Chicago rabbi set to become chief of black Jews group – Chicago Tribune

Written by on February 24, 2024

When Rabbi Capers Funnye Jr. enters an unfamiliar synagogue at dawn to join the daily recitation of Hebrew prayers, his presence inevitably prompts questions.

The 63-year-old African-American occasionally shares his story about growing up in the AME church on Chicago’s South Side, then discovering Judaism as an adult. Or he makes light of the suggestion that he doesn’t belong by telling bemused skeptics he picked up a prayer shawl and skullcap outside and wanted to see how they worked.

Funnye (pronounced fun-AY) knows why people ask, but he wants . . .

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