Reverend Ray Bonin and Rabbi Levy of Etz Hayim Synagogue have been holding open forum discussions twice a month at Coffeeberries at the Apple Tree Mall in Londonderry. The discussions have been on a wide variety of topics.
An Open Forum “Ask a Muslim Anything”, with Robert Azzi, will be held Thursday May 19th at 7:30pm at the Church of the Transfiguration.
All are Welcome.
Robert Azzi is a photojournalist, columnist and education consultant who lives in Exeter NH. An Arab American Muslim, he writes on issues of Identity, Conflict, and Islam, particularly as they apply in the Middle East and the Global South. Born in New Hampshire, he’s lived in Beirut, Cairo, Athens, Jeddah and New York. Although he returned to the Granite State in the late 1980s, he continues to travel and communicate with Middle East clients and friends on a regular basis.
Azzi has been a Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University, a member of the Leadership Council of the Harvard Divinity School, and an advisor to Tufts University’s Fletcher School committee on Islam and South-West Asia. As a photojournalist his work appeared frequently in such publications as Time, Newsweek and National Geographic, Fortune, Epoca, Paris Match, and other domestic and international publications.
At Phillips Exeter Academy he has served as advisor to the Middle East Society and to the Muslim Student Association. During the 1990s war in the former Yugoslavia, Azzi initiated a project that brought 85 students from Bosnia-Herzegovina to live with American families, empowering them to continue their education until it was safe to return home.
Today Azzi consults on education and political issues as they relate to Islam and the Middle East. He also advises Middle Eastern families and students on educational opportunities in America. Azzi is frequently invited to speak to schools and civic and religious groups, invitations he welcomes in order to encourage tolerance, understanding and interfaith dialogue.