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The Jewish African Heritage – From Egypt, Ethiopia and Beyond

The Jewish African Heritage – From Egypt, Ethiopia and Beyond

Friday, August 26th at 8 p.m.
Pre-Service Reception: 7 – 8 p.m.
RSVP required for reception: 323-658-9100

Capers Funnye, a cousin of Michelle Obama, is the chief rabbi of the Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation in Chicago, one of the largest African-American synagogues in America.

Rabbi Funnye earned a Bachelor of Arts in Hebrew Literature and rabbinic ordination from the Israelite Board of Rabbis, Inc., Queens, NY. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jewish Studies and Master of Science in Human Service Administration from Spertus Institute of Judaica, Chicago, IL.

Rabbi Funnye is married and he and his wife Mary have four children and are the proud grandparents of seven grandsons and two granddaughters.

Also appearing with Rabbi Funnye are the Mendes Brothers.

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