Congregation Shema Yisrael is getting ready to host our very first Messianic Youth Summit and today I interviewed our keynote speaker for the event, Rabbi Eduardo Arroyo!
Rabbi Eduardo Arroyo was born in 1984 in Brooklyn NY to anusim parents
and was raised in a nominally Catholic home. Growing up during the
golden age of Hip Hop, in the home of Hip Hop Rabbi Eduardo fell in love
with music. His first personal encounter with Yeshua was at Christ
Tabernacle in Queens NY, during a Wednesday night youth meeting at the
age of 16. He returned to Judaism in 2004 at the age of 19 after a
meeting with Messianic Rabbi David Rosenberg on Nyack College campus. A
couple of years after that Rabbi Eduardo moved to Pennsylvania where he
picked up a set of turntables to pursue the craft of DJ’ing. He has
since been a professional DJ for 15 years. While living in Pennsylvania
he met Messianic Rabbi Mark Shulman at Beit Simcha in Allentown
Pennsylvania. Rabbi Shulman became a spiritual father to Rabbi Eduardo.
In 2014 he married the love of his life Rebbitzin Amy Arroyo. They have
been together for almost 10 years and married for 5. Together they have a
beautiful 1 year old baby boy named Aiden. In 2018 Rabbi Eduardo was
licensed as a Messianic Chaplain, and then in 2019 he received smicha
(ordination) as a Messianic Rabbi by Rabbi Mark Shulman, Zaken Dan
Sicher and Zaken Leon Benner. Rabbi Eduardo has completed all coursework
towards a BA in Jewish Studies and Religion Studies. He teaches Hebrew,
Bar/Bat Mitzvah classes, leads Shabbat and high holy day services. He
serves as a volunteer Chaplain for Pennsylvania Department of
Corrections, and as the Associate Rabbi under Senior Rabbi Mark Shulman
of Congregation Beth El Gibor in Bethlehem, PA.
Enjoy some great music while you're here - and a belated Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!