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Friday, February 28, 2020

(Courtesy of Kaplen JCC on the Palisades) The Patron of the Arts Program at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades is expanding opportunities for the community to enjoy high-level cultural arts experiences with a special speaker event on Sunday, November 1, at 7 p.m. The evening will feature Mosab Hassan Yousef, who will discuss the world’s most dangerous terrorist organization—Hamas—while unveiling the truth about his own secret role, his agonizing separation from family and homeland, his dangerous choices and his belief that to “love your enemies” is the only path to peace in the Middle East. There will be a Q&A with Yousef at the end of the program.

“It is an honor to have Mosab Hassan Yousef as our special guest,” said JCC CEO Jordan Shenker. “He has an incredible story to tell, from a totally unique perspective, and as an outspoken advocate for Israel, he will provide our audience with an illuminating presentation. The goal of our Patron of the Arts program is to showcase events and speakers who can engage our community and Mr. Yousef is certain to do this.”

Born in Ramallah in 1978, Yousef is the son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founding leader of Hamas. Yousef was an integral part of the movement, for which he was imprisoned several times by the Shin Bet, the Israeli intelligence service. After discovering Hamas was torturing its own people, Yousef started a six-year quest that jeopardized Hamas, endangered his family and threatened his life. He has since embraced the Christian faith and sought political asylum in America.

Cost: VIP: $180 Exclusive for Patron of the Arts subscribers. Includes reserved VIP seating, meet and greet, and photo opportunity with Yousef at a private dessert reception. Preferred: $100 Priority seating; General: $50 General admission. Patron of the Arts subscriptions begin at $360. To purchase tickets, visit www.jccotp.org/mosab

The Patron of the Arts Program Presenting Sponsor is Maggie Kaplen—The Kaplen Foundation. For more information, contact Nina Bachrach at 201-408-1406 or [email protected].