2019 Campaign Event


Event Co-Chairs Marisa Garber & Dan Gamm invite you to attend our 2019 Annual Campaign Event:
Author of The Fox Hunt: A Refugee’s Memoir of Coming to America
Sunday, October 28  •  7:00PM
Dwares JCC  •  401 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence

The Fox Hunt tells one young man’s unforgettable story of war, unlikely friendship, and his harrowing escape from Yemen’s brutal civil war with the help of a daring plan engineered on social media by a small group of Jewish, Israeli, and American activists in the West.

Born in Yemen to a pair of middle-class doctors, Mohammed Al Samawi was a devout Muslim raised to think of Christians and Jews as his enemy. But when Mohammed was twenty-three, he secretly received a copy of the Bible, and what he read cast doubt on everything he’d previously believed. After connecting with Jews and Christians on social media, and at various international interfaith conferences, Mohammed became an activist, making it his mission to promote dialogue and cooperation in Yemen. Then came the death threats: first on Facebook, then through terrifying anonymous phone calls. To protect himself and his family, Mohammed fled to the southern port city of Aden. He had no way of knowing that Aden was about to become the heart of a north-south civil war, and the battleground for a well-funded proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. As gunfire and grenades exploded throughout the city, Mohammed hid in the bathroom of his apartment and desperately appealed to his contacts on Facebook. Miraculously, a handful of people he barely knew responded. Over thirteen days, four ordinary young people with zero experience in diplomacy or military exfiltration worked across six technology platforms and ten time zones to save this innocent young man trapped between deadly forces— rebel fighters from the north and Al Qaeda operatives from the south. The story of an improbable escape as riveting as the best page-turning thrillers, The Fox Hunt reminds us that goodness and decency can triumph in the darkest circumstances.


The Fox Hunt, as featured in People Magazine, will soon be a major motion picture from the producer of La La Land.
Nail-bitingly suspenseful. … Inspiring. … Essential reading.” —Booklist

This event is free of charge with a donation of any amount to the 2019 Annual Campaign.

Please join us for a dessert reception following the program. Dietary laws will be observed.

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For more information, please contact Michele Gallagher at mgallagher@jewishallianceri.org or 401.421.4111 ext. 165.

2019 Campaign Event

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