The Root 100
The ROOT 100 recognizes emerging and established African-American leaders who are making extraordinary contributions. The ROOT 100 celebrates leadership, creativity, service, and, above all, excellence.
Rabbi Alysa Stanton
Age46 years old years old
Hometown Cleveland, OH
Claim to Fame America’s first black female rabbi.
Bio Born in Cincinnati, OH, and raised a Pentecostal Christian, 45-year-old Alysa Stanton made history this past June when she was officially ordained a Jewish Rabbi. She is now presides at the 60-family synagogue, Congregation Bayt Shalom, in Greenville, North Carolina. Stanton became interested in the religion when her family moved to a predominantly Jewish Cleveland suburb. She formally converted to Judaism in her 20s after a year of study with a rabbi in Denver. Though she's the first ever non-white to lead her synagogue, she hopes to leave a legacy that is rooted in more than just race. “I am foremost a Rabbi who happens to be African-American,” she told TIME magazine, “Not the African-American Rabbi.”
Quote I love the mountains and the beauty of God's creation. I find it inspiring praying and meditation in natural places of beauty. I am inspired by people who think beyond the box and the unsung heroes who walk with integrity and purpose regardless of the obstacles and opposition that comes their way.