Synagogue: First Black Woman Rabbi Not "Right Fit"

The first black female rabbi in the world will no longer preside over a congregation in the east. Her contract has not been renewed.

Rabbi Alysa Stanton arrived in Greenville in August of 2009, after her ordination in Ohio. She came to lead congregation Bayt Shalom as the first reformist jewish rabbi to lead the 50 family synagogue. Back in October, the board of directors spoke to congregants and decided Rabbi Stanton would not be asked to stay.

"Rabbi Stanton has brought a lot of gifts to our community, she's really done a lot of wonderful work. She's a very fine person. We felt it wasn't quite the right fit for everyone. We're going in a little bit different direction," said board president Samantha Pilot.

"Whether, I have a congregation of 2000 or I'm walking down Greenville Boulevard alone, I'm still a rabbi and I will continue to do what I do, which is help people in their spiritual path," said Rabbi Stanton.

Rabbi Stanton's contract expires at the end of July.


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