Annual Campaign

Thank you for your generous support of Valley Beth Shalom's Annual Campaign!

To donate by phone, please call 818.530.4085. Or text to give: ILoveVBS to 41-444. 

Donors $1,200 and over are invited to our Campaign Kick Off Event on September 16, 2019.

In addition to your VBS Annual Campaign Gift, 
 Visit the Day School Giving Page


JOIN US! Mondy, September 16, 2019

6:30 PM | Dinner, Drinks & Dessert
7:45 PM | Program
Location | Private home in Encino (location provided upon RSVP)

Minimum Gift of $1,200 to Attend (First-Time Attendees $600).
We welcome participation from Day School Annual Fund Major Donors.

RSVP BY WEDNESDAY, SEPT 11, 2019 to Marlene Edenzon l 818.530.4085

Interfaith Activist, Refugee from Yemen and Author of The Fox Hunt.

headshot_at_jefferson_memorial-7208.jpgMohammed Al Samawi - Bio
Mohammed Al Samawi 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 fours 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 "Abrahamic House", to build sustainable interfaith learning and action across Muslim, Jewish, Bahai and Christian communities in order to foster an environment of learning, respect, and social change.


The Fox Hunt tells one young man’s unforgettable story of 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 interfaith activistsin the West. The book is the 2019 Nautilus book winner and 2019 National Jewish Book Awards Finalist. “La La Land” producer Marc Platt and Josh Singer, who won an Academy Award for best original screenplay “Spotlight, are developing the movie “The Fox Hunt,” based on Mohammed Al Samawi’s autobiography.

Mohammed Al Samawi
Director, Abrahamic House