"No Room for Small Dreams: Courage, Imagination and the Making of Modern Israel"


The Common good is proud to present an intimate conversation and celebration with Chemi Peres on the new memoir written by his father, Shimon Peres, former President and Prime Minister of Israel. This event was hosted by Marcia Riklis.

Shimon Peres, a leading statesman in his country and around the world, penned the book, “No Room for Small Dreams: Courage, Imagination and the Making of Modern Israel”, shortly before his death late last year, intertwining the historic moments of his own life and Israel’s - and the future he hopes for his nation. Shimon Peres was one of Israel’s founding fathers and for more than six decades was an architect of its ascent from a fragile state to a global power. In 1994, he was awarded the Nobel Peace for his extraordinary efforts to forge peace between Israel and the Palestinians. in 1996, he founded the groundbreaking Peres Center for Peace and Innovation to focus on developing and implementing imaginative peacebuilding programs around the world. Peres died in September 2016, shortly after finishing his work on this book. He was ninety-three year old.

By his unyielding detemination and principle, Shimon Peres time and again helped guide his beloved country through the crucible of moral challenge. But it was by his innate humanity, his decency, that Shimon inspired the world over
— Former President George H. W. Bush
Shimon Peres started as Israel’s brightest student, became one of its best teachers, and ended up its biggest dreamer...THis book captures my friend’s lifelong belief in our potential to rise above our wounds, our resentments, and our fears to make the most of today and claim the promise of tomorrow
— Former President Bill Clinton
Shimon Peres was a giant of Israel’s foudning generation, a tireless advocate for peace, and an eternal optimist who lived his life with a sense of hope and possibility...All of us have much to learn form his story, which now belongs to the ages.
— Former President Barack Obama

Chemi Peres, son of the late president of Israel, Shimon Peres, is one of Israel’s foremost venture capital and innovation pioneers. He is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Pitango Venture Capital. Prior he served 10 years in the Israeli Air Force Chemi is currently the Chairman of the Peres Center for Peace.

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