Conversations with the Rabbi
6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15
Join us for Conversations with the Rabbi, a new series featuring Rabbi Michael Beyo, EVJCC CEO, and local faith leaders.
On Sept. 15, Rabbi Beyo will speak with Imam Faheem Arshad of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community about being a minority religion in America. They will explore maintaining religious identity, raising children within faith, addressing discrimination and persecution, obligations beyond our communities, and more. Click on their names below for bio information.
Rabbi Michael Beyo
Rabbi Michael Beyo has over 25 years of professional, entrepreneurial and rabbinical experience. He earned three rabbinical ordinations and focused his undergraduate and graduate level studies at universities in the USA and Israel in political science, Jewish history and Jewish philosophy.
Before transitioning his entrepreneurial expertise and passion to the Jewish non-profit community work, Rabbi Beyo spent many years in the toy industry, as well as in high-tech and renewable energy.
He served as the executive director and rabbi of Boston University Hillel, as well as the Jewish chaplain for Boston University.
Subsequently, he was appointed as the chief development officer for Hillel of Georgia, overseeing 12 colleges and universities in the State of Georgia.
He has served as the CEO and rabbi of the East Valley JCC since November 2015. Under his leadership, the EVJCC has experienced unprecedented growth in community outreach, partnerships, & program expansion.
Rabbi Beyo has been teaching for the last 15 years and is an published author, accomplished speaker and guest lecturer.
Imam Faheem Arshad
Imam Faheem Arshad is an imam of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. He graduated from the Islamic Seminary of Jamia Ahmadiyya in Canada and has been to various countries as part my training, including Africa, United Kingdom, Mexico, and Pakistan, before being stationed in Arizona. He strives to be a missionary on a mission to promote the message of peace.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a fast-growing international revival movement within Islam. Founded in 1889 by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, it spans over 200 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions and its current headquarters are in the United Kingdom. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the only Islamic organization to believe that the long-awaited Messiah has come in the person of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) (1835-1908) of Qadian. He claimed to be the metaphorical second coming of Prophet Jesus and the second coming of other religious prophets.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the only Islamic organization with a central spiritual leader, known as the Khalifa of Islam. The Khalifa of Islam unites people and promotes the message of peace, love, and compassion to everyone including many political leaders of major countries.