We believe the future of Israel depends on excellence in higher education and research that is happening at BGU.

Our Mission: American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion’s vision, creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community and sharing the University’s expertise locally and around the globe.

What We Do: AABGU fulfills its mission by raising funds and awareness for the University and the Negev across the United States, showcasing BGU’s academic excellence and groundbreaking research to individuals, foundations, organizations, and the media. Activities include a series of educational programs and events, and informative digital and print communications that feature BGU’s world-renowned faculty.

The American Associates Village at Sede Boqer was dedicated at the 44th BGU Board of Governors Meeting. The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the American Associates Village at Sede Boqer. The complex will expand available housing for as many as 150 additional international students. Despite the sirens of Operation Protective Edge, a festive block party was recently held on Bershad Lane in the American Associates at Sede Boqer. Beer-Sheva’s Advanced Technologies Park, adjacent to BGU’s Marcus Family Campus, was inaugurated by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in September 2013. AAGBU supporter, and one of the visionaries behind Beer-Sheva’s Advanced Technologies Park, Jim Breslauer received an honorary doctorate from BGU at the 44th Annual Board of Governors Meeting.
Steve and Sonny Hurst at the AABGU National Board Meeting in Sonoma, joined by BGU's (then) VP for External Affairs Prof. Amos Drory.

Steve and Sonny Hurst at the AABGU National Board Meeting in Sonoma, joined by BGU's (then) VP for External Affairs Prof. Amos Drory.

BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi and AABGU Executive Vice President Doron Krakow at the dedication of the new national office in September 2012.

Your Connection to Israel from the United States

The pioneering spirit of Israel’s earliest founders still flourishes in Israel’s Negev region. Help support Ben-Gurion University’s oasis of innovation that is transforming the Negev and shaping the future of Israel.

Founded in 1972, AABGU is a nonprofit organization with headquarters in New York City and nine regional offices throughout the United States.  Join our community of like-minded individuals that supports Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel’s youngest, most innovative university. Find out how you can get involved in AABGU in your area.

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Jobs at AABGU

AABGU is now seeking candidates for Director of Development and Community Engagement

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AABGU Financials, Fundraising and Privacy Policies

AABGU is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Gifts of Israel bonds, stock, real estate, life insurance, pensions, IRAs, and retirement plans are accepted and welcome.

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AABGU’s Fundraising Disclosure Statement

AABGU’s Most Recent IRS 990

AABGU’s 2020 Audited Financial Statement