Alysa Stanton, who made headlines when she became the country’s first black woman rabbi, will be leaving her Greenville, N.C. pulpit — after the congregation that hired her less than two years ago decided not to renew her contract. Stanton said the decision to leave was not hers, and that she fully intends to serve out the duration of her contract, which expires July 31, 2011.
Saturday will mark a new era for the Jewish community as the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati ordains mainstream Judaism’s first African-American female rabbi, Alysa Stanton.
Alysa Stanton, a black female who will be ordained next month at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, has been hired to lead Congregation Bayt Shalom in Greenville, N.C. According to its Web site, the congregation is affiliated with both the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and the Union for Reform Judaism.