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Alysa Stanton (born c. 1964) is an African American Jew. On June 6, 2009, she was ordained as the first African-American female rabbi. In August 2009, she began work as arabbi at Congregation Bayt Shalom, a small majority-white synagogue in Greenville, North Carolina, making her the first African-American rabbi to lead a majority-white congregation. She converted to Judaism and first studied and worked as a psychotherapist. She graduated from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
Sally J. Priesand (June 27, 1946 - ): America's first ordained female rabbi. Leadership roles in Planned Parenthood of Central New Jersey, the Center for Holocaust Studies at Brookdale Community College. After battling breast and thyroid cancer, Priesand retired in 2006. In 2007, she donated her professional and personal papers to the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati, Ohio to document the history of women in the rabbinate. In 2009 she received the prestigious Elizabeth Blackwell Award.