Her daughter’s named Shana

doc49008d0eb536c373162675_thumb.jpgMeet Alysa Stanton, who next year will become the first black female rabbi.

She’s currently studying at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, the main seminary of Reform Judaism.

“I was born Jewish but not to a Jewish womb,” she tells the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle.

She was raised Pentecostal in Cleveland, but grew up in a neighborhood with a large Jewish population. Something clicked and she converted in college.

Needless to say, it hasn’t always been easy.

“When I’ve encountered situations that seem insurmountable, I’ve gone to my creator, and I’ve had many (anguished) moments regarding the racial issue and stereotypes,” Stanton said. “I think it has given me a sense of tenacity. I have learned to think on my feet.”

Scarsdale’s Miller to ‘oversee’ Hebrew Union College

miller.jpgScarsdale’s Marjorie L. Miller has been appointed chair of the Board of Overseers of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s New York campus.

HUC-JIR is the primary seminary and academic center for Reform Judaism.

Miller is a former president of Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale and is an honorary trustee of Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers. She has been a member of the Board of Overseers since 2003.

“Her devotion to the Jewish community, professional expertise in education and social work, and commitment to the Reform Movement will serve as a source of wisdom and guidance as together we advance the mission of our institution: preparing leaders for the Jewish people,” HUC-JIR President Rabbi David Ellenson said.