Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Now That's Funnye

As it turns out, Barack Obama is related to a rabbi (through marriage). Rabbi Capers C. Funnye Jr., who is Michelle Obama's first cousin once removed, leads a mostly black Jewish congregation on Chicago's Southwest Side. Her paternal grandfather is the brother of Funnye's mother. According to this AP story, the Obamas have never attended services at Beth Shalom B'nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation in the city's Marquette Park neighborhood, where Funnye (pronounced fuh-NAY) presides, but the Rabbi and Michelle have become closer over the past decade. Funnye attended the African Methodist Episcopal Church growing up, then explored a number of other religions before converting, the story reports. You can read the rest right here.



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