Recognizing the need for dialogue and engagement between faith communities, the EVJCC is launching Conversations with the Rabbi, a lively and informative discussion series bringing together faith-leaders from across the Valley to discuss the common issues facing our communities while recognizing and respecting our differences.
The first of several Conversations will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15 between Rabbi Michael Beyo, CEO of the East Valley Jewish Community Center, and Imam Faheem Arshad of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. The topic will focus on “Being a Religious Minority,” with discussions surrounding maintaining religious identity, raising children, discrimination and more.
“In today’s cultural climate, it’s more important than ever have open discussions,” says Rabbi Michael Beyo, EVJCC CEO. “We are seeing a rise in anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and hatred of all kind. We hope to bring together communities to have a conversation, enable neighbors to talk about their differences, and unite people to share a sacred moment together.”
Imam Arshad adds,”Living in a world where ignorance divides us, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community believes that interfaith dialog is crucial in building bridges and breaking barriers. It is now more important than ever.”
The event is free, but registration is required at evjcc.org/conversation. The program will take place at the East Valley JCC, located at 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler.
Imam Arshad will also speak at the EVJCC as part of the center’s Interfaith Series, at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. He will discuss the history of Ahmadiyya Islam, religious tenets and current challenges. Cost is $14, which includes a kosher lunch following the presentation. Registration is required at evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash.
Conversations with the Rabbi is part of CORE (Community. Outreach. Relationships. Engagement), a new project of the East Valley JCC. For more information, visit evjcc.org/core or call 480-897-0588.
We hope to bring together communities to have a conversation, enable neighbors to talk about their differences, and unite people to share a sacred moment together.
-Rabbi Michael Beyo