September 29th, 2009

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First Black Woman Rabbi

A friend tipped me to this news from the Jewish community:

In the spotlight, rabbi gets to work
As the world's first black female rabbi, Stanton, 45, has been inundated with publicity. The London Guardian wrote a story about her. All the Israeli papers featured her. So did The New York Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Denver Post.

Stanton, who was ordained after completing her studies at Cincinnati's Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in June, dismisses the buzz.</p>

"If I was the 50,000th African-American woman rabbi, I would still be doing what I'm doing," she said. "I keep my eyes on my job and on what God has called me to do."