Ethnicity of Paula Abdul

¬†Question of the Day: What is the Ethnicity of Paula Abdul? You would never guess this one. Paula Abdul’s ethnic background is very mixed. Her mother, Lorraine Rykiss, is Jewish from Saint Boniface, Manitoba, Canada. Her father, Harry Abdul, is a Syrian Jew born in Syria and raised in Brazil. She once referred to herself as Syrian-Brazilian-Canadian-American. Go figure.