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Thursday, May 28, 2009

First Female, Black Rabbi
Mike Rappaport

I'm not big on identity politics or identity anything, but I thought this was interesting. 


According to the article:

The 45-year-old single mother of an adopted teenage daughter recently completed rabbinical school and is about to become the first ever black female rabbi. 

"I am blessed," said Stanton, who, on August 1, will become rabbi of Bayt Shalom in Greenville, N.C., a 53-family congregation affiliated with both the Conservative and Reform movements.

"I was their first choice," she said. "They were my first choice."

The irony of a black woman presiding over a white congregation in the deep south is not lost on Stanton.

"God has a sense of humor," she said.

Hat tip: Manny Kausner.

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Mike Rappaport


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