Alysa Stanton will be ordained in June by Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati as the first female African-American Rabbi. Yay! On being the first? She says: â€œIf I were the 50,000th, Iâ€™d still be doing what I do, trying to live my life with kavanah and kedushaâ€¦Me being first was just the luck of the draw.â€
Not only all that â€“ but sheâ€™s found her first pulpit – Congregation Bayt Shalom in Greenville, North Carolina. Bayt Shalom is a predominately white congregation that is affiliated with both United Synagogue and the Union for Reform Judaism.
Soon to be Rabbi Emeritus of Bayt Shalom wrote to the congregation in his last newsletter article – â€œI know that you will welcome Rabbi Stanton with open arms, and I hope that she will be a dynamic force in the growth and spiritual development of the CBS community for many years to come.â€ In the same vein, Bayt Shalomâ€™s President noted â€œa level of excitement in [the] congregation that is energizingâ€ surrounding the start of Rabbi Stantonâ€™s time in North Carolina.
I think that her success stands not only as an example for all, but also as proof that in some ways, we’re really moving foward.
Mazel Tov to Rabbi Stanton and her new congregation!