dailyphoto090608America’s First Black, Female Rabbi
The path to the pulpit has been as colorful as it has been unusual for Alysa Stanton, 45, America’s first-ever female African-American rabbi. Stanton, who was born to a Christian family, was formally ordained on June 6, having completed seven years of rabbinical training at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. Stanton will now assume her new role as the first nonwhite rabbi of Congregation Bayt Shalom, a 60-family synagogue in Greenville, N.C. (Continue Reading…)

Jamila Hunter joins Oprah Winfrey Net
Former NBC exec Jamila Hunter has joined OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network as the burgeoning cabler’s new head of programming. Hunter, who officially starts June 10, fills the void left by the departure earlier this year of Robin Schwartz. As president, Schwartz had been overseeing programming at the channel. Hunter hasn’t been given Schwartz’s president title, but creative affairs senior VP Nina Wass and programming senior VP Maria Grasso will report to her, much as they had with Schwartz. OWN chief exec Christina Norman announced Hunter’s appointment Thursday morning. “Jamila shares my passion for programming that breaks new ground and speaks to audiences in new ways,” Norman said. (Continue Reading…)

Tiger Woods Back in Full Force After Victory
While trying to deal with the emotion and commotion of playing with the best player in the game, a thought occurred to Michael Letzig as he fought to keep from getting swallowed in the hysteria Sunday at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Why did anybody ever think something was wrong with Tiger Woods? Letzig, a second-year PGA Tour pro, had the best time anyone ever had shooting 75 and blowing a wad of cash. He played alongside Woods in the final round of the Memorial Tournament, and had a front-row seat to an amazing show, even for a guy who has now won 67 times on the PGA Tour. (Continue Reading…)

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