Three years have passed since we lost Sonia Gelman Peres, z”l.


Sonia was raised, educated and found her true love at the Ben Shemen Youth Village. Sonia and Shimon Peres were married in the Village and from here left to begin their married lives as pioneers on Kibbutz Alumot.


Sonia’s relationship with Ben Shemen was never severed. She personally contributed time and money in order to advance Ben Shemen students and was never willing to take credit for her contributions.


We miss Sonia; both her spirit and her actions. Each conversation with her always ended the same way: “Ilana, thank you for preserving Ben Shemen.” I see this statement as her last will and testament to the Village – to ensure that each child receives the treatment they need.


Sonia’s children have created The Ben Shemen Children’s Fund in Memory of Sonia Gelmen Peres, an endowment fund, honoring their mother and her special relationship to the Village.


We are approaching family, friends and acquaintances, graduates and friends of Ben Shemen, and asking them to honor this special woman, by contributing to the Fund which has been established by her children in her memory.


We view each contributor to the Fund as a partner in our educational activity, and as preserving Ben Shemen and its spirit.


Click here to make a contribution to this fund