Meet 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.
â€œI was born Jewish but not to a Jewish womb,â€ 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.
â€œWhen Iâ€™ve encountered situations that seem insurmountable, Iâ€™ve gone to my creator, and Iâ€™ve had many (anguished) moments regarding the racial issue and stereotypes,â€ Stanton said. â€œI think it has given me a sense of tenacity. I have learned to think on my feet.â€
Scarsdale’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.