DAILY TRANSRACIAL: Rabbi Alysa Stanton

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Big news in the rabbinical arena. Next month sees Alysa Stanton (above) becoming the first-ever formally-ordained female African-American rabbi.

Forty five year-old Stanton was born Pentecostal in Cleveland, OH and began a hard-core Orthodox conversion process in her 20s.

The divorced mother already completed her Rabbinical internship in — of all places — Dothan, Alabama, where the local congregation was not entirely initially welcoming.

But after a year on the pulpit, they fell in love with this unique spiritual force. Next month Stanton takes up her permanent position at Congregation Bayt Shalom in Greenville, NC.

Mazal!

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