Black woman becomes rabbi

10Jun09

rabbi stanton

Cleveland-born Alyssa Stanton, 45, will lead a predominantly white synagogue in Greenville, NC, beginning in August. She is the first African-American woman to be ordained as a rabbi. Raised in a Pentecostal family, the single mother of a 14-year-old adopted daughter says she was surprised by the national interest in her ordination. Her new 60-family synagogue, Congregation Bayt Shalom, welcomes diversity and already serves “three or four” Black families. It is the only synagogue in Greenville.

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One Response to “Black woman becomes rabbi”

  1. 1 MICHELLE EHRLICH

    So very proud and excited about the ordination of Alyssa Stanton, Rabbi. Mazel Tov! My family and I hope to travel to Greenville to see and hear Rabbi Stanton as she take over the Conservative pulpit of Congregation Bayt Shalom. We live in Columbia, SC and attend Beth Shalom here. A fantastic, encouraging and blessed event.



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