Alysa Stanton-Ogulnick is proud to be black, proud to be a woman and proud to be a 45-year-old single mother who raised her adopted child on her own. And when she’s ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion next May, she’ll be the world’s first black female rabbi. Read the rest of her amazing JTA story here.
I already love her because she’s dedicated to living Jewishly in an authentic, creative way, but the fact that she recently shed over a hundred pounds gives her an ability to relate to people’s real issues that is going to serve her future congregation well. I predict Reb Stanton-Ogulnick will attract many Jews who have dropped out of sight from synagogue back to the fold – ’cause everyone adores an outlaw.