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Fifteen Jewish Teens Receive $36,000 Each for Exceptional Tikkun Olam Leadership

The Helen Diller Family Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of the 2014 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards. Fifteen young leaders in community service will each receive $36,000 in recognition of their outstanding leadership, innovation, and commitment to making the world a better place. Now in its eighth year, the program has granted almost $2 million to further the philanthropic visions and education of 55 Jewish teens who exemplify the spirit of tikkun olam. Read more

Ten U.S. Teens Rewarded for Taking on Poverty, Autism and Teen Empowerment

The Helen Diller Family Foundation recently announced the recipients of the 2013 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards. Ten young leaders in volunteerism will each receive $36,000 in recognition of their leadership, innovation and commitment to making the world a better place. Now in its seventh year, the program has granted a total of nearly $1.5 million to further the vision of 40 Jewish teens. Read more

Teens Nationwide Now Eligible for Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards

The Helen Diller Family Foundation is expanding the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards, issuing a national call-for-nominations to identify Jewish teens whose volunteer service projects demonstrate a determined commitment to make the world a better place. Up to ten selected teens, five from California and five from other communities across the country, will each be acknowledged for their visionary actions with an award of $36,000, to be used to further their philanthropic work or their education. Nominations are now being accepted; the deadline for nominations is January 6, 2013.

What started as a simple idea for Bay Area philanthropist Helen Diller in 2007 has grown tremendously since its inception, and the Helen Diller Family Foundation has given more than one million dollars to 30 teens to further their visions of tikkun olam.

“It has been a joy to celebrate so many incredible Jewish teens over the past six years, and to support them in their efforts to repair the world. This opportunity to empower and nurture teens throughout the entire United States is a dream come true, and a simple way to foster the spirit of tikkun olam among our future leaders.” -Helen Diller

The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and their network of 155 Jewish Federations throughout the country will collaborate with the Helen Diller Family Foundation to publicize the awards and garner nominations.

“We applaud those who demonstrate such dedication to Jewish values and service at a young age,” said Jerry Silverman, president and CEO of JFNA. “The Helen Diller Family Foundation is known for its commitment to providing enrichment opportunities that truly do change lives. We are delighted to collaborate with them on this innovative program, which will help create a vibrant future for the Jewish People.”

Learn more about past recipientsof the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards here.

The 2012 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award Recipients

What Makes A Great Jewish Educator?

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward

We asked students of our recent education award winners, “What makes a great teacher?” Here’s what they said:

The Helen Diller Family Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education awards recognizes individuals who have made an extraordinary impact through early childhood, day, congregational, and community school settings as well as in informal educational programs. Each award carries with it a prize of $10,000 for the educator and $2,500 for the educator’s institution.

The 2012 award recipients were announced at our 2012 Annual Meeting this year. Each teacher heard testimonials from their students in regards to what makes them an exceptional educator.

Congregation Beth Sholom Family Preschool
Hadara Graubart

Kehillah Jewish High School
Jaclyn Guzman

Congregation Emanu-El
Ariana Estoque

Shalom Bayit
Zephira Derblich-Milea

The Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award is designed to recognize, honor and support outstanding Jewish educators. This national award, representing the Federation and the Bureau of Jewish Education, is given each year by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation who partner with local agencies and federations throughout North America to select these winners.

This year’s award was presented to Tamar Rabinowitz from the Jewish Community High School of the Bay.

Israeli Diller Teens welcomed during North American Seminar

The 2011 International Diller Teen Fellows North American Seminar recently took place in eight cities across the U.S. and Canada. The seminar brings together some of the best and brightest Jewish teens from around the world to collaborate in an unparalleled community service and leadership development initiative.

The Seminar, part of a year-long cultural exchange program for Jewish teens in the United States, Canada and Israel, aims to inspire and empower Jewish teens to be active, effective leaders with a strong Jewish identity, a sense of belonging and service to their community, and a responsibility to make the world a better place. Twenty exceptional 10th and 11th graders from each partner community are selected annually for the program from different Jewish denominations and traditions, representing a variety of cultural, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds.

The 2011 North American Seminar (NAS) wrapped up after 10 days of sightseeing, learning, and discussion, but the press is still buzzing. The NAS was highlighted in the media in many of Diller’s partner cities:

Video: 2010 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awardees

Last week, the 2010 awardees of the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards were honored at a luncheon in San Francisco. Each received $36,000 for their dedication to community service and their commitment to improving our world. The following videos tell their stories.

Jason Bade, Foster City. Learn more about Jason.


Megan Kilroy, Santa Monica. Learn more about Megan.


David Schenirer, Sacramento. Learn more about David


David Weingarten, Woodland Hills. Learn more about David


Kyle Weiss, Danville. Learn more about Kyle


For more information on the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards presented by the Helen Diller Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund, please visit:

Nominations for the 2011 Awards are due in December 2010.

Welcome to the Diller Teen Fellows alumni blog

Diller Teens at the western wallThe International Diller Teen Initiatives is launching their first Alumni Program!  The Helen Diller Family Foundation and the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation would like to establish an ongoing connection with the people who have graduated from the Diller Teen Fellowship. As you may already know, the fellowship now extends to eight cities across North America. It is my hope that we can utilize our connection as past Diller Teen Fellow’s and current Jewish leaders to create a strong Diller community that extends to those who have graduated from the program.

This DTF Alumni blog will provide updates and opportunities from the International Diller Teen Initiatives office. Please stay posted and active as this blog will give you updates on what the current Diller Teen Fellow’s are up to and will offer unique opportunities for alumni in your current communities as well. I hope this blog can become an interactive space for our alumni to network, connect to the International Diller Community and utilize this space to enrich the Jewish leadership that lies within all DTF alumni.

Thanks and Lehitra’ot!

300 young adults celebrate Simchat Torah!

For 2 hours every month, The Cellar closes its doors to the public and hosts an exclusive event for anyone Jewish and single, ages 21-40. The night, called Second Saturday, is known as the “longest running party for the young Jewish community in San Francisco” and is all about us – the young Jewish community in the Bay Area.

On October 10, over 300 young adults gathered at The Cellar to celebrate Simchat Torah and happiness in an unforgettable production called SIMCHA! which brought a taste of Israel to the Jewish young adult community in a fresh and exciting way.

300 young adults attended the recent SIMCHA celebration

The Israeli-themed SIMCHA! party drew over 300 young adults.

The festivities included Israeli snacks, Israeli video art, a raffle for a $100 dinner at Boulevard restaurant, and two amazing DJs – Second Saturday’s great house D.J. Josh Abrams, and Israeli D.J. Moshe Bonen from Maydalleh, who came straight from New York and brilliantly spun Hebrew music.

Part of the proceeds from the evening is being donated to the LGBT youth center in Tel Aviv. The special evening was a joint effort with Tzavta, the Israel Center’s young adult division, supported by the Helen Diller Family Foundation.

For more Tzavta programming information contact Lital at or 415.512.6425.


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