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JCC Boston Diller Teen Fellowship

10th and 11th Grades

Our goal is to nurture the next generation of leaders with a strong sense of Jewish identity, dedication to the Jewish community, appreciation for pluralism and diversity, and love for Israel. The Diller application period has now closed.

Diller Teen Fellowship graduates.

Diller Teen Fellows is an immersive leadership program inviting a select group of Jewish teens from 7 countries and 32 communities to connect with one another, step up, lead their communities, and repair the world through experiential education.

These teens immerse themselves in hands-on, experiential learning experiences, where they can connect with each other, take on leadership roles in their communities, and work towards improving the world.

The fellowship is a year-long program that helps teens cultivate leadership skills, connect to a global network of peers, deepen their connection to their Jewish identity, and make a positive impact on the world.

Be Inspired to Repair the World!

The JCC Diller Teen Fellowship develops future generations of leaders with a strong Jewish identity, commitment to the Jewish people, respect for pluralism and love of Israel. The program operates in 32 communities in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, Argentina and Israel.

Who is Diller for?

Twenty Boston-area 10th and 11th grade students are selected yearly, based on their leadership aptitude, interest in Jewish learning, desire to connect to Israel, and passion for serving their community.

Current freshmen and sophomores from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply in the spring.

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, the Boston Mifgash (encounter) and three-week summer Israel Seminar
  • Be in 10th or 11th grade in September of the cohort year
  • Be a Jewish teen residing in the Greater Boston area 

Tuition Cost

Fee for Participation $3,975*

*covers all participation including the Israel trip

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Meet the Team

Zach Goldberger Headshot.

Zach Goldberger

Program Director, Diller Teen Fellowship

Introducing Zach! A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, he is committed to supporting and empowering teenagers and fostering a sense of community. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball; cooking; searching for the best diners, drive-ins, and dives; and rooting for his favorite sports teams. Zach is also a lifelong learner who values making connections with others.

FAQs About the JCC Boston Diller Teen Fellowship

What is the Diller Teen Fellows Program?

The Diller Teen Fellows Program focuses on three outcomes. Throughout the yearlong Fellowship, participants will:

  • Become EMPOWERED TEENS, equipped to discover their own journeys and guide others.
  • Form STRONGER JEWISH IDENTITIES and continue a lifelong exploration of their culture, history and heritage.
  • Become ACTIVATED LEADERS OF TIKKUN OLAM/SOCIAL ACTION, viewing it as their responsibility and opportunity to make the world a better place.

What is the time commitment?

Diller Fellows commit to:

  • Twelve Sunday afternoon workshops of five hours each
  • A locally-based, social action project
  • Three weekend retreats
  • Two full-day experiences
  • Three-week Israel Seminar, which provides an opportunity to both explore Israel and do meaningful community service in Haifa, Boston’s sister city
  • A ten-day hosting exchange with a Haifa Diller Fellow

Is the JCC Boston 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?

Diller Fellows are challenged to develop and refine their relationship to Israel through many parts of the programming, including experiential learning, friendships with Haifa Diller Teen Fellows, a three-week Israel trip and hosting Haifa counterparts at home. On the Israel trip, participants have the opportunity to come together with 640 other teen fellows from around the world during International Congress.

The Israel trip is unique in that it gives Fellows an opportunity to tour Israel while sharing perspectives with teens from around the world. Fellows spend one week of their stay living with their Israeli peers exploring Haifa, learning about current events, and engaging in community service. They also spend part of their trip getting to know other Diller Fellows from around the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, Argentina, and Israel.

COVID-19 Precautions

Health and safety will always be the force leading our decision-making. We will continue to follow accepted best practices protocols. Whenever possible, Cohort experiences will be conducted in-person. If circumstances prevent that from happening safely, in-person workshops will be supplemented by interactive virtual experiences, including cross-cultural workshops and meetups with international Cohorts. As guidelines may change throughout the year, all experiences are designed to be engaging and fun either in-person or virtually. While we don’t yet know what will be possible in terms of travel and group gatherings, Diller International is planning and hopeful that by 2022, international group travel will resume. Regardless of how the program year will shape out, our local staff and the International Diller staff is committed to our participants to provide a rich Fellowship experience.

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2024–2025 Cohort 16 are now live!

Fill out this application form and feel free to attend one of our info sessions on March 13 or March 18.

What is the cost?

Fee for participation is $3,975, which covers all participation including the Israel trip. Financial aid is available to help with the fee. Every fellow is subsidized by the Helen Diller Family Foundation, the Boston-Haifa Steering Committee of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies and individual donors to JCC Greater Boston.

Diller gave me a sense of empowerment and purpose. I have the skills to paint the world as I’d like.

JCC Diller Teen Fellow

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Your support allows future leaders of every background throughout the Greater Boston area to develop their Jewish identity, commit to the Jewish people, respect diversity and pluralism, and connect to Israel.

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