View Full Version : A black woman's journey to the rabbinate in North Carolina

05-21-2009, 05:50 PM
When Alysa Stanton officially becomes a rabbi next month, she'll be walking into history.

She'll become the first African-American woman ever to be ordained as a rabbi and the first African-American rabbi to lead a majority white congregation, according to the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Stanton, 45, will be ordained June 6 in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she received her master's degree from the HUC-JIR, which is the rabbinical school of the Reform movement. Then in August, she will begin her new job at Congregation Bayt Shalom in Greenville, North Carolina -- long a Conservative synagogue and now affiliated with both the Reform and Conservative movements.

She describes her new position with great enthusiasm, saying the congregation -- while small -- has a lot of children, a sign of a bright future. And she says the congregation is vibrant and the region, where East Carolina University and a major medical center are located, is dynamic as well.


05-21-2009, 10:37 PM
good for her!

08-13-2009, 05:13 PM
wow! This is awesome news! Hopefully we can overcome racism in the world and this will be a huge step. As a jewish person, I am proud of this. And there are more black jews than people realize.