Finding Your Roots reveals the ancestral pasts and family histories of religious leaders Pastor Rick Warren, Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, and Sheikh Yasir Qadhi.
Filming an interview for “Finding Your Roots” feels like throwing a surprise party. You stay up all night with beer and Pad Thai making a gift (the Book of Life, a scrapbook of their family’s history) and party favors (scrolls of family trees).
I didn’t even know that women could become rabbis, let alone a woman whose mother is a Korean Buddhist! To my surprise, I encountered Angela Buchdahl: the world’s first Jewish-Korean female cantor and rabbi, presiding over one of our country’s largest and most beautiful synagogues in the middle of Manhattan.
Korean-American Rabbi Angela Buchdahl talks with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. about coming to terms as a young adult with not looking classically Jewish, and the moment when she realized she wanted to become a Jewish rabbi.