Worldwide Vigils for Shimon Peres #ShalomShimon
On Wednesday, September 28, we learned of the passing of Shimon Peres, founding father and ninth President of the State of Israel.
President Peres was always a friend of the Jewish student movement and we of him. His commitment and passion for peace resonated powerfully with young Jews all over the world and we will miss him dearly!
He embodied the powerful words of Rabbi Tarfon in Pirkei Avot 2:21:
"Lo Alecha Hamlacha Ligmor"
"You are not expected to finish the task"
"Vlo Ata Bein Chorin Lehibatel Mimena"
"But neither are you free to desist from taking part"
When reflecting on President Peres's life we must take strength from the examples he set and remember that though peace may seem far we must never stop reaching for it!
We at the World Union of Jewish Students encourage Jewish students around the world to hold local vigils/ceremonies/memorials during the next 2 weeks in order to honour the life of President Peres.
If you are planning on holding a vigil please let us know by filling out the form below. We will then add your event to our global map of events.