Diller Teen Fellows


20 Teens from Across Los Angeles

15 Months of Leadership Training

3 Weeks in Israel

1 Program Offers it all


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THE LOS ANGELES DILLER TEEN FELLOWSHIP is an international leadership program for Jewish Teens entering 10th and 11th grades. Now operating in 18 other communitites in the US, Canada and Israel, the goal of the fellowship program is to develop future generations of active, effective leaders with a strong Jewish identity, commitment to the Jewish people, respect for pluralism, love of Israel, and a responsibility to the betterment of the world. Over the course of 15-months, our fellows,  along with our counterpart Diller Teen Fellows in Tel Aviv, explore the four pillars of our program:

Leadership, Jewish Identity, Tikkun Olam Community Service, Israel


Program Overview: 

Over the course of 15 months, beginning in September 2014, diverse fellows come together from across the Greater LA area to expand their leadership skills, practice tikkun olam (repairing the world), explore their Jewish identity, and connect to Israel. Elements of the program include:


1.  Workshops and Retreats: 12 Sunday workshops and 4 weekend retreats/overnights

2. North American Seminar: a 10-day visit from the Tel Aviv Fellows in the spring of 2015

3. Israel Summer Seminar: Three weeks of traveling, volunteering, and exploring Israel with the Tel Aviv Fellows, and the other 18 Diller groups (Mid-July through Early August 2015).

4. Tikkun Olam Project: Creating and implementing a personal, hands-on community service project


Who Should apply:

Applications are accepted from students currently in 9th or 10th grade, as the program is offered to 10th & 11th grade students only. We look for applicants who demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities, have a dedication to community service, an interest in Jewish learning, and would like to strengthen their ties with Israel. 


Apply Here:

Applications for the 2014-15 Cohort are now CLOSED.

Admission to the program is based on an applicant's suitability for the program, which is determined through the application and an admissions interview.  


Each outstanding fellow receives a generous subsidy of over $6,000 toward their participation. Cost to participants is $3600. Limited scholarships are available.

All applicants must:

1. fill out 2 references as part of the application (one reference should be from a teacher/ someone from an academic setting).

2.Attend one of 3 group interview dates: May 18, June 1, or June 8. Applicants will indicate their interview preference at the end of the application.

Nominate An Outstanding Teen:

If you wish to nominate an outstanding teen currently in 9th or 10th Grade, Click HERE!


  Learn More:

  Tentative 2014-15 Calendar for Cohort 8


   Read all about what our fellows are up to: 

  Click here to check out our blog or

   visit our Facebook Page!




For more information: 

please contact Sami Stein Avner diller@westsidejcc.org or 323.556.5207



 "Diller has taught me to be open-minded and has helped me connect with my own Jewish identity.”  ~2012 Diller Fellow

"… it hit me what Diller is all about: Exploring other people's point of views while being confident in your own, and accepting people for who they are to build a strong Jewish community" ~ 2013 fellow

 “Being a Diller Teen Fellow gave me the confidence to pursue leadership in college…" ~2009 Fellow

“For both of my children, Diller has given each of them some new lifelong friendships they would never have had the opportunity to forge both here and in Israel." ~2012 Diller Parent

“The Diller program definitely expanded the scope of my son's awareness of the Jewish community at large. It made him aware of how he could work within the community both in the US and in Israel. This was an experience that he would not have had been exposed to in any other forum available to him. “ ~2011 Diller parent


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The Diller Teen Fellows program is funded by the Helen Diller Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund of San Francisco, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and operated by the Westside Jewish Community Center