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Welcome to Our Site!

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!”

You’re invited to join Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken E.H.C.
Friday (Every 1st & 2nd)
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 facebook page and more

Go to Events section: for High Holidays service times and more

@ Bnai Adath Kol Beth Yisrael

Voices in Praise: Congregants gathered at Bnai Adath Kol Beth Yisrael, an Israelite synagouge in Brooklyn, sing during the inauguration ceremony of Rabbi Funnye.


Passover seder in the 1940s

source  (please note that the image is too big to fit on our site from original source and some dignitaries in picture are not seen) working on a solution soon



The Holy Days are on the following dates (updated as soon as possible to reflect the next/upcoming year).

We hope that you will join us – All Are Welcome.
Donations are appreciated.
Erev Purim Monday, March 9, 2020
Purim Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Shushan Purim Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Erev Pesach
Wednesday,  April 8,  2020
Seder begins at 7:00p.m.

1st Day Pesach
Thursday April 9, 2020 – Service at 10:30a.m.
7th Day Pesach
Thursday, April 16, 2020 – Service at 10:30a.m.

Lag B’Omer
33rd Day of Counting the Omer
Begins Sunset Monday, May 11, 2020

Erev Shavuot
Thursday May 28, 2020 – Service at 10:30am
Saturday,  May 30, 2020 – Service at 10:30 a.m.

Tish’ah B’Av
9th Day of Av
Begins at Sunset Wednesday July 29, 2020

Rosh Hashanah
Erev Rosh Hashana
Sunday, September  29, 2019 – Service at 7:00p.m.
Rosh Hashana
Monday September 30, 2019 – Service at 10:30a.m.

Yom Kippur
Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre
Tuesday October 8, 2019 – Service at 7:00p.m.
Yom Kippur Fast begins at 7:00p.m.
Yom Kippur – Wednesday October 9, 2019 – Service at 10:00a.m.

Erev Sukkot
Sunday October 13, 2019 – Service at 7:00p.m.
1st Day Sukkot
Monday , October 14, 2019 – Service at 10:30a.m.

Erev Hoshanah Rabbah Sunday October 20, 2019 – Service at 7:00 p.m                                                                                
Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah
Monday October 21, 2019 – Service at 10:30a.m.

Begins the evening of
Sunday, December 22, 2019
Ends the evening of
Monday, December 30, 2019

Donations are appreciated.


On Jerusalem Walls, Artist Memorializes Black Rabbi from Harlem


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