Matthew Schrier is an American photographer who was held hostage in Syria for months...and survived.
Matt was abducted by Al-Qaeda-linked rebels while working as a freelance photographer in December 2012. He was beaten and tortured for seven months...
Until he escaped through a narrow window of his prison cell...undetected, and eventually made it home.
Facts about Matthew Schrier:
An American photographer and the only Jew to have escaped from the al-Qaida. Matthew Schrier, a proud Jew, hid his Jewish roots from his captors, strategically converted to Islam and used his sense of humor as tools to foil his captors, escaping through a narrow window of his prison cell undetected just before sunrise on July 29, 2013. His tale of abduction, torture and survival as a prisoner in Syria of Jihandi fighters opposed to President Bashar al-Assad has been documented in media around the world, including 60 Minutes and The New York Times.
Matthew Schrier is now in the process of writing a book about his life.
Matthew will be one of the guests taking part in Yom Kippur High Holy Day services at the Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre. They begin Tuesday night, September 22nd and continue through Wednesday.