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

  1. 10th Annual YLD's Big Event Fundraiser featuring James Corden- Saturday, December 9, 2017
    • The BGS VIP Reception from 7:30-8:30 PM at the Loews Chicago Hotel includes premium open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and more! BGS Members are encouraged to bring one guest to all BGS events.Sign up here!
  2. Announcing our 2nd Annual BGS Mission- this year, to Buenos Aires. 
    • Explore Argentina's capital city and home to the largest Jewish community in Latin America with fellow Chicagoans this spring! Dates TBD in March of 2018 with an optional post-trip to Iguazu Falls. Email Sally Preminger if you are interested in hearing more. 

Check out photos from our annual BGS Luncheon.

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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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