Israel’s Minister of Tourism, Isaac Herzog, has promised Paula Abdul that should she come to Israel, he will help make a shidduch (a match for marriage) with a nice boy. Ms. Abdul had just informed him that her parents were both Jewish – the father a Syrian Jew and the mother a Canadian Jew – and that she would love to be his guest in Israel.

“My dream is to visit Israel, go to the Dead Sea, to tour the Western Wall and other holy sites,” Abdul told Herzog on Wednesday. Herzog is currently touring the West Coast on a tour aimed at promoting tourism to Israel. During the tour he also met with California’s governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The meeting between Abdul and Herzog was very emotional and took place in the building where American Idol is filmed. Abdul, who is on the panel of judges, started the meeting with a personal confession: “Not many people know, but both my parents are Jewish, I am very excited about telling you this,” she said.

A dream come true

Herzog responded by asking her how she got the name Abdul: “My father is a Syrian Jew whose family immigrated to Brazil. My mother is Canadian with Jewish roots. My dream is to come to Israel for a real holiday,” Abdul replied.

Herzog responded by inviting her to come to Israel during the Hanukah festival.

Sources at the consular office in Los Angeles reported that at this point Abdul was close to tears. She hugged Herzog and said: “I will come; you have helped make a dream come true.”

Herzog suggested finding a “nice Jewish match for Abdul.”

“He has to be a nice boy, I don’t mind if he doesn’t have much money, as long as my parents are happy,” she said.


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  • Uh… I wish Paula Abdul the best of luck in her search for a suitable shidduch in the holy land. However, she’s been around the block a few more times than I am comfortable with. I mean she dated Arsenio Hall! Arsenio Hall for chrissakes! But I’ll gladly introduce her to other fine gentlemen who don’t have the same hanng ups that I do.

  • Ck, have a heart! Just because someone might be a bit older than you–say, twenty some-odd-years–doesn’t mean you can’t fall in love and build a wonderful life together.

  • Ariel, aren’t these two approximately the same age?

    And you, ck, haven’t been around the block? 😆

    Okay, I’ll stop now… 🙂

  • Nah Ck is already spoken for, w the spokesmadel, duh, like we couldn’t figure it out.!

  • Paula’s mom was born and grew up in Winnipeg to a fairly large Jewish family. What she didn’t mention is that one of her cousins was killed in a terrorist attack in Israel while visiting family there after graduating highschool.

  • I had heard about her having one Jewish parent for years, but wow. Amazing. I had no idea!

  • This all sounds really, really bizarre. Hundreds of thousands of people, and perhaps even more than that, many of them of far more limited means than Paula Abdul, and many of them not even remotely Jewish, manage to fulfill their dreams of visiting Israel every year, and that without direct help from the Ministry of Tourism, Birthright or any other organization. But for Abdul this was too much? I mean, it is nice that she wants to come, but she has been famous for years, she has been well-off for years, if she really was dreaming of seeing the Kotel, she is quite capable of calling El Al and buying a plane ticket. Hell, she does not even have to call! She has people, right? She must have people. They can call. She makes it sound like she needed special proteksia, that without Herzog, she would never be able to do this.

    Wierd. I would like to say it is touching, but honestly, the tone is just too incredibly odd.

  • “Not many people know”

    WTF? That’s crazy old news. Agree with Daphna about the dream business. Sounds like malarkey to me.

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