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Michelle Obama’s Cousin Named ‘Black Chief Rabbi’

Rabbi Capers Funnye to be the first American head of the Black Hebrew Israelites since 1999.


America has elected its first “Black Chief Rabbi,” the International Israelite Board of Rabbis (IIBR) announced – and he is a cousin of First Lady Michelle Obama.

Rabbi Capers Funnye, a Chicago-based convert to Judaism, is the first person to hold the position since Chief Rabbi Levi ben Levy died in 1999.

“Rabbi Funnye’s work with Black Jews in the United States and Africa made him uniquely qualified for this position,” the IIBR said. “His goal as Chief Rabbi is to build closer ties with the Ethiopian Jews community that was transplanted to Israel.”


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