The program aims to build the next generation of committed Jewish leaders: to inspire and empower a global network of teens and equip them with the skills, confidence, knowledge and Jewish values they need to help create a better world. Each year, hundreds of young people take part in the Diller training program from 32 communities across the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia, South America, Europe and Israel.
Applications for the 2021-2022 Diller Teen Fellows program are now open through June 25, 2021. Click here to apply! Know a teen who would be a good candidate for the program? Nominate them here by June 4, 2021.
ADAPTING DURING THE PANDEMIC
Diller Teen Fellows and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic as well as CDC and local safety protocols. As we continue to navigate the situation, we will update you on whether the Diller Teen Fellows program for 2021-2022 will take place virtually, in-person or as a hybrid of virtual and in-person programming.
For 2020-2021, we transitioned our programming to online with a focus on current events and social justice:
- The Diller Teen Fellows Tikkun Olam Grants launched over the summer, giving each cohort the opportunity to become community changemakers through local grantmaking
- Educational discussion with Nate Looney of Avodah focused on creating inclusive Jewish spaces, racial justice, and learning about the Jews of Color community
- A panel discussion with local Jewish professionals who work in Environmental Justice, with Individuals Living with Disabilities and the LGBTQIA+ community, hosted by Diller Junior Counselors
- Discussion with Andrea Heyman from the ADL to learn about contemporary antisemitism and how the Fellows can address it online, with their peers and at school
- Panel discussion with Jewish Clergy to learn about the diversity of Jewish life in Greater Philadelphia, and the roles of teens in leading the Jewish future — and what it means to be Jewish at this moment in time