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Paula Abdul's Bat Mitzvah moves from Western Wall

Posted: 11/6/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's Tourism Ministry says Paula Abdul has scaled back a Bat Mitzvah ceremony she'd originally planned to hold at Judaism's holiest site.

The normally tireless TV personality came to Israel to connect to her Jewish roots and for a Bat Mitzvah, the coming-of-age ceremony girls typically have at age 12 or 13.

But the ministry, which is hosting Abdul, said Tuesday she made last-minute changes to her packed itinerary because she's jet-lagged.

The ministry says Abdul was planning to hold a high-profile ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, but instead had a private weekend affair in the northern town of Safed.

Officiating Rabbi Eyal Riess of the Tzfat Kabbalah Center says Abdul wanted to escape the media circus for a more intimate ceremony.

Abdul was not immediately available for comment.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 6, 2013 C2

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