Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life President Wayne L. Firestone sent the following message to Israeli President Shimon Peres on the death of his wife Sonia:
Dear President Peres,
It is with deep regret that we learn of the passing of your beloved wife Sonia, z"l.
Mrs. Peres embodied both the timeless values of Jewish womanhood and the pioneering spirit of the founders of the State of Israel. Not only a woman of depth and accomplishment in her own right, she was an "ezer k'negdo" in your own heroic struggles on behalf of Israel and the Jewish people.
On behalf of Hillel students, professionals and volunteers around the world we offer our deepest condolences. We are certain that her memory will continue to serve as an inspiration for generations to come.