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We welcome you and your interest in Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation (House of Peace for the Children of the Ancient Ethiopian Hebrews). As stated in Psalm 133:1, “…how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”

High Holy Days

This years Holy Days are on the following dates.  We hope that you will join us -  all are welcome. Donations are appreciated.

Erev Pesach
Monday, April 14, 2014
Seder begins at 7:00p.m.
1st Day Pesach
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – Service at 10:30a.m.
7th Day Pesach
Monday, April 21, 2014 – Service at 10:30a.m.

Lag B’Omer
33rd Day of Counting the Omer
Saturday, May 17, 2014

Erev Shavuot
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 – Service at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 – Service at 10:30 a.m.

Tishe’ah B’Av
9th Day of Av
Monday, August 4, 2014

Rosh Hashanah
Erev Rosh Hashana
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 – Service at 7:00p.m.
Rosh Hashana
Thursday, September 25, 2014 – Service at 10:30a.m.

Yom Kippur
Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre
Friday, October 3, 2014 – Service at 7:00p.m.
Yom Kippur Fast begins at 7:00p.m.
Yom Kippur – Saturday, October 4, 2014 – Service at 10:00a.m.

Erev Sukkot
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 – Service at 7:00p.m.
1st Day Sukkot
Thursday, October 9, 2014 – Service at 10:30a.m.

Erev Hoshanah Rabbah
Wednesday, October 15, 2013 – Service at 7:00 p.m

Shemini Atzeret
Thursday, October 16, 2014 – Service at 10:30a.m.

Begins the evening of
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Ends the evening of
Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Celebrating 96 Years!!!

You’re invited to join
Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken E.H.C.

Erev Shabbat Services -7:00 pm
Shabbat Services -10:30 am
Afternoon Service -4:00 pm
For information contact:
Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken E.H.C.
6601 S. Kedzie
Chicago, IL. 60629
773-476-2924 (office)
773-476-2259 (fax)
Please see LINKS to visit our You Tube page


Israel at the White House 2009

Rabbi Capers Funnye and Be’chol Lashon

Rabbi Capers is also the Associate Director of Be’chol Lashon (In Every Tongue) whose mission is to grow and strengthen the Jewish people through ethnic, cultural, and racial inclusiveness. They advocate for the diversity that has characterized the Jewish people throughout history, and through contemporary forces including intermarriage, conversion and adoption. They foster an expanding Jewish community that embraces its differences. For more information on Be’chol Lashon please click here.

Israel at the White House

Monday December 10, 2007
By: Rabbi Capers Shmuel Funnye
Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken E.H.C.
Chicago, Illinois

Monday December 10, 2007 was a water-shed day for the Israelite community in the Unites States. My wife Rabbinit Miriam and I attended a reception at the White House in honor of Chanukah. I was very surprised when I received a call from Jeremy Katz, the White House Deputy-Chief-of-Staff for Jewish affairs. We talked about my attending a private meeting with President Bush. In light of the fact that December was Human Rights Month, President Bush wanted to conduct a panel discussion on religious oppression. Read the rest of this entry »

In the New York Times

New York Times
Black Rabbi Reaches Out to Mainstream of His Faith

Photo by: Sally Ryan for The New York Times
Published: March 16, 2008

CHICAGO — Having grown up in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Capers C. Funnye Jr. was encouraged by his pastor to follow in his footsteps. Instead, he became a rabbi. Read More

New York Times
Obama’s Rabbi

Photo by: Alec Soth/Magnum, for The New York Times
Published: April 2, 2009

Rabbi Capers Funnye celebrated Martin Luther King Day this year in New York City at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, a mainstream Reform congregation, in the company of about 700 fellow Jews — many of them black. The organizers of the event had reached out to four of New York’s Black Jewish synagogues in the hope of promoting Jewish diversity, and they weren’t disappointed.
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Our Services

Friday: Erev Shabbat
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Shabbat Candle Lighting
Prayer Service
Shabbat Study

Saturday: Shabbat
10:30am to 2:00pm
Prayer Service
Torah (God’s Law) Reading
Songs of Praise
D’rashah (Sermon)
Oneg (Refreshments)

Saturday Evening
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Prayer and Pledge
Prophetic, current and historical events from a spiritual point of view.

Contact Us

6601 South Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60629-3432
(773) 476-2924