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 29, 2020 NOTE: THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN POSTPONED. Click here for updates.

A Discussion with David and Peggy Schlesinger, members of the Baha’i faith 

David and Peggy Schlesinger have been members of the Bahá’í Faith for quite some time, with David being a third-generation Bahá’í while Peggy became a Bahá’í as a youth.  Peggy is a member of the Local Spiritual Assembly of Chandler, which is an elected body of nine individuals who administer the concerns of the community.  She is one of the organizers of the Race 4 Unity Walk/Run and serves on a variety of Bahá’í and civic committees and teaches Bahá’í children’s classes.  They both worked at the Bahá’í National Center, located in a northern suburb of Chicago earlier in his career.  David currently serves on the Bahá’í Information Security Task Force, which highlights security threats to the Bahá’í community.  David has as a master’s degree in Organization Management and is a CISSP retired.  Peggy has a MBA in Management Information Systems.  They both retired from Intel Corporation; Peggy as a Business Intelligence Enterprise Architect with a focus on Data and Business Architecture and David as a manager of Data Security.  

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.