Diller Teen Fellows is run by an interconnected team of global professionals united in their passion for connecting teens to one another through leadership, Jewish identity, and tikkun olam.
Community Engagement Manager
As a Community Engagement Manager, Sarah provides ongoing support and mentorship to Diller Teen Fellows Coordinators and their communities, ensuring the successful implementation of the program locally and as part of the global Diller network. She also holds the role of Digital Systems Manager, serving as a connection point between users, platforms, and external support.
Before joining Diller, Sarah worked in the field of teen mental health with at-risk youth at CHEO’s YouthNet in Ottawa. She held a number of positions within the Montreal Jewish community, including her work as the Montreal Diller Teen Fellows Coordinator for five years before joining the International team.
Sarah holds a B.A. in Psychology from Bishop’s University and also studied School and Applied Child Psychology at McGill University.
“I am inspired by the creativity, energy and drive of teenagers. It has the power to change the world.”Sarah Benmergui
Administrative Coordinator, North America
As the Administrative Coordinator based in San Francisco, Vince supports all operations for Diller in North America and for Community Partners across the globe.
Vince’s professional background has been in administrative and operational support for nonprofit organizations. He worked for The Walt Disney Family Museum in Public Programming and as part of the Education team and Academy of Arts University in administrative roles.
He holds a B.A. in United States History from the University of Hawaii West Oahu.
“I love working with the wonderful Diller Teen Fellows team all across the globe.”Vince Bocchieri
Director of Education, North America and International
Micol leads the educational vision, programming, and staff development for the international communities of Diller Teen Fellows.
Micol has worked to elevate Jewish education and leadership for the last two decades. As an executive coach and facilitator, she works with educators, clergy, and Jewish communal professionals to help them increase their impact and maximize their potential.
Prior to joining Diller Teen Fellows, Micol served as the Director of the Teaching Impact Fellowship at Hebrew Union College, where she worked to develop and nurture the next generation of inspiring Jewish leaders. She also served as the Director of the Experiential Jewish Education Network, where she designed professional development experiences and built collaborative educator networks throughout North America. Micol has worked with several additional organizations in the field of Jewish education, including NFTY as the National Director, The Jewish Education Project, and synagogues across the U.S. and in England.
Micol holds an M.A. in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles and a B.A. in Communication from the University of Southern California. She received her coaching certification from the Haub Business School’s Center for Professional Development at Saint Joseph’s University and is a member of the International Coaching Federation.
Director of Education, Israel
As the Israel Director of Education, Itai oversees curricula and education for the Fellowship program in Israel.
Before joining Diller, Itai worked for over 15 years in the field of experiential education. He was a tour guide with organizations such as Young Judea, NFTY, FZY, and Alexander Muss High School in Israel. Previously, Itai worked as a coordinator for Noar Telem, the reform youth movement in Israel, and as a madrich (guide) for a pre-IDF academy in Kibbutz Ma’agan Michael.
Over the past decade, Itai has been deeply involved in leading inclusion and accessibility in the world of pre-IDF academies in Israel. He serves as a board member for Hannaton Educational Center and is the head of the special needs and inclusion committee for Kibbutz Hannaton.
“I love working with one of the most passionate and talented teams I've ever met.”Itai Capsouto
Chief of Staff, Helen Diller Family Foundation Programs
As Chief of Staff, Hallie works closely with the Diller Teen Fellows and Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards teams to help drive the continued growth of the Foundation programs and to support culture and impact.
Previously, Hallie spent more than 22 years at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF), working to engage community members in meaningful Jewish experiences while strengthening the institutions that provide those opportunities. As VP of Community Outreach and Engagement at JUF, she oversaw programs serving expectant parents through high school graduation and beyond. Hallie was the Diller Supervisor for the first ten years of Chicago’s cohort and is the parent of two DTF alumni.
Hallie is a graduate of Brandeis University and was a member of the first M2 Senior Educators Cohort. She is on the board of M2: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education, and on the advisory board of Honeycomb: Jewish Youth Philanthropy Reimagined.
“I am inspired by Diller Teen Fellows because in my years as a supervisor and parent of two Fellows, I have seen the lasting impact the program has on participants and their families.”
Manager, Israel Alumni Network
As manager of the Israel Alumni Network, Tali connects Diller alumni with opportunities to engage in social activism and explore their Jewish identity beyond their Fellowship year.
Tali is a former video editor and producer of investigative television programs, documentaries, and prime-time reality shows on Israeli national channels. She is a former head of the Youth Science Unit at Oranim Academic College and manager of projects in education, young people’s affairs, and employment at the Institute for Applied Policy. Tali is a member of the Board of Directors of the NGO Economic Empowerment for Women. She volunteers as a family advisor and consultant in research, policy, and strategy for the Paamonim organization.
Tali holds an M.A. from the University of Haifa. She is an alumna of the Mandel Center for Leadership in the North and a co-founder of its alumni community.
“My favorite part of the job is connecting our alums to places where they can make an impact on the community in which they live”Tali Cohen Ghermandi
Managing Director, Marketing and Communications, Helen Diller Family Foundation Programs
Reisha leads the development and implementation of all strategies for public-facing communications, marketing, and brand identity for Diller Teen Fellows and Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards.
Reisha brings a broad range of marketing and communication experiences, which span across the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. She comes to Diller from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), where she served as the Senior Director of Digital Engagement, leading ADL’s national digital communications, fighting rising antisemitism, hate, bigotry, and racism globally. Prior to ADL, Reisha held leadership positions in marketing at Wolters Kluwer and UJA-Federation of New York. Before UJA, Reisha worked at Microsoft as part of the division that launched Bing, and spent time working at Google while in graduate school for her MBA.
Reisha holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College.
“Seeing all 700+ Diller Teen Fellows from across the globe come together in Israel, having had a shared year-long experience, is truly magical.”Reisha Goldman
Director, North American Seminars & Global Initiatives
Aaron oversees all North American-based seminars and meetings for Diller Teen Fellows International, and develops new initiatives that connect Fellows globally.
Aaron joined the Diller Teen Fellows team in 2017 and ran the Los Angeles Cohort for three years as their Coordinator. He then joined the Diller International team, working with alumni from across the globe on the Junior Counselor program before taking over North America seminars and global initiatives.
Aaron studied Film Production and Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona. He is also a graduate of the M2 Senior Educators Cohort in experiential education.
“My favorite aspect of working for Diller Teen Fellows is the opportunity to learn from and create relationships with people from around the globe.”Aaron Jacobs
Israel Seminars Manager
Roni works with the operations team to manage Diller seminars in Israel, including Israel Summer Seminar, when Fellows from 16 international communities join their Israeli partner communities in Israel.
Roni previously worked for the Marom NGO for Conservative Judaism, where she managed its network of young adult centers. She also worked closely with the Masorti Foundation’s Jewish communities in Europe and Latin America to encourage young Jewish people to join.
Roni has extensive experience in informal education, specifically working with Jewish communities outside of Israel. In 2011, she embarked as a shlicha to St. Paul, Minnesota, where she worked with various organizations there, including Jewish schools, Hillel, JCC, synagogues, and federations.
Roni has a degree in political science and human resources and is a certified LICBT therapist.
“Diller Teen Fellows provides experiences that empower young individuals to become leaders, change-makers, and compassionate global citizens.”
Manager, International Community Relations and Junior Counselor Advisor
Rebecca provides ongoing support and mentorship to Diller Teen Fellows Coordinators and Junior Counselors, ensuring successful implementation of the program locally and as part of the global Diller network.
Rebecca has volunteered and worked in the Jewish community, both locally and abroad, since she was a teenager. Prior to Diller, she worked at the Union of Jewish Students as a Sabbatical Officer. In this role, she supported Jewish students on university campuses in the UK in combating antisemitism, facilitating Jewish life and culture, and facilitating Holocaust Educational Events. In 2019, she began her Diller journey as the Diller UK Coordinator, a role that inspired her to continue to work within the Diller family.
Rebecca studied English Literature and Theatre at the University of Leeds and is now working on her M.A. in Israel Education at George Washington University in collaboration with the iCenter.
“I enjoy bringing together diverse cultures, perspectives and opinions in a safe and welcoming space.”Rebecca Lewis
Director, Global Events & Seminars
Nitzan oversees the operations and planning of Diller events all over the world. Over the last decade, Nitzan has worked in Israel’s social sector in different management positions. Before that, she lived in the UK, where she worked as a consultant for Machon Kehilot, which focused on developing and supporting pluralistic Israeli communities across Europe. Nitzan also established a boutique chocolate business in the UK with her partner; that business is now based in Israel.
Nitzan has a PhD in business from Henley Business School, University of Reading. She holds a Social Leadership MBA as part of the Mandel program and a B.A. in social work, both from Ben-Gurion University.
“To me, Diller Teen Fellows is a place to do good and make a real change among teens around the world.”Nitzan Linden
Administrative Assistant to the Fellowship Program, Israel
As the Administrative Coordinator of the Fellowship Program, Yael manages communications between the 32 global Diller community Coordinators.
She brings six years of experience in project management and event production for local and international organizations.
Yael also volunteers as a mentor for children in the International Entrepreneurship Education Program.
“I’m proud to be adding value for the younger generation.”Yael Mester
Senior Director, Operations
Noa manages the day-to-day operations of Diller Teen Fellows globally, overseeing finances, systems, logistics, safety, and security.
Noa has been working in the field of Jewish Education since 2007, when she started as a tour guide. For more than a decade, she created meaningful Israel travel experiences for teens and adults from across the world. Noa held educational and logistics positions at organizations, including The Youth Leadership Training Institute of the Jewish Agency (Machon LeMadrichim), and Israel Experience (IE). In her Israeli army service, she served as a tour guide with the Society for the Protection of Nature.
Noa holds an MBA from The College of Management and a B.A. in Informal Education and Israel Studies from Beit Berl College.
“We are all part of something big and meaningful at Diller Teen Fellows. We bring Jewish teens around the world together, creating encounters, encouraging dialogue, and building bridges.”Noa Metuki
Advisor, Israeli Junior Counselors and Coordinators
As the advisor to Israeli Junior Counselors and Coordinators, Tal provides ongoing support and mentorship to Diller Teen Fellows Coordinators and Junior Counselors, ensuring successful implementation of the program locally and as part of the global Diller network.
Before holding this position, Tal was a coordinator for the Diller Teen Fellows Herzliya community. She has worked as an educator across several different youth programs and organizations, building connections among teens and directing delegations.
Tal holds a B.A. in Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy from Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC).
“I'm proud to be a part of an organization that gives its Fellows tools for life and inspires them to make the world a better place.”
Senior Director, Fellowship Program
Hadas oversees the programmatic work of Diller Teen Fellows globally, managing the Education, Community Engagement, and Alumni teams.
Hadas has been a part of the Diller team since 2011, serving in a wide range of roles including: Program Assistant, Israel Program Director, and Fellowship Program Director.
Prior to joining Diller, she was a training consultant at Shatil, an organization for social change in Israel.
Hadas holds a B.A. in Media and Management from The Management College, Tel Aviv, and an M.A. in Sociology and Anthropology-Organizational studies from Tel Aviv University. She is a certified group workshop facilitator for Jewish renewal by Oranim College, and a certified group workshop facilitator by Tafnit-Open University.
“Diller inspires me to always look at the world with multiple perspectives, and to appreciate diversity and the power of community.”Hadas Nir
Community Engagement Manager
As a Community Engagement Manager, Mor provides ongoing support and mentorship to Diller Teen Fellows Coordinators and their communities, ensuring the successful implementation of the program locally and as part of the global Diller network.
Mor worked in educational programming with organizations before joining Diller, including Jusidman Science Center for Youth, a Mental Health Center, and the Ministry of Health. For four years, she also served as the Coordinator for the Diller Ashkelon Cohort.
Mor holds a B.A. in Education and Management from Ben Gurion University, an M.A. in Learning Disabilities, and a certificate in Didactic Diagnostics from Bar Ilan University.
“To me, Diller Teen Fellows is a place where you can dream big, meet people from all over the world, and be a better version of yourself.”Mor Oded
Manager, Israel Events & Seminars
As Manager, Israel Events & Seminars, Moran works to organize and produce Diller experiences for Fellows and Community Partners in Israel. Before joining the Diller Teen Fellows team, Moran worked in online marketing and later with Israel Experience.
Moran holds a B.A. in Business Management and Communication and an M.A. in Business Management.
“I am proud of the incredible impact we at Diller leave on our teens.”Moran Peled
Community Engagement Manager
As a Community Engagement Manager, Shiran provides ongoing support and mentorship to Diller Teen Fellows Coordinators and their communities, ensuring successful implementation of the program locally and as part of the global Diller network.
Shiran started her professional career as a Jewish Day School educator with a focus on pluralistic schools. She first joined the Diller Teen Fellow family as the Chicago Coordinator for three years. She then served as Assistant Director of Young Families at the Jewish United Fund of Greater Metropolitan Chicago, running a program for new and expectant parents, before returning to Diller in her current role.
Shiran has a B.S. from The Ohio State University and an M.A. in Teaching from Brandeis University.
“I am evolving my own understanding of leadership through learning about our communities around the world.”Shiran Posner
Manager, Social Media & Marketing
Julia develops social media content for Diller Teen Fellows and cultivates a growing, engaged digital community.
Before joining Diller, Julia was a Campaign Associate in the Young Leadership Division at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation; she currently serves on its Executive Board.
Julia holds a B.A. in Political Science and Jewish Studies from Tulane University and an M.A. in Jewish Nonprofit Management from Hebrew Union College.
“I feel lucky to contribute to a program that is helping to shape the Jewish future.”Julia Pratt
Community Engagement Manager
As a Community Engagement Manager, Adar provides ongoing support and mentorship to Diller Teen Fellows Coordinators and their communities, ensuring successful implementation of the program locally and as part of the global Diller network.
Before joining the International Staff, Adar served as Diller Coordinator of the Kiryat Gat-Lachish-Shafir Cohort, leading youth groups in several kibbutzim across Israel. Adar also worked in educational tourism, guiding identity journeys for Israeli youth and tours for non-Israeli Jews in Israel.
Adar holds a B.A. in Education and Psychology and an MBA in Jewish Education and Entrepreneurship.
“Diller Teen Fellows provides an opportunity to learn, get to know others, deepen understanding of leadership and Judaism, ask hard questions, and truly create change.”Adar Sahar
Administrative Coordinator, Israel
Sigal provides administrative support to the Diller Teen Fellows International team. She brings a decade of experience, having served as the Golan Heights Winery Administrative Manager and personal assistant to the CEO.
“I am inspired by Diller Teen Fellows because I hope we can make the world become a better place.”Sigal Sharon
Executive Director, Helen Diller Family Foundation Programs
Jen leads the Helen Diller Family Foundation programs, including Diller Teen Fellows and the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards, with a focus on strategic innovation.
Jen has worked in the nonprofit sector and within the Jewish community for over two decades, primarily in the areas of youth leadership, social justice, interfaith relations, and civil rights. Previously, Jen served in senior leadership roles at the Anti‐Defamation League (ADL), where she developed and led a range of community‐based programs and campaigns, including: No Place for Hate, Camp Interfaith (Camp IF), and the Imagine a World Without Hate campaign. With a strong commitment to fostering leadership through Jewish values, Jen worked for many years as a Jewish educator and served on the staff and board of Camp Yavneh.
Jen holds a B.A. from Brandeis University with concentrations in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Sociology, and History.
“Teens are not just leaders of tomorrow—they are changing the world today! Never before have I believed so much in one generation's ability to create a positive impact. I am proud that Diller can provide the tools and support for innovative young changemakers to lead the way.”Jen Smith
Managing Director, Diller Teen Fellows
As Managing Director of Diller Teen Fellows, Adam serves as the senior leader overseeing the Global Diller team and works closely with Diller’s Community Partners.
Adam previously served as the Associate Vice President for Cohort Engagement at Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) of Boston. He was the Founding Director of the Jewish Teen Initiative, Boston (a Jim Joseph Foundation pilot), where he led the initiative through its start-up phase while establishing a replicable model for use in other cities. There, Adam launched a national Peer Leaders Fellowship program, which is currently being adapted around the country. He has spent the last two decades working with thousands of teens and young adults, seeking out new and different ways to meet them where they are, connecting them to Jewish tradition, the community, and each other.
Adam holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and studied Jewish educational theory at both Hebrew College and Brandeis University.
“I am inspired by the connections, impact, and transformative power of Diller Teen Fellows. 700+ teen leaders representing seven different countries, learning and embracing varied perspectives, culminating in an Israel-based global congress is unparalleled, and amazing.”Adam Smith
Associate Director of Education
Amanda provides support to the Community Engagement Managers across 32 global communities in the Diller Teen Fellows network and oversees communication with Diller’s Global Coordinator circle.
Amanda initially served as a Diller Coordinator in Greater Metrowest, NJ for three years, while also working with local universities on the topics of Israel education and advocacy. Prior to joining Diller as a Coordinator, Amanda served as Program Director for Santa Barbara Hillel, where she managed an extensive student leadership board and worked to solidify partnerships across the university and the greater Santa Barbara community. Amanda also served as the Director of Education for the Nevada office of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), where she trained school educators to address issues of antisemitism and bias with their students to support a safe and supportive school environment.
Amanda holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Florida and an M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
“To me, Diller Teen Fellows is an investment in the future of the Jewish people, young people that will ultimately inspire generations to come.”Amanda Solomon
Social Media & Marketing Coordinator, Israel
Dvir manages the media activity of Diller Teen Fellows in Israel. He is a Diller alum from the Haifa Cohort of 2016, and was a Tzama member in 2018.
Dvir completed a year of service in Gan Yavneh through a youth movement. Following that, he served in the military as a commander in courses of the Psychological Unit and trained the soldiers responsible for determining the data of all those enlisting in the army.
Dvir is currently studying for his B.A. in Fashion Design at Shankar College. He is passionate about everything involving design and production.
“I'm happy to see the connections that are formed among the fellows, the privilege of sitting in the same room with people from 7 different countries and hearing their opinions is something you don't get to experience every day”Dvir Tsimbler
Program Manager, Tzama
Ravit oversees the educational programming and community impact projects for the Tzama Cohort of Diller Teen Fellows in Israel.
Before joining the professional team, Ravit was a Tzama Fellow herself. She also worked as the youth coordinator for the Jewish Agency’s Be’er Sheva, B’nei Shimon Partnership.
Ravit holds a B.A. in Education, Philosophy, History, and Political Science. She is currently studying for her M.A. in Public Policy at Sapir College.
“Diller Teen Fellows has been my home since being a Fellow myself. I’ve moved through different positions, connecting with the deepest aspects of my Jewish identity and leadership skills.”Ravit Shimshon
Manager, Israel Events & Seminars
Hila oversees the content, planning, and production of events and seminars in Israel, working closely with vendors and staff members to create and execute educational and meaningful events.
Hila is also a tour guide who leads Reform Jewish groups to Poland and Israel. Before joining Diller, she worked in program management for Young Judaea, Masa, and NFTY. She was also an emissary to Camp Ramah in the United States.
Hila holds a B.A. in Historical and Bible Education from Kibbutzim College.
“My favorite aspect of Diller Teen Fellows is working with so many different Jewish communities.”Hila Yadid
Since 2019, Barak Stockler has worked as a Jewish educator focused on teen empowerment, Israeli education, and tikkun olam. He served as the Director of Youth Engagement at Congregation Kol Ami for three years, where he led the Youth Group, developed a new curriculum for 11th and 12th graders, and ran several trips, including a Tikkun Olam Surfing trip to Puerto Rico.
Barak holds a B.S. in Applied Physics from SUNY Geneseo.
Be’er Sheva, B’nei Shimon Coordinator
Rashida is a 2011 alumna of Diller Teen Fellows and also served as a Junior Counselor and a student intern for Tzama, a follow-up program designed for Israeli Diller alumni who are in their final year of high school.
Rashida is currently studying Political Science, Communication, and Gender Studies at Ben Gurion University.
Beit Shemesh, Mateh Yehuda Coordinator
Shir’s story with Diller began in 2011 when she was a Fellow. After her IDF military service in the Air Force, she returned to Diller as a student intern in the Golan-Melbourne partnership. There, she continued to further her professional experience as an educator, working as the coordinator of a scout troop for religious and secular teens.
Shir also worked in the Ministry of Economy on a project to reduce social gaps by promoting employment among diverse populations. While earning her degree, she managed the Hebrew University branch of the ProWoman program and returned to Diller again as a student intern of Beit Shemesh-Mate Yehuda.
Shir holds a B.A. in Political Science and Anthropology-Sociology from Hebrew University.
Zach has been excited about working in education since his first role at a Jewish summer camp, URJ 6 Points, in 2013. Since then, he has worked in informal, experiential education with Jewish youth and teens, serving as Program Director of URJ 6 Points Sports and as the Youth Director of Temple Israel in West Bloomfield, Michigan.
Zach holds a B.A. in History from North Carolina State and an M.A. in Experiential Education and Jewish Leadership from Brandeis University.
Buenos Aires Coordinator
Mijal is a psychologist who has worked in formal and informal education since 2011, empowering and supporting children and teens through recreation and experiential activities.
Cape Town Coordinator
Eytan has worked within the informal education space since 2018. He is a passionate alum of the Diller Teen Fellows program who continues seeking opportunities to make an impact in his community. Eytan became the head of Bnei Akiva, where he contributed to the Jewish School syllabus. He was also a Youth Director of Shuls and led shabbatonim. Eytan is currently completing his degree in Business Science, Finance and Accounting at University of Cape Town.
Joe has been working in teen education and empowerment in the Chicago area since 2014. After college, Joe worked for Jewish organizations like NFTY, Jewish Student Connection, and multiple local synagogues. After working with an education nonprofit on Chicago’s south side and spending time working at local restaurants, Joe was excited to join the Diller family with the JUF in Chicago.
Joe holds a B.S. in Math Education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Noa is an alumna of the Diller Teen Fellows program in Haifa, where she was a Fellow and later a Junior Counselor.
During her Diller fellowship year, Noa started her Jewish identity journey. She was inspired to do a gap year for the Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto and later served in the Israeli Army. For the past eight years, Noa has continued to be involved in Jewish informal education with Diller, Camp Ramah, and Hanoar Haoved ve Halomed.
Danielle has been working with students and teenagers in the area of social justice since 2019. As an undergraduate, she established a social impact project called From Analogy to Technology, which connected older and younger generations.
Danielle holds a B.A. in Education and Sociology Anthropology from Tel-Hai College and an M.A. in Jewish Peoplehood Studies from Haifa University.
Greater MetroWest New Jersey Coordinator
Before joining Diller as a Coordinator, Max served as the Springboard Fellow at Hillel at Ithaca College, where he was responsible for Jewish Holiday and Shabbat programming, leadership development, Jewish learning, and student engagement. Max is not new to the Diller family. He was also a Diller Teen Fellow and Junior Counselor. Apart from his full-time job, Max also works as a freelance Jewish composer and musician.
Max holds a B.A. in Music Composition and Jewish Studies from Muhlenberg College and an M.A. in Jewish Nonprofit Management from Hebrew Union College.
Before joining Diller, Marom served as the emissary of the Jewish Agency for Israel in Youngstown, Ohio, where he focused on forging meaningful connections to Israel among the Jewish community and beyond.
Marom enjoys bringing the power of personal connections to his Fellows, especially facilitating connections between fellows in Haifa and its partner community, Boston.
Every Monday, Marom produces a concise one-minute video centered around various aspects of Israel. He is currently studying to earn a degree in aerospace engineering.
Dvir served as an officer in the intelligence bridge in the Israeli army (IDF). In 2019, he was a Shalich (emissary) in the Jewish community of Sydney, Australia. While in Sydney, he led the Hineni youth movement as well as other community programs.
In 2021, Dvir worked under the Ministry of Education as an advisor to the minister. He is now a proud leader of the Diller in the city of Herzliya.
Dvir is currently studying for his law degree at Tel Aviv University.
Hof Hasharon Coordinator
For almost a decade, Nir has worked with teenagers in the Negev and has accompanied volunteers in various educational settings.
Most recently, Nir coordinated and led efforts teaching Hebrew at schools in Bedouin society. He currently lives in Tel Aviv and is studying for a B.A. in Education and History at Beit Berl College.
Rebecca has a great deal of experience with informal Jewish education. She worked with B’nei Akiva South Africa, heading up the Johannesburg division and working directly with teens ages 13-17. As a community coordinator with Diller, Rebecca has managed programs on Jewish identity, mental health, Israel education, volunteering, and community, and has overseen the programming for weekend retreats (shabbatonim) and summer camps.
Rebecca holds an undergraduate degree in Organizational Psychology and English from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and is now studying organizational psychology in a post-graduate program.
Shaked has worked and volunteered in Jewish youth education in several ways: leading youth groups at the EKC summer camp, leading different Partnership2Gether programs, and coaching youth basketball teams. Now, as a Diller Teen Fellows Coordinator, she continues her Diller journey that began a decade ago! Shaked holds a B.A. in Business Management.
Kiryat Gat, Lachish, and Shafir Coordinator
Since 2018, Omri has worked within the Jewish community in the nonprofit sector, primarily in delegations of the Jewish Agency to the USA and Australia. He was a counselor at Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, where he was also a table tennis coach! Omri previously worked for the Israel Experience, where he led workshops, managed discussions about Jewish and Israeli identities, and managed operations. He is committed to working within the Jewish community and finds a lot of meaning in the connection between Jews all over the world.
Omri attended Ben Gurion University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Political Science, and a teaching certificate in Israeli Civil Studies.
Los Angeles Coordinator
Arya grew up as an active member of USY and Camp Ramah in California, as well as an Eagle Scout. Upon graduating college, he made aliyah and moved to Tel Aviv, Israel. After finishing his IDF army service in the 932nd Infantry Battalion of the Nachal Brigade, Arya worked across several industries, including education, tourism, tech, and hospitality, and was the Director of Admissions for long-term programs in the International Department at BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change.
After eight years living in Tel Aviv, Arya moved back to Los Angeles where he has been working at the Westside JCC, 30 Years After, and Diller Teen Fellows.
Arya holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Mate' Asher Coordinator
Ashley recently graduated from McGill University, where she studied History and Political Science. She has previously worked as an Intern for Ashinaga Uganda where she taught World History, English, and SAT Prep. Ashley also served as the Supervisor of Specialists at Sunrise Day Camp, a free-of-charge day camp for children with cancer and their siblings.
Naomi has several years of experience in the education sector for Jewish nonprofits, developing and supervising educational programming and seminars. She has supported the education and growth of both adolescents and adult staff.
Naomi has also worked for the federal government of Canada as a Junior Policy Analyst, assisting the Assistant Deputy Minister’s office in furthering the diversity and inclusion department. Passionate about equitable education, she has worked as a tutor for an equitable education startup in Montreal and volunteers for Kids Help Phone as a Crisis Responder.
Naomi holds a joint specialization of Anthropology and Sociology and Co-Op certificate from Concordia University in Montreal.
Darren has worked within the Jewish education space since 2011 with organizations such as American University’s Hillel, the JDC, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, and now the Kaiserman JCC. He was also a Diller Teen Fellow himself. Darren is strongly committed to guiding Jewish teens to see their agency and ability to impact the communities and causes they care about through critical pedagogies and informal education.
Darren holds a B.A. in International Relations from American University, an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University in International Educational Development, and is currently pursuing a PhD in International and Comparative Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Rebecca began her professional career as the Associate Regional Director of Jewish Enrichment for Ohio Northern Region BBYO. There, she supported teens in planning events and programs activating tikkun olam and Jewish engagement. While at Carnegie Mellon University, she worked as a Communication Support Consultant, aiding students across the university with their written and oral presentation skills. During the summer of 2022, Rebecca organized and facilitated Counselor-in-Training and Avodah (Work) programs at URJ 6 Points West in Southern California, teaching leadership and counseling skills to incoming 11th and 12th graders.
Rebecca holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Brandeis University and an M.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University. Her research focused on issues of gender and sexuality in religious and alternative performance spaces.
Rishon LeZion Coordinator
Denny has worked with Diller Teen Fellows as the Rishon Lezion Coordinator for five years. She first became involved with informal education for youth on the kibbutz where she grew up. Since then, Denny worked as a coordinator for a Gap Year program that invites Jewish youth to Israel between high school and college. She also worked as an event producer and community manager for a group of restaurants in Tel Aviv.
Denny studied event design and production at Concept School of Design in Tel Aviv. She also studied to be a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), which examines human thought processes, language, and behavior.
San Francisco Coordinator
Since 2005, Tzlil has been attending the Szarvas Jewish summer camp in Hungary, first as a camper, then as a counselor and leader of the Israeli and international groups. Since 2021, she has been the Diller Shoham Coordinator, working in partnership with the Cape Town Cohort.
Tzlil is currently completing a B.A. in Management and Education at the Open University.
Tel Aviv Coordinator
Itay has been involved with Diller Teen Fellows for many years, first as a Fellow in the Tel Aviv cohort, and then in Tzama, the program’s national task force in Israel.
Itay spent a year abroad in the United States on behalf of the Jewish Agency in Atlanta, Georgia.
He served in the Israeli army as a combat commander in the 50th Battalion of the Nahal Brigade. Over the last year, Itay worked as a coordinator for a gap year program run by BINA, the Jewish Movement of Social Change.
Upper Galilee Coordinator
Dor is an experienced educator who has worked closely with organizations, including Camp Ramah in Nyack, New York, for five summers. At Ramah Nyack, he led the mishlachat, supervising and mentoring 60 Israeli counselors annually. Dor previously worked as a Youth Section Manager in Metula, Youth Coordinator in the city of Kiryat Shmona, and Counselor at Alexander Muss High School before joining Diller Teen Fellows.
Dor holds a B.A. in Special Education and Social Education from Tel-Hai College and an M.A. in American Jewish Studies from the University of Haifa.
United Kingdom Coordinator
Emily has extensive experience in informal Jewish education. She lived in San Diego for 14 years, where she was involved in Jewish life, and worked as a youth director at United Synagogue Youth for three years. Emily also participated in a Gap Year programme in Israel, and later served as its Programme Coordinator. These experiences helped develop her passion for teen leadership and informal education.
Emily is also committed to tikkun olam through volunteer work and fundraising. She led fundraising efforts as the Donor and Alumni Relations Captain for a student-run philanthropy.
Emily holds a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University in Human Development & Family Studies and Rehabilitation & Human Services.
Reut has volunteered in various youth movements and organizations over the past six years. She completed a gap year in Jerusalem before serving in the army, and for the past two years, worked at Intel in Kiryat Gat. She was previously a Junior Counselor advisor at Diller and advanced to become a coordinator. She is currently studying to become a social worker.