Jewish TV Characters
Dr. Cristina Yang, "Grey's Anatomy"
With a B.A. from Smith College, a Ph.D. from Berkeley in Biochemistry and an M.D. from Stanford University, Seattle Grace resident Dr. Cristina Yang has the competitive drive of any Jewish or Asian girl – and coincidentally, she's a combination of the two. Though her first and foremost loyalties are to science, Dr. Yang also considers herself Jewish. At nine years old, Yang witnessed the death of her biological father, and shortly after, her mother Helen remarried to oral surgeon Dr. Saul Rubenstein and converted to Judaism.
Yang spent the rest of her childhood growing up Jewish, which she has revealed in tiny pieces throughout the series. In one second season episode of "Grey's," Yang is appalled when her live-in boyfriend Dr. Preston Burke brings home a Christmas tree to a Jewish girl. Early on in the next season, she helps console her fellow intern Izzie Stevens, who is consumed by grief at the death of her love, by sharing with her the age-old Jewish rituals of shiva.