Rabbi Capers Funnye
Capers C. Funnye, Jr. is rabbi and spiritual leader of Beth Shalom B'nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation, located at 6601 South Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60629.
Rabbi Funnye serves as the Rabbi of Nigeria Orthodox Sabbath Solidarity (NOSS), which has headquarters in Akwete, Nigeria. Rabbi Funnye also serves as the Rabbi of the Pan African Jewish Alliance/Nigeria (PAJA). PAJA is a program offered to emerging Jewish communities that seek to be integrated into the world Jewish community.
Rabbi Funnye earned a Bachelor of Arts in Hebrew Literature and rabbinic ordination from the Israelite Board of Rabbis, Inc., Queens, NY. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jewish Studies and Master of Science in Human Service Administration from Spertus Institute of Judaica, Chicago, IL.
Rabbi Funnye has lectured at several institutions throughout the United States, Europe and Africa. Rabbi Funnye has also served as a consultant to several institutions throughout the United States.
Rabbi Funnye is a member of several boards in the community, The Chicago Board of Rabbis, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Hebrew Immigration Aid Society, The Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, and Vice President of the Israelite Board of Rabbis, Queens, New York.
Rabbi Funnye is married and he and his wife Mary have four children, and are the proud grandparents of seven grandsons and two granddaughters.