Paula Abdul celebrates Bat Mitzvah in Israel

Paula Abdul attends the 3rd Annual Dizzy Feet Foundation's Celebration Of Dance Gala at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on July 27, 2013, in Los Angeles. Paul A. Hebert/Getty Images

Paula Abdul has moved a Bat Mitzvah ceremony that she'd originally planned to hold at Jerusalem's Western Wall, Israel's Tourism Ministry said Tuesday.

The 51-year-old TV personality came to Israel to connect to her Jewish roots and for her belated Bat Mitzvah, the coming-of-age ceremony girls typically have at age 12 or 13.

But the ministry, which is hosting Abdul, said 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 Wall, the holiest place where Jews can pray, 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, but has been sharing messages and photos from her visit to Israel on Twitter:

After a music career that saw her have six No. 1 singles in the late '80s and early '90s, Abdul reinvented herself as a quirky judge of talent on "American Idol." She left "Idol" in 2009 after eight seasons over a contract dispute. She later had one season as a judge on the U.S. version of "The X-Factor." She'll appear next year as a judge on Australia's version of "So You Think You Can Dance."

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