Senior Director, International Program
Liat has served on the Diller Teen Fellows staff since the program’s inception and developed its unique educational model. Liat served as the Co-Director of the program from 2008- 2013 and as the Upper Galilee Diller Coordinator and lay leader from 1998 to 2008.
Liat has a rich background in education. She served as the Director of the Golan Heights Regional Council Informal Education Department (during which she was awarded both a National Excellence Award by the Ministry of Education and a Personal County Excellence Award for leading the department). She was the City Youth Department Director in the Community Centers of Safed and the Children & Youth Department Director in the Metulla Community Center (where she was awarded the County Excellence Award).
Liat co-founded the Youth Department Directors’ Committee in Israel and helped initiate the "Youth Department Administration Bill" legislation in the Regional Municipalities, which was approved in 2011.
Liat holds an MA in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University and a BA in Educational Systems Development from the University of Haifa/Tel-Hai College. Liat served four and a half years as a commander and instructor at the IDF officer's training school. She is married to Meir, and the mother of two lovely girls: Doron and Tomer.
Director, Diller Teen Initiatives
Adam has been with Diller Teen Initiatives since 2011.
Adam previously served as Camp Tawonga’s executive director from 2008-2011 and as Berkeley Hillel’s executive director from 2000-2008. Additionally, Adam has held a variety of roles in the Jewish community, including work with the Council of Jewish Federations in New York, the Jewish Agency in Israel, and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Bulgaria.
Adam has served as a coach & mentor for young professionals through a variety of formal and informal programs.
Oren J. Massey
Director of Education
Oren Massey was recently hired for the position of the Diller Teen Fellows Education Director. He is an innovative and experienced Jewish educational leader with a diverse skill set and an outstanding ability to connect with people. Born in San Francisco, raised in Cleveland, he spent his formative years in Israel after his family made aliyah when he was 12. Oren is married to Deb Sagan Massey, a Bay Area native, and they have two children, Zev (10) and Ari (7). They live in the East Bay of San Francisco where they are constructing a multi-generational cohousing project for their family.
Oren brings a wide range of both formal and informal teaching experiences including teaching at the Contra Costa and Agnon Hebrew Day Schools, as well as Congregation Shaarey Tikvah, JCC Camp Wise and the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland. He was an Israeli tour guide for Diaspora and Israeli youth and families and previously served as the National Diller Teen Fellows Program Director. More recently, Oren served as the Executive Director of the Center for Jewish Living and Learning at the East Bay Federation. For the past three years he has held the position of Executive Director of Edah, an innovative Hebrew experiential learning program in Berkeley.
Oren’s education and training include a Tour Guide license and a BA in the Land of Israel Studies from Bar Ilan University. In 2000, Oren moved back to the United States and received his Masters in Non-profit Management at Case Western Reserve University and a Masters in Jewish Education at the Siegal College.
Program Manager, Israel
Hadas has managed many aspects of Diller Teen Fellows content and administrative work in Israel and internationally since 2011.
Prior to this, Hadas served in a variety of educational and administrative roles. Hadas’ work has included serving as Training Consultant for Shatil, and leading and facilitating leadership programming encouraging women’s engagement in local politics and public administration. Hadas has a long track record as an instructor and a counselor, working with children, teens and adults. Additionally, she served as an educational program coordinator in the B’nei Hamoshavim youth movement and as a tour guide for the Beit Yigal Alon Museum.
Hadas is a certified Group Workshop Facilitator. She holds an MA in Sociology and Anthropology with a concentration in Organizational Studies from Tel Aviv University and a BA in Communication and Management from the Management College in Tel Aviv. Hadas also has a certificate in Jewish Renewal programming from the Oranim and Hagim Center.
As a lay leader, Hadas leads her community’s Education Committee, overseeing cultural and educational activity. In the IDF Hadas served as an instructor in the Combat Engineering military school. Hadas is married to Amit, and is the mother of Yuval, Eyal and Shiri.
Noa's background in education begins during her military service as a tour guide. In 2007, Noa started working for the "Havaya Haisraelit" (The Israel Experience), and her connection to the Diaspora Jewry and Jewish education began while also working as a coordinator for the training of Youth Leaders broad for the Jewish Agency. Noa has led youth groups from abroad and trained the tour guides. She has also managed the UK desk in the English Speaking Countries Department at Israel Experience for 4 years. Noa was responsible for and coordinate with the Diller Teen Fellows program and the summer events of the Israel Summer Seminar in 2015. Noa holds an MA in Business Administration and Management Business Psychology and a BA in Informal Education and Israel Studies, within the framework of the Education Ministry's honors program where she graduated with honors. She is also a certified tour guide and holds a teaching certificate.
Leah is a Coordinator Mentor for Diller Teen Fellows International, focusing her role on the on-boarding and training of new Diller Coordinators around the globe. Prior to her role in the International staff, Leah worked as the Diller Teen Fellows Coordinator at the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest, NJ for 3 years. As part of her job at Federation she was also the Peoplehood Project Coordinator and the Masa Israel Representative.
Leah has held a variety of educational positions and has a rich background in Jewish experiential education and social work. She was the Camp Coordinator at Kefiada, an English-speaking summer camp in Israel for 3 years, a Hebrew School Teacher and a Youth Group Director for Young Judaea. Leah also held different positions as a social worker in variety of organizations including a home for developmentally disabled adults and a nursing home.
Leah participated in Young Judaea-Shalem Gap Year Program in Israel, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Jewish Studies and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. Additionally, Leah completed the Experiential Jewish Education Certificate Program from Yeshiva University. Leah loves to learn so she also holds certifications as a Doula, a trained mitzvah clown, a scuba-diver, a radio host and she learns American Sign Language.
Having recently moved to Philadelphia, Leah spends a lot of her free time exploring the city's art, culture and culinary scene. Leah loves to travel, paint, and play the guitar.
Keren is a Coordinator Mentor for Diller Teen Fellows International, focusing her role on the Self-Management and Leadership Platforms within the Diller framework. Prior to her role in the International staff, Keren worked as the Diller Teen Fellows Coordinator of Rishon Le Zion for 4 years.
Keren has held a variety of educational positions and has a rich background in Jewish experiential education. Keren served as a Gap Year Shlicha (emissary) to the Greater MetroWest, NJ Community, a Coordinator of the "Young Diplomats" Program at the Youth Department of Rishon LeZion, a counselor for the Neshama Program of the Solomon Schechter High School in NJ and a Student Coordinator for the Department of Social Involvement at Hebrew University.
Keren holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies from the Hebrew University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Management from Tel Aviv University. Keren is also a Jewish Peoplehood Instructor certified by the International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies in Beit Hatfutsot and has studied Group Facilitation at the Open University. During her IDF army service, Keren was an Operations and Training Officer in the Combat Engineering Military School.
Keren grew up in Rishon LeZion and has been living in Tel Aviv for the last few years.
Rivka is a Coordinator Mentor for Diller Teen Fellows International, focusing her role on PR and Interns Network within the Diller program. Prior to her role in the International staff, Rivka worked as the Diller Teen Fellows Coordinator of Yerucham for 3 years.
Rivka held a variety of educational positions and has a rich background in experiential education. Rivka served as a Commander in the IDF "Nativ course" for Jewish-Zionist Identity for soldiers who made Aliya to Israel. She also served as a Shlicha to Camp Rama in the Berkshires and as a Youth Director of the "Perach-Tutoring Project" in Yerucham.
Rivka holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Business Management from Ben Gurion University and is currently studying for her M.A in Managing Non-Profit Organizations in the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Rivka grew up in Shafir and today she lives in Jerusalem.
Maya Wolk was the Coordinator for the Haifa Diller Teen Fellows from 2008 (when the program first opened in the area) until 2012. She worked with the first three cohorts of the Boston-Haifa Partnership continuing her work as a coordinator for Teens for Tzedek, the partnership's former teen leadership program.
Maya has been passionate about Jewish Education since the first youth delegation she participated in when she was 15 years old. She continued to lead that same delegation to the Ukraine for 15 years, and has since worked for many organizations and programs: Shlicha to Camp Tevya near Boston, Educational Coordinator of the Netanya-Cincinnati Partnership, Zionist Seminars Shlicha to small Jewish communities in Idaho and Montana, and more.
For the past three years Maya has worked as the Educational Consultant for the Tel Aviv-Los Angeles School Twinning Program, as well as the Director of Shlichim for the Israel Scouts Tzabar Olami. She is also Director of the Israeli delegation to JDC Lauder Camp Szarvas, an International Jewish summer camp in Hungary.
Maya is very excited to be back home with the Diller Teen Fellows as a Coordinator Mentor.
Follow-Up Programs Coordinator, Israel
Shani served as the Upper Galilee Diller Coordinator since 2011 and is a Diller alum of the 2004 UG cohort. Shani is a student of Education at the Oranim Academic College. In 2013, Shani took part in “Mimizrach Tzafona”, a social exchange program between young Jewish adults from Israeli periphery, Budapest and NYU graduate students, with Mizrach Shemesh and the New York Federation.
Shani served as a platoon commander in the IDF Education Corps from 2007 to 2010. She commanded the “Nativ” course for non-Jewish soldiers and immigrant soldiers wanting to learn more about Judaism and Zionism, with an option for Jewish conversion. Prior to her army service, Shani did a Shanat Sheyrut at the Kannot boarding school, working with disadvantage youth. Shani is from Kibbutz Manara and currently resides in Tel Aviv.
North American Junior Counselor Coordinator
Chris Herman has worked in the field of experiential Jewish education and teen engagement for the past 8 years. He currently serves as the Pittsburgh Diller Teen Fellows Coordinator and has recently taken on the role of National Junior Counselor Coordinator in North America. Chris has his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University, a Master’s degree from Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Jewish Professional Studies and a certificate in Experiential Jewish Education from Yeshiva University.
Diller Network Coordinator
Elana White is the Network Coordinator for Diller Teen Fellows, though this is not her first experience with Diller Teen Fellows. Elana is an alumna of San Francisco’s 2008 cohort, and has joined us with all the leadership, excitement, and passion of a Diller in order to continue to connect the growing, global community of the Diller Network.
Elana has experience both volunteering and leading volunteers in community building efforts through her work with Santa Cruz Hillel. She has led participants as an engaging Taglit-Birthright staff member. After graduating with a BS in Cognitive Science in 2013, Elana returned to Israel where she served as the External Relations and Development Intern at the Peres Center for Peace while participating in Bina’s Tikkun Olam b’Tel Aviv program. She has worked as an Executive Assistant, Product Specialist, Sales Development Representative, and Account Executive since then.
Elana looks forward to another chapter of meaningful experiences within the Diller community, as she continues to carry her Diller experience “in [her] back pocket.”
Alumni Engagement Coordinator
Uriel was the Ashkelon - Baltimore partnership Coordinator for Ashkelon from 2011-2014 and previously he served as a teacher for the psychometric tests (University entrance exams) in the “Lachman” institute.Uriel was a TA in high school in Ashkelon and helped students with learning difficulties prepare for final exams; math, Hebrew, science and English. After the army, Uriel went to Hamilton, ON, Canada for a year on Shlichut as a representative of the Bnei Akiva youth movement. During this year Uriel taught about Judaism and Israel in the Jewish community of Hamilton where he also initiated some programs in the public high school (called HECC- Hebrew culture club), in the McMaster University (called ROOTS), and opened a new branch of Bnei Akiva in Hamilton. In the armyUriel was a tank commander for three years. Uriel is currently studying medicine at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
Program Assistant, North America
Dona was born in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, and has been living in San Francisco since 2005. She now lives with her husband, Jordan Hopstone, whom she met at San Francisco Hillel! She has been an active member of the San Francisco Jewish Community since her college years 10 years ago.
As a student of Communication Studies, and Koret Intern of San Francisco Hillel, Dona became involved in the Jewish community for the first time. Her passion became engaging hundreds of students in meaningful relationships, programming, and education. Her success took shape as she became the Program and Engagement Coordinator at San Francisco Hillel, where she continues to serve on the Board of Directors. After years at San Francisco Hillel, Dona dove into Early Childhood Education, and soon became Director of Administration at Gan Noe Preschool.
Dona is our Program Assistant in North America at Diller Teen Fellows and she is thrilled to serve her community through dynamic, impactful, experiential, and empowering work.
Program Assistant, Israel
Mai Atias lives on Kibbutz Hagoshrim in the Upper Galilee, and received her BA in Economics & Human Resources from Tel-Hai College. During her studies, Mai took part in a major project at the Kiryat Shmona Center for Employment, building a database of employers in order to promote and improve employment in the northern region of Israel.
After completing her studies, Mai was the HR Manager of a large food chain company, and took part in opening the company's northern branch while she recruited and supervised 150 employees, and oversaw finances amond other administrative tasks.
Mai is thrilled to join an educational program and to take part in the work we do!
Social Media Intern
Limor is the Social Media Intern for Diller Teen Fellows, and a past participant of the Diller Teen Fellows program. Limor was a Fellow of the Upper Galilee in 2008 and then was a Tzama member in 2010. In 2011 Limor was a Shinshin in the Haifa cohort. That year, Limor took a gap year for community service in a youth village for youth at-risk. On her army service she was an IDF spokesperson for Golani brigade. Since 2014 she has been a student for Law and Political Science at Tel Aviv University, along with managing PR and social media for Diller.
Dr. Shlomi Ravid
Dr. Shlomi Ravid has been a pioneer in developing Peoplehood education. In his 30 years of involvement in Jewish global affairs he was the founding director of the Israel Center of San Francisco, the founding director of the International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies at Beth Hatefutsoth, and the founding director of the Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education. In 1997, while in San Francisco, he developed, together with the Helen Diller Family Foundation, the Diller Teen Fellows program.
Shlomi initiated and edited publications such as the Peoplehood Papers and Peoplehood Now as well as the educational kit – Israel: the Vision and Venture of the Jewish People. He has published over two dozen articles and studies on Jewish Peoplehood and recently led the creation of the Peoplehood Education Toolkit (www.jpeoplehood.org).
Shlomi is a member of Kibbutz Glil-Yam where he was born. He is married to Linda who is originally from San Francisco, and has four children. Shlomi received his PhD in Philosophy from Tel Aviv University and has focused his professional work on education, community building, and Jewish Peoplehood.