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Funnye becomes "chief Rabbi" of african-american Jews group

Chicago rabbi become chief Rabbi of african-american Jews group
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.

"Unfortunately, by and large, when you see any imagery of Jews in the United States, very seldom do you see members of my community," said Funnye, who lives in Beverly. "But we have African-American Jews, African Jews, Filipino Jews, Mexican Jews, white Jews and biracial Jews. It is really what the Jewish people, in fact, have always looked like. … We have to promote that Jews have always been a global people."


Funnye, the spiritual leader of Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation in the Marquette Park neighborhood, soon could have the platform to set the record straight about race and diversity within the American Jewish community.

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