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

*father – Syrian Jewish
*mother – Ukrainian Jewish, Russian Jewish

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 emigrated to Brazil, and then to the U.S. Paula’s mother, Lorraine (Rykiss), is Ashkenazi Jewish, and is originally from Saint Boniface, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, 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 Peshe “Passy” 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 Leib “Maurice” 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

125 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.

  3. lelo4 says:

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

  4. Capricious says:

    She looks 100% Syrian

  5. sparkles180 says:

    She’s annoying now.

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