Maya, the Jewish daughter of a Hamas sheikh who escaped an Arab village and now works with Yad L’Achim to help other Jews return to their people, has arrived from Eretz Yisroel to tell her dramatic story in a series of personal appearances. As a teenager, Maya convinced an Arab uncle to help her make her getaway and then spent a year living in a cave in Yerushalayim, until a social worker found her and brought her to a supervised youth house. At the facility, she met someone who helped her find her way to Torah observance.
Today, a young mother of three whose husband learns in kollel, Maya is working for Yad L’Achim, warning young people of the dangers of getting involved with Arabs, and helping extricate them from the kind of dangerous situation she was in.
After Maya’s talk, a dramatic film will be aired documenting the rescue of Maya and her eight children from an Arab home in Yerushalayim’s Muslim Quarter.
The event, for women only, will be held in Lakewood, at Lake Terrace Hall, tonight, Admission is $15, with all proceeds going to tzedaka. Due to the subject, single girls and children will not be admitted.