Alysa Stanton, a Conservative convert (previous articles said Orthodox) who practices Reform Judaism and has been previously featured on this blog to much fanfare, will be the First black female rabbi to take N.C. pulpit”.
Diane Tobin, Associate Director of The Institute for Jewish & Community Research and founder of Be’chol Lashon (In Every Tongue), who was interviewed for this JTA piece, hopes that Stanton’s ordination will provide young black Jewish Americans “with an important role model. Hopefully, over time they will see themselves reflected in the community.”
Read more about the new rabbi in “10 minutes with … Alysa Stanton”. “Pulpit Of Color”, a piece in Jewish Week, is the most fleshed-out profile on the rabbi who says she’s “a rabbi who just happens to be African-American.” For some reason, I found the phrasing troubling.
If you have a strong, STRONG stomach, you can slide over to “Appointment Of First Female Black Rabbi Reignites Stark Division Between Orthodox And Reform Movement”, most of the (of course, Anonymous) comments are so thoroughly vile, it seems that plenty of people will be in need of spiritual cleansing this upcoming Yom Kippur. Oh, how I loath hate crimes.
By the way, as someone who has been forewarned that my status as a convert and woman of color might affect my husband’s job prospects, I am looking forward towards this hopeful future where people of color are no longer marginalized in (or marginalized by) the Jewish community.