In sermons, Rabbi Capers Funnye quotes from spirituals and the Talmud, from Abraham Joshua Heschel and from black nationalist Marcus Garvey.
Black American Jews are gaining wider acceptance by the Jewish establishment, which once dismissed them as inauthentic.
Don?t expect a traditional synagogue experience at black Jewish services. Sermons are dramatic, featuring call and response from congregants and women often wear African attire.
While President Barack Obama spent Labor Day weekend at Camp David, his wife Michelle’s cousin, Rabbi Capers Funnye, is heading out for a very different kind of camp experience over Sukkot.