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Is Michelle Obama's Rabbi Cousin A Real Jew?

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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FUNNYE, YOU DON'T LOOK JEWISH Oh, come on, you would have gone the exact same way with this one Have you heard? Michelle Obama has a cousin who is a rabbi in Chicago. According to the AP, Rabbi Capers Funnye is Michelle's first cousin once removed and the leader of a predominantly black synagogue on Chicago's South Side. This is important because Barack Obama scares Jews and some think Funnye might help them come around to supporting him. But others doubt Funnye's Chosen-ness. An email that recently landed our inbox says that several Rabbis in Chicago question whether Funnye and his congregation are really members of the tribe.

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