‘Relations Between Israel and the American Jewish Community: Where do we go from here?’

Sunday, Nov. 21 | 6 p.m.

Join Rabbi Michael Beyo, EVJCC CEO, on Zoom for a conversation with Avi Kay, Ph.D., senior lecturer at the Jerusalem College of Technology in Jerusalem. Includes a Q&A session.

Free, with a donation suggested for the Lone Soldier Project to benefit lone soldiers currently serving in the IDF. Register to receive the link. 

Avi Kay is a native-born Detroiter who immigrated to Israel in 1981. Avi is a senior lecturer at the Jerusalem College of Technology, where he also has served as the director of the Schuman Center for Entrepreneurship.  Alongside his teaching activities, Avi has written and lectured widely about the impact of American-born Israelis on Israeli business, society, and politics as well as the transition of Ultra-Orthodox Israelis to academia and the workplace.

The Lone Soldier Project of the East Valley JCC raises funds to provide support for lone soldiers serving in the Israel Defense Forces. The funds will go toward providing Shabbat and holiday meals at lone soldier centers in Israel, as well as provide supplies to make knitted hats that help keep the soldiers warm during cold nights on duty.


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.