What is the Ben-Gurion Society (BGS)? 

The Ben-Gurion Society (BGS) locally and nationally recognizes young adults ages 21 to 45 who demonstrate community leadership and give a gift of $1,000 or more to their local Federation’s Annual Campaign. BGS was founded on the principles of David Ben Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel, who urged young men and women to channel their power, passion and resources to build a strong and responsible Jewish community.

Why join BGS? 

Members of BGS not only make a tremendously positive impact in the lives of Jews in need all over the world, but also are invited to exclusive BGS events and leadership opportunities throughout the year.

In years past, members have been treated to a BGS VIP Pre-Glow Reception at EPIC, Federation’s largest young adult fundraiser, featuring a meet-and-greet with the event’s headlining talent for the year. Members are also eligible for admission into BGS appreciation events, like this years Night of Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo and previous ones held at the M-1 Concourse and Lexus Velodrome. BGS members are considered Major Donors and therefore are also invited to Federation’s Annual Major Gifts Event.

How does a $1,000+ donation to the Jewish Federation impact the community? 

Here are some examples: 

  • Affords emergency dental services for community members who would otherwise have no access
  • Provides aid to the elderly in the community with ramps for homebound, disabled adults to use for essential outings and appointments
  • Establishes a safe and secure environment for the children in our community to learn within
  • Funds a week of camp for a Tamarack camper in need of scholarship assistance

There is so much more to learn. To start a conversation about becoming a member of the Ben Gurion Society, email Mimi Marcus at

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