Los Angeles Diller Teen Fellows

Leading the way to a brighter future

 

Be inspired and inspire others to repair the world! The Diller Teen Fellows is a pluralistic, international, youth leadership fellowship currently active in 32 communities in North America, Israel, Australia, England, Argentina and South Africa. Twenty teens from the greater Los Angeles area are selected yearly based on their leadership aptitude, commitment to Jewish learning, interest in exploring their connection to Israel, and passion for serving their community. Fellows participate in monthly Sunday workshops, three weekend retreats,  two single night overnights, a 10-day peer hosting of a Diller Teen Fellow from our sister community, Tel Aviv, and a three-week trip to Israel in the summer. The Fellowship is open to high school sophomores and juniors. Applications (by current freshmen and sophomores) are accepted in the spring. Teens from all Jewish backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The Fellowship year runs from September to December of the following year. The cohort is announced in June each year. Applications are due by April 16th, 2017. Reference forms may be accessed here.

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What is the Fellowship Program?

In order to create well-rounded future Jewish leaders, Diller staff and fellows build programming that focuses on four major themes:

  • Leadership
  • Jewish Identity
  • Tikun Olam (repairing the world)
  • Israel

Programming around these themes includes group discussions, workshops, conversations with community leaders, group work on projects, experiential service learning, international partnerships, Shabbat experiences, and more.

 

 

What is the time commitment?

Fellows commit to:

  • 12 Sunday afternoon workshops - about four hours each
  • Commitment to a community service project
  • Three weekend retreats
  • Three-week Israel Seminar: an opportunity to both explore Israel, connect with Tel Aviv, and meet teens from all over the world
  • Ten days of hosting Israeli teens  

 

Is the JCC Diller Teen Fellows Program for me?

Diller Fellows come from different backgrounds but are joined together by the desire to:

  • Make friendships that will last a lifetime
  • Gain significant leadership skills
  • Question, search and expand insights into Jewish identity and unity
  • Experience a cultural exchange with Israeli teens during a three-week Israel Seminar and 10-day Los Angeles Mifgash(encounter)
  • Create and lead others in service learning projects
  • Learn and grow during a transformative experience

If you share these desires then the Fellowship may be for you!

 

 What is the Israel part like?

Diller Teen Fellows are challenged to develop and refine their relationship to Israel through many parts of the programming, included but not limited to experiential education, meaningful programming with the Tel Aviv Diller Teen Fellows, a three-week Israel trip, and home hospitality with Tel Aviv counterparts in Los Angeles.

The Israel trip is unique in that it affords Fellows an opportunity to tour Israel while also exploring current events. Fellows spend a full week in Israel living with their Israeli peers and doing meaningful community service in the Haifa community. Fellows also spend time meeting and getting to know other Diller Fellows from 32 communities around the world including the U.S., Canada, South Africa, England, Argentina, Australia and Israel. 

 

 

How do I apply?

Candidates must submit an application online along with two recommendations (from a teacher, mentor, peer, no reference letters from family members will be accepted) to be considered for a group experience session. The application period runs from March 16, 2017-April 16,2017.

Group experience interviews and personal interviews will take place in May. Final decisions will be announced June 1.

 

 Applicants to the program must:

  • Demonstrate leadership skills
  • Be dedicated to community service
  • Be interested in exploring their Jewish identity
  • Be interested in exploring their relationship to Israel
  • Commit to full participation in workshops, retreats, group projects, and the Los Angeles Mifgash(encounter) and Israel Seminar
  • Be in 10th or 11th grade in September of the cohort year
  • Be a Jewish teen residing in the Greater Los Angeles Area area 

 

Fee for participation is $3800 which covers all participation including the Israel portion. Generous financial aid is available. Each fellow is generously subsidized by the Helen Diller Family Foundation and the Federation of Greater Los Angeles.


The Diller Teen Fellows family is funded by the Helen Diller Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the San Francisco Federation’s Jewish Community Endowment Fund.

Testimonials

Diller has not only given me the opportunity to make amazing friends, but it has also made me more confident in giving my opinions and knowing they are valued.—Zoe K., Cohort 10

Through my two years in the Diller Teen Fellows program, I learned more about myself, my Jewish identity while making lifelong friends. Diller Teen Fellows is a special program that helps you discover your place as a Jewish leader.—Hanah G., Cohort 8

When I came back from Israel, my friends said that I seemed to have matured three years in those three weeks. I was prepared to talk about thoughts and ideas in a meaningful and respectful way, learned skills that helped me feel more comfortable and confident in being myself, and made amazing friends—Micah S., Cohort 8

Every day in Diller is a process: Learn, experience, reflect and apply. I've learned new skills on how to work with others as well as myself.—Jacob A., Cohort 10

I am so thankful that I was able to participate in this program not only because I learned about others' interpretations of my religion, but because I learned more about my own beliefs.—Miriam W., Cohort 9

Caitlin began the program unsure of her place within the Jewish community but under the support and guidance of the Diller program, Caitlin is now recognized as a leader within the Jewish teen community and committed to a lifetime of service to Israel.—Judy Cohen, parent Cohort 9

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Contact Manda Graizel by email or call 323.556.5207 for more information.