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1st Korean American Rabbi Appears as ‘Jeopardy!’ Clue

Angela Buchdahl, the senior rabbi of New York City’s 2,000-member Central Synagogue, made a virtual cameo on the popular game show Jeopardy on Wednesday.

The cameo came toward the end of the game show’s second round, in a category titled “I am Woman.” Reigning champion Amy Schneider selected the $800 clue, and a picture of Buchdahl wearing a tallit with purple stripes appeared, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports.

Host Ken Jennings read the clue: “Korea-born Angela Buchdahl is the first Asian-American to be ordained a cantor, as well as this leader of a Jewish congregation.”

Buchdahl was born in South Korea in 1972 to a Korean Buddhist mother and a Reform Jewish father. Since becoming senior rabbi at Central Synagogue in 2014, Buchdahl has been a public ambassador for the idea that the Jewish people are more diverse than many think, drawing primarily from her own eclectic upbringing.

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