Conversations with the Rabbi

Join us for Conversations with the Rabbi, a free series featuring Rabbi Michael Beyo, EVJCC CEO, and local faith leaders. All sessions are held at the East Valley JCC. 

6 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 2020

“Family: Conflict, Crisis, Connection”: A Discussion with President Gary Smith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

Dr. Gary A. Smith completed a Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in chemistry and Spanish with an emphasis in Latin American studies, a medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine, and a Master of Medical Management at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. He performed his family medicine internship and residency with an emphasis in emergency medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Smith is a board-certified Family Physician, Chief Medical Officer for Steward Health Care and provides medical direction for Mesa, Queen Creek and Superstition fire departments. He is Stake President of the Queen Creek AZ West Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and will begin service as the California San Jose Mission President in July 2020.

The program is free, but registration is required. 


Rabbi  Michael Beyo has over 25 years of professional, entrepreneurial and rabbinical experience. He earned three rabbinical ordinations of the highest honor and focused his undergraduate and graduate level studies at universities in the United States and Israel in political science, Jewish history and Jewish philosophy.

Before transitioning his entrepreneurial expertise and passion to Jewish nonprofit community work, he worked in other industries, including toys,  high-tech and renewable energy.

Since November 2015, Rabbi Beyo has served as the CEO and rabbi of the East Valley JCC. Under his leadership, the EVJCC has experienced unprecedented growth in community outreach, partnerships and program expansion.

He previously served as the executive director and rabbi of Boston University Hillel, as well as the Jewish chaplain for Boston University.  He is also a published author, accomplished speaker and guest lecturer at numerous colleges and universities. He is involved in community work in the Greater Phoenix area, serving on a number of committees and interfaith dialogue.  He was born in Milan, Italy and has lived in Italy, England, France, Israel and the United States.