I’ve always found Paula Abdul to be not only bright, beautiful, and talented (kind of a basic requirement for success in her field), but additionally somehow upright, and avoiding the pitfalls and the cheap sexual exploitation (of herself and her fans) that so riddles her industry. I never bothered to hunt down the reason (after all, she is rarely in my consciousness), but I felt most pleased to see this article of her current pilgrimage.
Paula Abdul touched down in Israel on last week with a very special goal — to celebrate her bat mitzvah at the Western Wall. The Los Angeles-born star was raised in the Jewish faith, and has dreamed of visiting Israel for years. Now both of her wishes are coming true.
Her 10-day tour of Israel is under the auspices of the Tourism Ministry, which has invited her as a special guest. She plans to visit Tel Aviv and the Galilee in addition to more sites in Jerusalem, and said on Tuesday, “I only landed yesterday and I already feel I won’t want to leave.”