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date: 01 June 2020

Stanton, Alysa locked

(2 Aug. 1963– ),
  • Camille A. Collins

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rabbi, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, into a Pentecostal family and spent her early years in the predominantly Jewish neighborhood of Cleveland Heights. On 6 June 2009 she was ordained by Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, and became the first African American woman to become a rabbi in either of the primary mainstream branches of Judaism (Reform and Conservative) most prevalent in the United States.

Stanton was six when her family moved to Cleveland Heights, and from an early age she was intrigued by spiritual matters. As a young child she asked her uncle Edward, a Catholic who sometimes attended services at a local synagogue, about the purpose of the mezuzot parchment scrolls with inscriptions from the Torah hanging from the front doors of many homes in the neighborhood This same uncle also presented her with her first Hebrew grammar book Although she grew up attending Pentecostal ...

A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.

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