Annamie Paul becomes first Black and Jewish Canadian party leader

Annamie Paul is the first Black and Jewish leader of a major Canadian political party. (Annamie Paul/Facebook)

(JTA) — Toronto attorney Annamie Paul made history when she was elected head of Canada’s federal Green Party on Saturday.

Paul, 47, is the first Black permanent leader of a major federal political party in Canada, and the second Jewish person, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation reported. David Lewis, former leader of the left-wing NDP party, was the first Jewish party head.

The daughter of Caribbean immigrants to Canada, Paul converted to Judaism in 2000 while working on a master’s degree at Princeton University. Her conversion was supervised by the director of the campus Hillel, a Conservative rabbi. Paul has been married to Mark Freeman, a Jewish international human rights lawyer, for nearly 25 years, and is the mother of two teenage boys.

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