Paula Abdul

by ethnic on December 28, 2007

Birth Name: Paula Julie Abdul

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

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 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 –

Genealogy of Paula Abdul (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Paula talks about being Jewish –

joe seer/

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bakchoyhurl February 5, 2016 at 8:32 pm

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

xoxo November 26, 2015 at 2:42 am

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

neiltennant September 28, 2017 at 11:25 am

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

lelo4 October 15, 2015 at 6:11 pm

VERY Jewish looking, she looks like your average Israeli, who is half Sephardi half Ashkenazi

lelo4 October 15, 2015 at 6:12 pm

like her

neiltennant May 11, 2016 at 11:14 am
Capricious October 11, 2015 at 6:47 am

She looks 100% Syrian

sparkles180 August 20, 2015 at 1:49 am

She’s annoying now.

neiltennant July 21, 2015 at 12:30 pm

she was cute and she is still good looking

i remember 1991 when nearly all men loved her

Gurrl July 21, 2015 at 12:27 am

It’s interesting how she’s half sephardi/half ashkenazi but could pass as a middle eastern Jew (usually half sephardi Jews like Nora Arnezeder and Eva Green for example look not much diff than ashkenazi)

neiltennant June 5, 2017 at 10:59 am

Absolutely right

but thats GENETICS

there is not a formula for 2 people making a baby and a final accurate result how it could look like

And please don’t forget that her mother is Russian and Ukrainian Jewish
she could have been pale but with brown eyes etc.

plus NORA has an Egyptian Jewish mother. It can be that her parents and ancestors had pale skin and blue eyes

andrew June 5, 2017 at 12:22 pm

Nora’s mother, Piera Schinasi, is Italian Jewish.

neiltennant November 29, 2017 at 3:19 pm

the same

she is very dark(her mother)

California July 19, 2015 at 12:19 pm

She looks like a Caribbean Latina.

cwm85 July 19, 2015 at 11:50 am

Always thought she was of Spanish, native mestizo orgin. Nope. She is Jewish, european.

lelo4 November 3, 2016 at 11:21 am

European? She’s Jewish/Middle Eastern

M June 6, 2015 at 6:52 am

She looks like the biracial actress, Jasmine Guy.

sarahle April 23, 2015 at 8:30 am


Ashkenazi Jewish & (I assume)Sephardi Jewish


Russian/Ukrainian Jewish
Syrian Jewish

neiltennant April 23, 2015 at 7:53 am

She looks so arabic like her name..

Interesting that she is jewish

she was so cute.
i WATCHED two minutes ago the COLD HEARTED videO so hot

noneofyourbusiness February 6, 2015 at 8:40 am

She looks part black. A lot of people thought she was black when she first came out.

RuTH bELL September 29, 2014 at 10:20 am

i thought she was puertorican?

SEEXYPUREBLOODLATINA July 5, 2014 at 7:47 pm

Ohhhh, I always wondered what the f she I know. Yea I remember waay back in the 80s ppl thinking she’s black. She definetly does NOT look black.

WTF October 6, 2014 at 7:47 am

Um she actually does look part black. Obviously not 100% black, but maybe like a quarter black… She’s racially ambiguous. She looks Hispanic as well.

WTF June 3, 2014 at 12:49 pm

she looks like a quadroon. i know a girl who looks like a younger version of her and she’s only 1/4 black

Check7t February 25, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Some pictures she looked part black.

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