Birth Name: Paula Julie Abdul
Place of Birth: San Fernando, California, U.S.
Date of Birth: June 19, 1962
*Syrian Jewish (father)
*Ukrainian Jewish, Russian Jewish (mother)
Paula Abdul is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, actress, and television personality. She is known for being a judge on American Idol.
Paula’s father, Harry Abdul, was a Syrian Jew from Aleppo who immigrated to Brazil, and then to the U.S. Paula’s mother, Lorraine (Rykiss), is Ashkenazi Jewish, and is originally from Saint Boniface, Winnipeg, Canada. All four of Paula’s maternal great-grandparents were born in Eastern Europe (Russia and Ukraine).
Some have associated her with the black community, because of her style of music.
Paula’s maternal grandparents were William Alexander Rykiss (the son of Avram Rykiss and Bessie “Passy” Malamed) and Sally Naomi Riceberg (the daughter of Moishe “Maurice” Leib Riceberg and Mariam Goldbreski/Golubitsky). William was born in Katerburg, Ukraine. Bessie was the daughter of Moishe Malamed and Dvora. Sally was born in Manitoba, Canada, to parents who were born in Russia and Ovruch, Ukraine.
Sources: Genealogy of Paula Abdul – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Paula Abdul (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com
Paula Abdul talks about being Jewish – http://www.ynetnews.com