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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, national, youth leadership fellowship currently available in 20 North America and Israel communities. 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-peer exchange hosting the Haifa Diller Teen Fellows in Boston, and a three-week trip to Israel in the summer. Applications are accepted in the spring. Fellows must be high school sophomores or juniors. 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. The application deadline is June 2, 2014 .

JCC Diller Teen Fellows 2014/2015 application form

JCC Diller Teen Fellows 2014/2015 reference form
(required as part of application)

Diller 2014  information sessions:
Sunday, May 18 (6-8pm)
Leventhal-Sidman JCC
Information sessions registration

JCC Boston Diller Teen Fellows 2014/2015 nomination form
JCC Diller Teen Fellows brochure
JCC Diller Teen Fellows blog
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JCC Diller Teen Fellows Talk About the Fellowship Experience (YouTube)

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:

  • Jewish Identity
  • Challenges of Leadership
  • Community Service
  • Relationship with Israel

Programming around these themes includes group discussions, workshops, text study, connections with community leaders, group work on projects, experiential service learning, encounters with Israeli peers in Boston and in Israel, Shabbat experiences, and more. 

What is the time commitment?

Fellows commit to:

  • - Eleven Sunday afternoon workshops - about four hours each
  • - Community service project to be run in the 2013-2014 academic year
  • - 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  

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.
  • - Question, search and gain 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 that looks amazing on your college resume.

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 electronic correspondence and friendship with Haifa Diller Teen Fellows, a three-week Israel trip, and Mifgash (encounter) and home hospitality with Haifa counterparts Boston.

The Israel trip is unique in that it affords Fellows an opportunity to both tour Israel and spend time discovering the land, and also have a more intimate experience of the land. Fellows spend their third week in Israel living with their Israeli peers and doing meaningful community service in the Haifa community. Past Fellows have created and run programs for disabled youth at the Ofakim Children’s Center and volunteered at Rambam Hospital.

How do I apply?

Candidates must submit a written application with two online recommendation forms to be considered for a group experience session. The application period runs from May 5 - June 2, 2014.

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.  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 generously 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 Youth Literacy Corps
JCC Maccabi Experience/Games
Social Action/Social Justice