanted to escape the “media circus.”
The ceremony lasted three hours, and media images showed the American singer wrapped in a prayer shawl while she read traditional prayers, according to Haaretz.
About Paula Abdul
Paula Abdul first became known to the public in the late eighties; her musical success continued on into the mid-nineties. She had many hits including her debut single “Straight Up” and the follow-up single Forever your Girl”. Ms Abdul achieved far more success in her native US then she ever did in countries like the UK.
Paul Abdul would later become known to millions of people when she joined the American idol judging panel.
Before finding fame as singer, Paula Abdul had great success as a choreographer and was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Choreographer’s Ball when it was held in January 2013.