Conversation with the Rabbi

Conversation with the Rabbi

In an era of political division and polarized debate, we are losing our ability to hear each other. The volume of our disagreements is at an all-time high, while our ability to communicate with kindness and empathy is at an all-time low. This podcast seeks to change that by engaging people from different backgrounds and beliefs in good old-fashioned conversation. Listen in as Rabbi Michael Beyo and anthropologist Dr. Adrian McIntyre spend time listening, sharing, and discovering common ground in an effort to understand and appreciate the wondrous diversity of our human family. From interfaith dialogues to discussions with business and nonprofit leaders, this podcast shines a spotlight on the different ways we can learn to live, work, and worship together in a contentious and conflicted world. We invite you to use these conversations as a lens to open up new understandings of self and the other, to develop empathy for diverse viewpoints, and to explore what is possible when we listen to others with respect. Conversation with the Rabbi is a project of the East Valley Jewish Community Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, neighborhood organization that has served individuals and families inclusive of all races, religions, and cultures since 1972. Visit us online at https://www.evjcc.org The show is recorded and produced in the studio of PHX.fm, the leading independent B2B online radio station and podcast studio in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more at https://phx.fm

Episodes

September 23, 2021 45 min

Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with Jason Caplan about his spiritual journey through Torah and music, his creation of the Universal Language Room, and the writings of Rabbi Abulafia.

Jason Caplan is an entrepreneur, musician, and founder of The Bridge Institute and Beit Abulafia. He has devoted his life to interpersonal communication and bridge building through improvisational music. In 2004 Jason began to create a...

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Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with Richard Kasper of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix and Marty Haberer of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix about philanthropy, fundraising, and nonprofit leadership in the Jewish community.

(Producer's note: This conversation was recorded in December 2020 and discusses Covid-19 in the context of that time.)

Topics discussed in this episode include:

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    Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with Daphne Lazar Price about her commitment to feminism, Orthodox Judaism, and justice.

    Daphne Lazar Price is Executive Director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. JOFA advocates for expanding women's rights and opportunities within the framework of halakha, to build a vibrant and equitable Orthodox community. Daphne stepped into the role of Executive Director after years o...

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    Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with Rev. Larry Fultz about interfaith dialogue, the Golden Rule, and the rise of the "nones."

    Rev. Larry Fultz is Executive Director of the Arizona Interfaith Movement, an organization comprised of over 22 different faith communities who have joined together in order to build bridges of understanding, respect and support among diverse people of faith through education, dialog...

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    Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with Dr. Gary Smith about medical ethics, religion, and living together in community with people who have different values.

    (Producer's note: This conversation was recorded in November 2020 and discusses Covid-19 vaccine research and other topics in the context of that time.)

    Gary A. Smith, MD is Mission President of the California San Jose Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of...

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    Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with Arizona State Senator Paul Boyer about politics and public service in an era of polemics and hyper-partisanship.

    (Producer's note: This conversation was recorded on June 9, 2021 and mentions legislative issues that may have evolved since that time.)

    State Senator Paul Boyer has served in the Arizona Legislature since 2013, first in the House of Representatives and now in his s...

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    June 3, 2021 51 min

    In this second episode of a two-part sequence, Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre continue to share about their religious and cultural backgrounds and some of the key moments that changed their respective opinions and points of view.

    Conversation with the Rabbi is a project of the East Valley Jewish Community Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, neighborhood organization that has served individuals and families inclusive of all r...

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    May 20, 2021 31 min

    In this episode, Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk openly about their religious and cultural backgrounds, their families, and their individual journeys through (and beyond) the belief systems they inherited from their respective communities.

    Conversation with the Rabbi is a project of the East Valley Jewish Community Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, neighborhood organization that has served individuals and families incl...

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    Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with Dr. Matthew Gunning about religion and politics in America. We dig into topics such as: 

  • Patterns in how religious affiliation impacts voting in US politics 
  • What the increase in "religiously unaffiliated" means 
  • What the Trump presidency revealed about differences between religious conservative groups (e.g., Mormons and White evangelicals) 
  • Voters who adopt conservative issu...
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    Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with Pastor Dan Hoeger about leading a diverse congregation, Lutheran theology, and how to deal with the problematic legacy of Martin Luther's antisemitism.

    Dan Hoeger is the senior pastor of All Saints Lutheran Church in north Phoenix. He has been a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 1989. Prior to that he was a lay missionary teaching ESL in Japan for 3 y...

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    Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with Kitra Cahana of Artists 4 Long-Term Care about the devastating impact of Covid-19 on long-term care homes and the role of visual art and poetry in responding to crisis.

    The statistic is shocking: only 1 percent of Canadians live in a retirement or long-term care home, yet 69 percent of Covid-19 fatalities in Canada have occurred in these facilities.

    Kitra Cahana is an award-winn...

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    Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with Craig Cardon, President of the Queen Creek Arizona West Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, about faith, trust, and seeking the truth.

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a worldwide faith of over 16 million members, with over 30,000 congregations in more than 160 countries and territories. Each of these congregations is led by non-paid leader...

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    Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with Doron Krakow about the past, present, and future of the JCC Movement and the work of JCC Association of North America.

    Doron Krakow is president and CEO of JCC Association of North America, the largest platform of Jewish engagement on the continent. JCC Association partners with JCCs (Jewish Community Centers and Jewish Community Camps), advancing and enriching North American Jew...

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    Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with Jerzy Wójcik of the Holocaust Memorial Partnership about the Auschwitz Virtual Tour & Seminar he created to share with online visitors from around the world.

    Jerzy Wójcik was born in the town of Oświęcim (Auschwitz), Poland. He works as a guide and educator at Auschwitz-Birkenau and runs the Holocaust Memorial Partnership. Jerzy is a graduate of International Relations at the...

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    Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with Azra Hussain about the essence of Islam, what Muslims and Jews have in common, and the importance of educating our own communities.

    Azra Hussain is the President and co-Founder of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona (ISBA), an organization that just celebrated its 21st anniversary. She is also one of the founders of the Scottsdale mosque, and she has spent the past 28 years ed...

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    March 25, 2021 19 min

    In this inaugural episode, Rabbi Michael Beyo talks with co-host Dr. Adrian McIntyre about what you can expect from the new Conversation with the Rabbi podcast.

    Rabbi Beyo also talks about his role as CEO of the East Valley JCC in Chandler, Arizona and hints at some of the twists and turns in his personal journey -- which we will explore more fully in future episodes.

    Conversation with the Rabbi is a project of the East Valley Jewi...

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