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Escape From Yemen: A Peace Activist, A Senator, and A Chicago Native

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North Suburban Synagogue Beth El

1175 Sheridan Road

Highland Park, IL 60035

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THE STORY

While in hiding during Yemen's civil war, with bombs falling all around him and Al Qaeda checking IDs in the street, peace activist Mohammed Al Samawi thought he should just kill himself rather than risk being tortured by terrorists. He decided to make one final plea for help, and reached out to his Facebook friends from the West. Chicago native Justin Hefter received a message and decided to take action. While Mohammed dodged bombs, bullets and Al Qaeda checkpoints, Justin worked with three of Mohammed's friends in New York and Tel Aviv to coordinate an operation to help mohammed escape Yemen, eliciting Senator Mark Kirk's critical help along the way.

This unbeliveable true story has been movingly captured in Mohammed's memoir The Fox Hunt, and is being turned into a full-feature Hollywood film by producer Marc Platt (La La Land) and Academy Award Winning screenwriter Josh Singer (Spotlight). Watch The Promo Video Here!

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Please join Mohammed, Justin and Senator Mark Kirk as they share a once-in-a-lifetime story of hope, fear, and unlikely friendship.

Official event begins at 7:00PM with a dessert reception to follow.

All ticket holders will receive a signed copy of The Fox Hunt.

TICKETS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE*

Ticket sales include the cost of the book, and are tax deductible.*

All proceeds will go to supporting The AMEL Project, a non-profit created in the aftermath of Mohammed's rescue, that empowers the next generation of human rights activists across the Middle East and Africa. AMEL trains activists like Mohammed Al Samawi, who are motivated by a desire to create inclusive societies and who advocate for the democratic values that we hold dear. Some examples of AMEL programs include TED-style speaking training and Holocaust education for African and Middle Eastern peace activists.

The AMEL Project's Board of Advisors includes: Senator Mark Kirk, Ambassador Dennis Ross, Stanford Professor Larry Diamond, State Dept. veteran Anne Pence, renowned Ugandan human rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo, former USAID Director of Policy Steve Feldstein, and Yemeni peace activst Mohammed Al-Samawi.

*Tax Deduction is based on the cost of the ticket minus the book price (e.g., a $75 ticket is equivalent to a $47 donation to The AMEL Project).

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North Suburban Synagogue Beth El

1175 Sheridan Road

Highland Park, IL 60035

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