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Sounds from a Black Jewish Synagogue, Chicago

There was an interesting article in the NYT Magazine last weekend about Michelle Obama’s cousin, Capers Funnye, a convert to Judaism who is the rabbi of [the largest?] black synagogue in Chicago.

About a year ago, the Times did another story about Funnye, which has a great little multimedia slide show embedded.

This is a Chicago TV report on the temple. “True Jew” questions aside, what most struck me about both the slide show and the TV clip are the sounds of the congregation–the songs and the chanting, soul-stirring for being at once familiar and strangely, thrillingly foreign.

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