Friday, September 05, 2008

Obama's Jewish Connection

Turns out Obama has a Jewish connection closer than we might have imagined. According to a story on the Forward, Michelle Obama Has a Rabbi in Her Family.

Turns out Michelle's father (now deceased) is first cousin to Rabbi Capers Funnye, spiritual leader of a mostly black synagogue on Chicago’s South Side, and a member of the Chicago Board of Rabbis. Rabbi Funnye attended Michelle and Barak's wedding.

Who knew!

You can read the Forward story here, or more interesting, if you are not familar with Rabbi Funnye and his congregation, is the web site of his congregation Beth Shalom Bnei Zaken, or this video of Rabbi Capers Purim megillah reading.

Thanks to my friend Eric for pointing out the Forward story to me.


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