Paula Abdul

The Religion and Political Views of Paula Abdul

Summary

Religion

Abdul was raised a Jew and still keeps the faith to this day.

Political Views

Abdul was very excited about Barack Obama's 2008 presidential victory, so the assumption is that she's a Democrat. There's not much more to go on.

Wiki Edit

Paula Abdul was born in San Fernando, California.

Both of her parents are Jewish. Her father is a middle-eastern Jew who emigrated to Brazil and then the United States and her mother, a Canadian woman whose Jewish ancestry is from Eastern Europe. Abdul explained it herself, saying:

My father is a Syrian Jew whose family immigrated to Brazil. My mother is Canadian with Jewish roots. My dream is to come to Israel for a real holiday.[1]

She got her wish and was invited to a vacation in Israel by Israeli Tourist Minister Isaac Herzog over the Hanukah Holiday Season in 2006.[2]

Abdul was described by her own rabbi, Chaim Mentz, as a “good Jewish girl” and it is reported that she practices by regularly attending services and lighting Sabbath candles.[3] She has also spoken about bonding with some of the Jewish American Idol contestants over religion.[4]

Politics cuts into my drinking time!

Abdul is not well-known for her discourse on politics or society. She claims that she’s not stupid, though, saying:

I’m intelligent…I have a brain.[5]

She doesn’t show it much.

Abdul is heavily involved in various charities–signaling a desire to create a better world and society–but most of them, if not all, involve non-political topics.[6]

She did signal extreme satisfaction when Barack Obama was elected as president in 2008, saying:

I was crying [when I heard Obama had won]! You feel such a sense of pride that you can’t even articulate how good you feel. It’s unbelievable! I have chills. I was just so excited. I was texting everyone: ‘Peace has begun.’ And then I was texting everyone, ‘I don’t have to move to Vancouver now!’[7]

I guess we can call her a Democrat, but, unfortunately, that’s the only evidence.


  1. Israel Minister, American Ido ↩︎

  2. Israel Minister, American Ido ↩︎

  3. Paula Abdul… “a good Jewish girl.” ↩︎

  4. Paula Abdul ↩︎

  5. Paula Abdul: 'I Have a Brain And Have Never Been Drunk in My Life. ↩︎

  6. Paula Abdul ↩︎

  7. Paula Abdul: Obama Victory Triggers Tears and Texting ↩︎

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