Leadership Development

Leadership Development

YLD Board of Directors

YLD’s Board of Directors represents the next generation of Jewish leaders in Chicago. Get to know the YLD Board of Directors and Professional Staff.


Gesher is a training program in volunteer leadership and advocacy for the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago (“JUF/JF”). Participants learn and discuss the inner workings of JUF/JF agencies, allocations process and fundraising strategies; advance their leadership skills through interactive training; and explore areas of future involvement and volunteerism within JUF/JF.

Ben Gurion Society

The Ben Gurion Society (BGS) is a national young leadership giving society that recognizes young professionals who make a commitment of at least $1,000 to the JUF Annual Campaign. YLD hosts an annual BGS reception to celebrate and honor the generosity of this group of donors. Read more here.

Golda Meir Society

The Golda Meir Society honors our donors who contribute $2,500 or more to the JUF Annual Campaign.