Paula Abdul

Birth Name: Paula Julie Abdul

Place of Birth: San Fernando, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 19, 1962

Ethnicity:
*Syrian Jewish (father)
*Ukrainian Jewish, Russian Jewish (mother)

Paula Abdul is an American dancer, choreographer, singer, songwriter, actress, and television personality. She is known for being a judge on the show 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 grandfather was William Alexander Rykiss (the son of Avram/Avraham Rykiss and Bessie “Passy” Peshe Malamed). William was born in Katerburg, Ukraine. Bessie was the daughter of Moishe Malamed and Dvora/Dovrah Berg.

Paula’s maternal grandmother was Sally/Sarah Naomi Riceberg (the daughter of Moishe “Maurice” Leib Riceberg and Mariam Goldbreski/Golubitsky). 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 talks about being Jewish – http://www.ynetnews.com

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117 Responses

  1. bakchoyhurl says:

    I remember when she got pissed off as bikini girl on american idol.

  2. xoxo says:

    She looks related to Michael Jackson and the rest of the Jacksons. She does look part black.

    • neiltennant says:

      shame on you

      why the hell you are this gruesome?

      she was superhot when she was in her 20s and 30s
      she never looked like MJ

      even with her original big nose she looked cute

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