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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.
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)
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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 Pesach
Friday, April 22, 2016
Seder begins at 7:00p.m.
1st Day Pesach
Saturday, April 23, 2016 – Service at 10:30a.m.
7th Day Pesach
Saturday, April 30, 2016 – Service at 10:30a.m.

Lag B’Omer
33rd Day of Counting the Omer
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Erev Shavuot
Sunday, June 12, 2016 – Service at 10:30am
Monday, June 13, 2016 – Service at 10:30 a.m.

Tishe’ah B’Av
9th Day of Av
Sunday, August 14, 2016

Rosh Hashanah
Erev Rosh Hashana
Sunday, October 2, 2016 – Service at 7:00p.m.
Rosh Hashana
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 – Service at 10:30a.m.

Yom Kippur
Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 – Service at 7:00p.m.
Yom Kippur Fast begins at 7:00p.m.
Yom Kippur – Wednesday, October 12, 2016 – Service at 10:00a.m.

Erev Sukkot
Sunday, October 16, 2016 – Service at 7:00p.m.
1st Day Sukkot
Sundayt, October  23, 2016 – Service at 10:30a.m.

Erev Hoshanah Rabbah
Sunday, October 23, 2016 – Service at 7:00 p.m

Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah
Sunday, October 23, 2016 – Service at 10:30a.m.

Begins the evening of
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Ends the evening of
Sunday, January 1, 2017

Celebrating 98 Years!

We cordially invite you to join us
Beth Shalom B’Nai Zaken EHC
Friday, October 28, 2016
Erev Shabbat Worship & Fellowship 6:00pm
Saturday, October 29
Worship & Fellowship 10:30am
We’ve Got Talent / Open Mic 7:30pm
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Crystal Light Banquet Hall
8400 S. Cicero Ave
1:00 – 5:00pm
For information contact:
Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken E.H.C.
773-476-2924 (office)

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.
Read More

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