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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Denzel Washington visits Israel

Critically-acclaimed American actor Denzel Washington arrived in Israel last Tuesday for a private visit with his actress wife Pauletta.

The two toured Jerusalem, where Pauletta visited the Padani jewelry store at the Mamilla Mall and purchased two red-gold wedding rings, inside which she had the couple's initials engraved. She also bought additional jewelry worth about $14,000.

Washington purchased wine, cigars and other gifts at the attractive, outdoor shopping venue.

The son of a Pentecostal minister, Washington is in Israel to visit his good friend of the past 20 years Dr. David Davis, who heads the Messianic Jewish congregation Kehilat HaCarmel in Haifa. The two met in drama school in New York and performed together in a Broadway show.

The Hollywood star is said to have flown to Israel on a private plane, stayed at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem, toured the Western Wall and other holy sites in the capital, and enjoyed a taste of hummus.

Washington, 56, has won two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes and is considered one of the most popular actors in Hollywood. He has been married to Pauletta for almost 30 years and they have four children.