PREPARING THE NEXT GENERATION OF JEWISH LEADERS
Diller Teen Fellows is an immersive leadership program inviting a select group of Jewish 10th and 11th graders from the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia and Israel to step up, lead their communities, and repair the world.
Each year, 520 teens – from 13 North American/South African/Australian and 13 Israeli communities– spend 15 months engrossed in the Diller Teen Fellows program. Our training features a commitment to hands-on tikkun olam, building a connection to the Jewish people and Israel, and deepening Jewish identity.
The depth of the program, the North American, South African, Australian and Israeli engagement, together with a focus on experiential learning, creates an enduring impact on participants and their families, building leaders with the power to change the world.
Learning to repair the world
Participants explore and expand their understanding of who they are, who they want to be, and how they want to make a mark on the world. We do this through monthly workshops, Shabbatonim (weekend retreats), a ten-day visit by the Israeli teens to North America/South Africa/Australia and a summer experience that brings us all together in Israel.
Actively affecting change: 3,000 strong
Since our inception, over three-thousand North American, South African, Australian and Israeli teens have participated in and completed the Diller Teen Fellows program. Today alumni comprise an international network of doers and leaders actively engaged in their communities to create a vibrant Jewish future.
We explore the concept of Jewish Peoplehood—the idea of a collective Jewish experience, flourishing now and in the future— through multiple lenses. It is a topic of particular focus during the Jewish Communities Mifgash Seminar and the Israel Summer Seminar, including the Diller Teen Fellows International Congress.
Building Partnerships That Transcend Borders
Diller Teen Fellows welcomes teens from 13 community partnerships, each including a North American/South African/Australian and Israeli community. Despite the distances separating them, participants share a common history as well as hopes, concerns, passions, and commitments. We work closely to ensure participants are collaborating, learning, and growing. At the same time, they build friendships destined to last a lifetime.
Diller Teen Fellows embraces pluralism in the broadest sense. Participants reflect the diversity of the Jewish communities in which they live. Throughout the program, participants are introduced to a wide range of different Jewish practices, beliefs, values, and perspectives and are encouraged to develop an appreciation for the spectrum of Jewish expression.