Ben Gurion Society

What is BGS?

The Ben-Gurion Society (BGS) is a national donor recognition society for young adults, ages 25-45, who make a contribution of $1,000 or more to the Jewish United Fund's Annual Campaign. Here in Chicago, there are over 700 Ben-Gurion Society members accounting for almost $3 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. 2017-2018 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:

  • Invite-only BGS-only events (including a complimentary VIP reception at YLD’s Big Event fundraiser)
  • Preferred seating at JUF programs
  • Expedited security at certain events
  • High-level briefings on current events
  • Exclusive opportunities to engage with senior community leaders
  • Insider access to JUF agencies

Upcoming Programs

  • Join JUF’s Women’s Division on May 9 at 11:30 AM for Spring Event featuring Grammy and Tony Award Winner, Ben Platt! The event will take place at the Hilton (720 S. Michigan) and the cost to attend is $85. A minimum individual women’s gift of $365 to the 2018 JUF Annual Campaign is required to attend.
  • Join us for the sixth annual Ben-Gurion Society Luncheon on Thursday, May 17 from 11:45 AM- 1:15 PM at Mesirow Financial (353 N Clark St.). The luncheon will celebrate successful young Jewish professionals through an interactive panel discussion featuring Ari Levy, Founder, CEO, SHIFT and former Team Physician, Chicago Blackhawks, Jessica Malkin, Chief of Staff, Uptake and former CEO, Chicago Ideas and David Rekhson, Principal, DineAmic Group. The event promises a fun, informative, and engaging afternoon. Register here.

      Check out photos from our annual BGS Luncheon.

      BGS members enjoyed a pre-reception filled with premium drinks and appetizers before the 10th Annual YLD's Big Event Fundraiser on December 9. Check out photos from the event here

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      Please contact YLD Assistant Director, Elyse Saretsky at 312-357-4880 with questions and to learn how you can get involved today!

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