Panel Discussion on African American Jewry Led by Rabbi Capers Funnye, Feb. 23

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Rabbi Capers Funnye, spiritual leader of Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation in Chicago, will present a talk on the subject of African American Jewry, followed by a panel discussion with leading scholars. Rabbi Funnye was born in South Carolina and his paternal relatives are from the Gullah community, which has retained much of its original African customs and language. Funnye discovered that his mother, Verdelle, was the sister of Fraser Robinson Jr., Michelle Obama’s grandfather – which makes Funnye and Michelle Obama first cousins, once removed.

This program is free and open to the public. Please reserve in advance to or 786-972-3175.