Paula Abdul, the award-winning American entertainer landed in Israel on Tuesday for her first visit. She is scheduled to tour holy sites and meet with Israeli leaders in music and entertainment. She stated, "I'm so overwhelmed with gratitude to be here, I've wanted to come for years. My career took me many places and this is my first vacation in almost eight years that I'm actually here to sightsee like a regular tourist. My family was here and they were crying, overwhelmed with joy that I'm here. It's such an honor, I know already when I have to leave I won't want to."
Abdul comes from mixed Sephardic-Ashkenazic heritage. Her father is Harry Abdul, was from the Syrian-Jewish community and her mother, born Lorraine Rykiss, was from Canada, born to Russian-Ukrainian Jewish parents.