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.