EVJCC Presents “Why Is Jerusalem So Important to Muslims?” February 23

Michael Cohen, MD

This topic has major contemporary implications in any possible resolution of the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem, including the Old City, as the capital of a future state, while Israeli leaders have claimed Jerusalem as the state’s “eternal capital” since 1949.

The Old City has huge historic, economic, religious, and now national symbolism for both Palestinians and Israelis, particularly because of the Al-Aqsa compound, known as Haram al-Sharif to Muslims and Temple Mount to Jews. This is the most explosive issue in an already incendiary conflict.” Jonathan Cook, Middle East Eye, July 19, 2019

Rabbi Michael Beyo joined the East Valley JCC as the CEO in November of 2015. Under his leadership, the EVJCC has experienced unprecedented growth in community outreach, partnerships, and program expansion providing hundreds of programs every year and impacting the lives of thousands of people of all ages, backgrounds, and religious affiliations.

Rabbi Beyo oversees all the departments of the EVJCC which now offer hundreds of lectures and classes, exhibits, movies, and concerts that engage thousands of people.

He is a published author, accomplished speaker, and guest lecturer at colleges and universities on Jewish theology, Zionism, Jewish history, and Jewish law. He has guest lectured at Emory University, Georgia Tech, Boston University, Scottsdale Community College, and Chandler/Gilbert Community College. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this topic. He will transform this complicated matter to the basics, so attendees will leave with a better understanding of the current conflict over Jerusalem. All those interested in the current Middle East situation are welcome.

The presentation will be on Feb. 23, 2020, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Sun Lakes Chapel Center, 9230 E. Sun Lakes Blvd, N., Sun Lakes, AZ 85248.

It is free and open to the public. For inquiries, call 480-895-4660.