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“You deserve the entire world and everything in it.”

A paraphrased quote from the movie Scarface that Ben would often quote when he needed to refocus himself and his loved ones beyond his illness. Throughout his life and especially when he experienced difficult times, he turned to creativity of the mind and body and continued to write songs, create art, beatbox, martial arts and skateboarding .

Ben joined Gray Academy of Jewish Education in Grade 7 when he moved with his family from Israel. He was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma at the age of 14 and passed away on December 1, 2022.

This fund is being launched a few days before what would have been Ben’s 18th birthday (March 5). This endowment will help to ensure his legacy lives on in the Gray Academy school community. 
The annual earnings will be used for programs in the school that bring joy to others and give students the opportunity to share their passions and celebrate life.

As his family describes, “he enjoyed everything, and most of all giving joy to others, Simchat Chayim!”


Who is Ben?!



Bella Painting

On November 28th, a few days before his passing, Ben presented his painting “Bella” to staff at Gray Academy and read a very emotional text about his life, his feelings and his thoughts throughout this difficult time. His aunt was deeply moved by the content of his words and promised that she would help put them into a song.  With the help of talented musician Jamie Whiltshire, this beautiful song was created based on Bens' words. This is in loving memory of Ben. He wanted to be famous and lives forever through this song and his painting. 


To support the Ben Ben Chimol (z”l) Simchat Chayim Fund, please complete the online form below. Please note that your name and mailing information will be shared with the Gray Academy so they can personally acknowledge your generosity.