Israel: Paula Abdul scales back ceremony

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In this Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 photo, singer, dancer, choreographer and TV personality Paula Abdul smiles during an interview with The Associated Press in Jerusalem. She's been an award-winning singer, dancer, choreographer and TV personality. Now Paula Abdul can add a new title to her resume - religious pilgrim. The former American Idol and X Factor judge is on her first trip ever to Israel, where she is connecting to her Jewish roots and planning on holding a belated Bat Mitzvah - the Jewish coming of age ceremony girls typically have at age 12 or 13. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Tourism Ministry says Paula Abdul has scaled back a Bat Mitzvah ceremony that 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 that 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 wasn't immediately available for comment.