Interfaith activist, author, and speaker Mohammed Al Samawi
5:30 – 6:00 pm (food and socializing)
6:00 – 7:15 pm (service)
7:15 pm (at the conclusion of the service, there will be time for more delicious food and socializing)
SF Interfaith Council and Grace Cathedral are partnering with Emanu-El to celebrate an “Open Door” Shabbat service. This service will allow us to welcome in Shabbat with our interfaith community partners as a display of support, not in a time of crisis or despair but truly to exemplify love for all. Our special guest, author Mohammed Al Samawi, will inspire us with his incredible story of escape from the Yemeni civil war. People of all faiths are welcome!
About the guest
Mohammed Al Samawi is an interfaith activist, a refugee from Yemen and the author of the autobiography The Fox Hunt. Mohammed’s personal journey led him from harboring a deep suspicion of other faiths to becoming a peace advocate. A critical powerful encounter with a teacher challenged him to learn about the Bible and Judaism, rerouting him from a path of likely violence. Mohammed’s journey to interfaith commitment ultimately saved his life, when four years ago four American strangers helped rescue him from extreme groups in Yemen. This work is far from finished. Mohammed remains committed to the exchange of core values that define our religious traditions and hopes to advance this work through his interfaith organization the Abrahamic House to build sustainable interfaith learning and action across Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities in order to foster an environment of learning, respect, and social change. Fox 2000, La La Land producer Marc Platt and Josh Singer, who won an Academy Award for best original screenplay for Spotlight, are developing the movie The Fox Hunt, based on Mohammed’s autobiography.