Ben Gurion Society

What is BGS?

The Ben-Gurion Society (BGS) is a national donor recognition society for young adults, ages 22-45, who make a contribution of $1,000 or more to the Jewish United Fund's Annual Campaign. Here in Chicago, there are over 540 Ben-Gurion Society members accounting for almost $1.9 million of JUF's Annual Campaign.

BGS is founded on the principles of David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of the State of Israel. BGS embodies Ben-Gurion's legacy, that young men and women use their vision and combine their power, passion and resources to build a strong and responsible Jewish community at home, in Israel, and around the world.


This year, we are enhancing the Ben-Gurion Society with the goal of providing our most generous donors with a special set of benefits.  2021-2022 BGS benefits will focus on exclusive access to JUF programming, high-level briefings on current events and opportunities to engage with our agencies. The full slate of benefits will include the following:

  • Access to invite-only, BGS signature event: Society Night Live
  • VIP treatment at YLD's Big Event Fundraiser
  • Preferred seating and expedited security at certain events
  • Unique travel opportunities with fellow BGS members 
  • High-level briefings on current events
  • Exclusive opportunities to engage with senior community leaders
  • Insider access to JUF agencies

Upcoming Programs

  • We are in the process of planning upcoming BGS programs. Check back after the new year for 2021-2022 programs.

    Join BGS

    Please contact Assistant Vice President, Young Adult Philanthropy and Engagement, Elyse Saretsky at 312-357-4880 with questions and to learn how you can get involved today!

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