Shimon Peres supported the Village Way.


Friends of Yemin Orde mourns the passing of Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister and 9th President of the State of Israel. He is one of the last surviving members of the generation of leaders who founded the State of Israel in 1948.

Shimon Peres was educated in one of Israel’s early youth villages. He was an enthusiastic supporter of Yemin Orde and its innovative Village Way educational methodology. In 2000, he attended Yemin Orde’s graduation ceremony and addressed the young immigrants who looked forward to a promising and hopeful future as productive citizens of their new homeland.


“There is no place like Yemin Orde in all the world; no place! I pray that the whole world will become like Yemin Orde,” Peres said.

Witness to history

During the time he served as President of Israel, Peres visited Yemin Orde’s pre-military leadership program for immigrant youth (Mechina in Hebrew) in the town of Hatzor, in northern Israel. One young Ethiopian-Israeli participant addressed the President and thanked him for his ongoing support of the community’s educational programs, such as the Mechina.

Yemin Orde’s Mechina is supported through Village Way Educational Initiatives and private philanthropy.

Peres was one of Israel’s finest leaders, serving as Israel’s president, prime minister, youngest Minister of Defense, and longest-serving Member of Knesset, which is Israel’s Parliament. As Israeli Foreign Minister, he won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize, together with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, for the Oslo Accords.

Peres’s historical and extraordinary contributions to Israel will be remembered for generations to come.

May his memory be a blessing for us all.


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