Ben-Gurion Society* invites you to usher in a new era in young adult philanthropy with the launch of a new donor society, Emerging Philanthropists**! Each year, two young leaders are presented with the Young Leadership Award, and we will proudly honor our 2018 recipients Reuben Robin and Marlyse Scherr at this inaugural event. We will also welcome keynote speaker Jeannie Smith, who will share the moving story of her mother, Righteous Gentile Irene Gut OpDyke.

Due to parking challenges, we strongly encourage using Uber or Lyft.

If you have questions, please email or call (323) 761-8386.

*Ben-Gurion Society, a nationally recognized donor society for those in their 20s and 30s giving a minimum gift of $1,000 or more to the Federation’s Annual Campaign.
**Emerging Philanthropists, Los Angeles’ newest donor society for those in their 20s and 30s giving a minimum gift of $2,500 or more to the Federation’s Annual Campaign.



Online registration for this event is now closed. Please contact Alexi Biener at (323) 761-8386 or to register or for additional information.



Jeannie Smith is the daughter of Polish rescuer Irene Gut OpDyke who passed away on May 18, 2003. Irene received international recognition for her actions during the Holocaust while working for a high-ranking German official.

The Israeli Holocaust Commission named Irene one of the “Righteous Among the Nations,” a title given to those who risked their lives by aiding and saving Jews during the Holocaust. She was presented with the Israel Medal of Honor, Israel’s highest tribute, in a ceremony at Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. The Vatican has given Irene a special commendation, and her story is part of a permanent exhibit in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

Jeannie is part of a new generation of Holocaust speakers who share life stories from their parents’ firsthand experiences.

The story she tells, although filled with the horrors and hate of the Holocaust, also brings a message of faith, love, and hope that good can triumph over evil. It proclaims the conviction that one by one we can say no to hatred, persecution, and prejudice. The story speaks of the power of love and encourages the fact that “One person can make a difference!”

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