Israel: Paula Abdul scales back ceremony

Israel: Paula Abdul, jet-lagged, ditches Jerusalem holy site for private religious ceremony

Mideast Israel People Paula Abdul

In this Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 photo, singer, dancer, chore

Mideast Israel People Paula Abdul

In this Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 photo, singer, dancer, chore

Mideast Israel People Paula Abdul

In this Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 photo, singer, dancer, chore

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 was not immediately available for comment.