The Ben Gurion Society Annual Gala is the signature fundraising event for the United Jewish Federation of Utah (Federation). It is an elegant evening of food and entertainment in an exciting venue with a distinguished speaker.
The Ben Gurion Society (named after the first Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben Gurion) is a community of philanthropists, families, and individuals, who make a substantial, collective impact by their contributions of $1,000 or more, to the Federation’s Annual Campaign.
The Federation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, dedicated to building community and caring for people in need in Utah, Israel and around the world. In addition, the Federation makes a difference by funding efforts of its local partner agencies and globally through key partners including The Jewish Agency for Israel, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and World ORT.
Ambassador Dennis Ross
A scholar and diplomat with decades of experience in Soviet and Middle East policy, Dennis Ross has worked for Republican and Democratic Presidents to help shape U.S. policy. He is the recipient of the Presidential Medal for Distinguished Service, the State Department's highest award. Ambassador Ross is the author of several influential books on the peace process, the Middle East, and international relations. His most recent book is Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel’s Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny.
Utah Representative Patrice Arent
Raised in Salt Lake City, Representative Arent is a graduate of the University of Utah and Cornell Law School. She has devoted much of her professional life to public service. She currently represents House District 36 in the Utah House of Representatives and has also served in the Utah Senate. Patrice is widely known for her ability to collaborate with diverse groups to solve serious problems facing our state. She is also the Co-President of the National Association of Jewish Legislators. We honor her service.