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Paula Abdul to Celebrate Bat Mitzvah at Age 51 at Western Wall

Monday, October 28th, 2013

American singer, multi-platinum recording artist, choreographer, dancer, television personality, Grammy and two-time Emmy Award-winner Paula Abdul arrived on her first visit to Israel this week and plans to celebrate her Bat Mitzvah at the Western Wall, 39 years late.

She also will meet with President Shimon Peres on Tuesday.

Abdul was born in Los Angeles to Jewish parents. She once said, “My father is a Syrian Jew whose family immigrated to Brazil. My mother is Canadian with Jewish roots. My dream is to go to Israel for a real holiday.”

Israel’s Tourist Minister in 2006, Yitzchak Herzog, invited her to visit, which she said would be a “dream come true” but did not happen until this week. The visit may be a prelude to a singing performance next year, the Boycott Israel movement notwithstanding.

Abdul plans to visit major tourist sites in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the Galilee and will explore Israel’s fashion, dance, culinary and music scene.

She began her  dancing career at the age of eight and became a sought-after choreographer before she began to compose music and sing. Abdul starred in the hit reality show about her life “Hey Paula” and, in recent years, has served as a judge on the popular American talent shows “American Idol” and “X-Factor.”

Mazel Tov, Paula.

Singer Eydie Gormé Dead at 84

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Eydie Gorme, a popular singer as a soloist and as part of a team with her husband, Steve Lawrence, died Saturday at a Las Vegas hospital after a brief illness, her publicist, Howard Bragman, said.

Gormé was born as Edith Garmezano in The Bronx, New York, in 1928, the daughter of Fortuna and Nessim Garmezano. Her father was a tailor. She is a cousin of singer/songwriter Neil Sedaka. Her parents were Sephardic Jewish immigrants, her father from Sicily and her mother from Turkey. Gormé grew up speaking English and Spanish.

In 1964, when she and her husband were at the height of their career, Columbia Records president Goddard Lieberson encouraged her to record in Spanish, too. The result was “Amor,” which became a hit in Latin America.

Gormé had several hit singles, the biggest of which was her 1963 release, “Blame It on the Bossa Nova.” It sold more than one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. She won a Grammy Award for Best Female Vocal Performance in 1967, for her version of “If He Walked Into My Life”, from Mame.

Lawrence and the couple’s son David were by Gorme’s side when she died, according to Bragman.

“Eydie has been my partner on stage and in life for more than 55 years,” Lawrence said in a statement. “I fell in love with her the moment I saw her and even more the first time I heard her sing. While my personal loss is unimaginable, the world has lost one of the greatest pop vocalists of all time.”

Black Eyed Pea at the Wailing Wall

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Allan Pineda Lindo, Jr., better known as apl.de.ap (pronounced “Apple D Ap”), is a Filipino-American rapper, record producer, and drummer, best known as member of the Grammy Award-winning group The Black Eyed Peas.

Apl.de.ap is a frequent visitor to the Holy Land. Here he is at the Wall yesterday, Monday August 13, 2012.

Note the kabalistic red string on his wrist and the security man behind him.

No such thing as too much protection.

We’re told he asked to visit the Temple Mount as well, but police feared that his rapping might be misconstrued as a form of non-Muslim prayer by the true owners and operators of the place, the Waqf, and it would start a major riot.

According to David Brinn of the Jpost, the Black Eyed Peas are steeped in Jewish culture. They shout “Mazal tov” in their hit “I Gotta Feeling,” and they performed “Hava Nagila” in concert, making them a favorite with Israeli audiences.

Can’t have too much Jewish scholarship.

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