Conversations with the Rabbi – Imam Faheem Arshad of the Ahmadiyya Muslim to join the discussion



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.



Rabbi Michael Beyo and Imam Faheem Arshad will discuss the commonalities shared by their faiths in a free public forum next Sunday at the East Valley Jewish Community Center. – Special to the Tribune

A Chandler rabbi believes he can show people that despite some significant differences, major religions in the world have more in common than people might think.

And to show those commonalities, Rabbi Michael Beyo, executive director of the East Valley Jewish Community Center, is starting a series of conversations with leaders of four major faiths in the Valley.

He’s starting the series with Imam Faheem Arshad of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

The imam and the rabbi will appear together at 6 p.m. Sept. 15 at the center, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. 

Future will involve faith leaders from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as the Sikh, Lutheran and Baha’i communities.

Conversations with a Rabbi are free, but reservations are required. Guests can register at

“Fear comes when we don’t know about the person that stands across the table from us,” Beyo said, citing the numerous acts and rhetoric that have raised the level of antisemitism and hatred against different religious, ethnic and racial groups in the country in recent months.

He said he wants to “tear down the walls of ignorance.”

“When we tear down the worlds of ignorance, then we’re not…read more at source.

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  1. Of course we have absolutely nothing against Jews. After all we are even permitted to marry them. Our critisism of the politics of the State of Israel should not be mixed up with our relations with Jews as the religion. These are totally separate things. We just like ‘justice for all’. (And many Jews agree with us).

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