Prior to 1998, Miriam Peretz lived an ordinary life. She and her husband Eliezer resided in a Jerusalem suburb where they raised their six children. She enjoyed her work as principal of a local elementary school. Life was good…until the moment every Israeli parent fears- the knock on the door. Their 21-year-old son Uriel had been killed in action in Lebanon.Twelve years later the knock came again. Their younger son Eliraz had been killed in a Hamas ambush at the Gaza border. Her husband passed away in between. Meet this extraordinary woman and hear her journey from mourning to mission; from sorrow to inspiration; from mother of six to ima shel kol hayeladim- mother of all the (IDF) boys. Miriam is the recipient of the prestigious Menachem Begin Prize; the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement;and the author of Miriam’s Song: The Story of Miriam Peretz.
Renowned Jewish American comedienne Elon Gold joins this year’s gala as MC. His unique brand of Jewish humor keeps fans across the U.S., Europe and Israel in stitches. Gold has starred in FOX TV’s Stacked and the hit series Bones; NBC's In-Laws and HBO’s Crashing. He appears regularly on The Tonight Show and has guest starred on Frasier, The Mentalist, and Chappelle's Show among others. His recent appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden went viral. He looks forward to spending an evening with Adelson gala guests.