Paula Abdul

Abdul in 2011, joe seer/

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 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‚Äôs 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 –


Curious about ethnicity

115 Responses

  1. mycarf123123 says:

    You should update her ethnicity: “Syrian Jewish” (father), to “Sephardi Jewish”
    and the *Ukrainian Jewish, Russian Jewish” (mother), to “Ashkenazi Jewish”

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