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Rabbi Arthur Segal’s love of people, humanity, and Judaism has him sharing with others “The Wisdom of the Ages” that has been passed on to him. His writings for modern Jews offer Spiritual, Ethical, and eco-Judaic lessons in plain English and with relevance to contemporary lifestyles. He is the author of countless articles, editorials, letters, and blog posts, and he has recently published two books:

The Handbook to Jewish Spiritual Renewal: A Path of Transformation for the Modern Jew

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A Spiritual and Ethical Compendium to the Torah and Talmud

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

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Barack Obama's Wife's Cousin an Orthodox Black Rabbi
by Aryeh Haffner ,A7 NEWS

Barack Obama's wife's cousin is a Rabbi, according to the Jewish magazine Forward. Michelle Obama's first cousin once removed, Capers Funnye, shepherds the flock at a mostly black Israelite synagogue on Chicago's South Side, the Beth Shalom B'nai Zaken  Ethiopian Hebrew synagogue. 

Forward reports that Rabbi Funnye's mother, Verdelle Robinson Funnye (pronounced fuh-NAY), and Mrs. Obama's paternal grandfather, Frasier Robinson Jr., were sister and brother.

Rabbi Funnye converted to Judaism in a ceremony supervised by the Black Israelite rabbis.  He later underwent another conversion procedure,  supervised by Orthodox and Conservative rabbis. He has a Black Israelite ordination.

Black Jewish congregations, often called Black Hebrews, are a very small and mostly separate stream from mainstream Judaism. Rabbi Funnye works to bridge those gaps. He and his congregation are ardent Zionists.

Although Rabbi Funnye's congregation refers to itself as Ethiopian Hebrew, it is not connected to the Ethiopian Jews who have come home to Israel en masse in past decades. Those call their communities Beta Israel.

 

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Monday December 10, 2007 was a water-shade day for the Israelite community in the Unites States. My wife Rabbinit Miriam and I attended a reception at the White House in honor of Chanukah. I was very surprised when I received a call from Jeremy Katz, the White House Deputy-Chief-of-Staff for Jewish affairs. We talked about my attending a private meeting with President Bush.

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CHICAGO — Having grown up in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Capers C. Funnye Jr. was encouraged by his pastor to follow in his footsteps. Instead, he became a rabbi.


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