Most Hebrew Israelites are not violent, but there are sects connected to black nationalist and anti-Semitic ideology.
A historic black synagogue in Brooklyn went up in flames. They’re hoping to rebuild.
A Hebrew Israelite rabbinical group is debating whether to accept female rabbis.
Rabbi Capers Funnye is a prominent black rabbi and president of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs.
Tamar Manasseh likely won’t be ordained as a rabbi until next year, but she already has her congregation: a street corner in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, where she has worked out her own solution to the city’s gun violence problem.
The actor Ato Essandoh, whose parents are from Ghana, is taking on a particularly challenging role in the new NBC drama “Chicago Med” — he’s playing an Orthodox Jew.
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.
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.
Rabbi Capers Funnye, Jr., a cousin of First Lady Michelle Obama, is calling on President Obama to make Middle East peace “a top priority” of his administration. Funnye appears with a handful of other rabbis in a five-minute video, created before the inauguration by the organization Brit Tzedek v’Shalom – Jewish Alliance for Justice & Peace — pleading with the new president to promote a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. “There is no time left to walk softly and hope for the best,” Funnye, who attended his in-law’s inauguration Tuesday, says in the video.