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Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston

JCC Diller Teen Fellows

Be inspired and inspire others to repair the world! The Diller Teen Fellows is a 15-month pluralistic, international, youth leadership fellowship currently active in 26 communities in North America, Israel, Australia and South Africa. Twenty Boston area teens - the JCC Diller Teen Fellows - 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, a 10-day peer hosting of a Haifa Diller Teen Fellow in Boston, 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 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 June 1, 2016

JCC Diller Teen Fellows brochure
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Do you know an outstanding Jewish teen? Nominate teens to apply for the Diller Teen Fellowship here.

2016-2017 JCC Boston Diller Teen Fellowship application

2016-2017 JCC Boston Diller Teen Fellowship application (printable version)


Diller Miami/Yerucham Community Week (YouTube 2016)

JCC Diller Teen Fellows talk about the Fellowship experience (YouTube/2015)

JCC Diller Teen Fellows talk about the Fellowship experience (YouTube/2012)

Teens tell what surprised them visiting Israel, Boston (The Jewish Advocate, May 4, 2012)

Read about the JCC Diller Teen Fellows in Israel: Boston Youth Help Restore Carmel Forest

My Israel Moment - A Diller teen writes about her experience in Israel (August 2013)

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 (repaing 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
  • - Two overnight experiences
  • - Three-week Israel Seminar: an opportunity to both explore Israel and do meaningful community service in Haifa,  Boston’s sister city
  • - Ten days of hosting Israeli teens  
  • - Sample schedule for the year

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 Boston 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?

JCC Diller Teen Fellows are challenged to develop and refine their relationship to Israel through many parts of the programming, included but not limited to eexperiential education, friendship with Haifa Diller Teen Fellows, a three-week Israel trip, and home hospitality with Haifa counterparts in Boston.

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 26 communities around the world including the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia and Israel.

How do I apply?

Candidates must submit an application online along with two recommendations (one from a teacher/mentor, and one from a peer) to be considered for a group experience session. The application period runs from May 2 - June 1, 2016.

Personal interviews and group experiences for selected candidates will take place in June. Final decisions will be announced in late June.

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 Boston 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 Boston 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 Boston-Haifa Steering Committee of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

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.

For further information, please contact teens@jccgb.org or 617-558-6512.

Of Interest

Diller Teen Fellows national website
JCC Maccabi Camp Kingswood
JCC Maccabi Experience/Games
Social Action/Social Justice