Sunday, February 20th, 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

The Intersection between Jewishness and Blackness



Rabbi Capers Funnye writes: “I don’t know how many times I have sought out a synagogue to daven in and, after the service, someone will ask me if I’m Jewish . . . this question leads me to believe that many white Jews don’t understand the intersection between my being black and Jewish. Somehow, they only see someone like themselves being Jewish, and my Jewishness is always called into question. Why is that?” In this session Rabbi Funnye will present personal stories about being a black Jew and will discuss the intersection of being black and Jewish and entering into normative Ashkenazi Jewish spaces.

Rabbi Capers Funnye


Rabbi Capers Funnye is the spiritual leader of Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation, in Chicago, Illinois. He also serves as the Chief Rabbi of The International Israelite Board of Rabbis. He has lectured at synagogues, Universities, and JCCs throughout the Unites States, Africa, and Europe. He is a member of several boards in the Jewish community; Chicago Board of Rabbis, Kulanu, and the New York Board of Rabbis.