The Ben-Gurion Society (BGS) is an elite group of Jewish leaders under the age of 45 who make a household contribution of $1,000 or more the Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign.  Your BGS membership gives you access to private networking opportunities. In Houston, it empowers young adults to combine their knowledge, passion and resources to build a stronger Jewish community at home, in Israel and around the world. 

By being a part of BGS, you have access to exclusive networking and private events throughout the year with a group of the Federation’s most philanthropic Jewish young professionals. Here in Houston, there are more than 135 Ben-Gurion Society members.

Join us and help strengthen our community!

If you would like more information about
becoming a member of the Ben-Gurion Society,
contact Lisa Stanton at, 713.729.7000 x319


Join us for our BGS Event featuring

Adam Braun

Bestselling Author and Founder of Pencils of Promise


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

5:00 p.m. Cocktails and Light Bites

Program begins promptly at 5:45


At the Westin Oaks Galleria – 5011 Westheimer

Dietary Laws Observed


For More information, contact Lisa Stanton at or 713.729.7000


Kacie Penn – Ben-Gurion Society Chair

Rachel Strauss & Jared Dubin – YAD Campaign Chairs

Marc Eichenbaum & Levi Strauss – YAD Chairs

Kari Saratovsky – Moderator

Adam Braun is a New York Times bestselling author and the Founder of Pencils of Promise, an award-winning organization that has broken ground on more than 300 schools around the world. As one of the nation's leading speakers on purpose-based leadership and innovation, he has been featured as a speaker at The White House, the United Nations and the Clinton Global Initiative.


By the age of 31 he was already named to Business Insider’s “40 Under 40,” Wired Magazine's “50 People Who Are Changing the World,” and was selected as one of the World Economic Forum’s first ten Global Shapers. In 2015 he joined a coalition to address global challenges with Kofi Annan, Desmond Tutu and several Nobel Peace Prize winners.


Braun began working summers at hedge funds when he was just sixteen years old, sprinting down the path to a successful Wall Street career. But while traveling abroad he met a young boy begging on the streets of India. When Braun asked him what he wanted most in the world, he simply answered, “a pencil.”


This small request became the inspiration for Pencils of Promise, the organization Braun would leave Bain & Company several years later to launch. Using his unique “for-purpose” approach, he meshed for-profit business acumen with non-profit idealism, proving that anyone can build a movement that matters.


Braun graduated from Brown University and is a highly sought after speaker at major conferences and Fortune 500 companies. With over 500,000 followers he is one of America's most engaging entrepreneurs and in 2015 he received the nation’s most prestigious award for public service, the Jefferson Award.


His book The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list and went on to become a #1 national bestseller. In the words of Sir Richard Branson, “For anyone with a big dream to change the world, this book will show you how to get it done.”