Paula Abdul celebrates belated Bat Mitzvah in northern Israeli town of Safed
In this Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 photo released by the Tzfat Kabbalah Center, Rabbi Eyal Riess, left, poses with U.S. singer, dancer, choreographer and TV personality Paula Abdul at the Mikedem Gallery during her Bat Mitzvah in Safed, Israel. AP Photo/Eyal Reiss, Tzfat Kabbalah Center)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2013 11:29AM EST
JERUSALEM -- Israel's Tourism Ministry says Paula Abdul has scaled back a Bat Mitzvah ceremony that she'd originally planned to hold at Judaism's holiest site.
The normally tireless TV personality came to Israel to connect to her Jewish roots and for a Bat Mitzvah, the coming-of-age ceremony girls typically have at age 12 or 13.
But the ministry, which is hosting Abdul, said Tuesday that she made last-minute changes to her packed itinerary because she's jet-lagged.
The ministry says Abdul was planning to hold a high-profile ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, but instead had a private weekend affair in the northern town of Safed.
Officiating Rabbi Eyal Riess of the Tzfat Kabbalah Center says Abdul wanted to escape the media circus for a more intimate ceremony.
Abdul was not immediately available for comment.