Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago is seeking teens for
the region’s inaugural group of Diller Teen Fellows, a 15-month international
leadership program that includes a three-week trip to Israel.
this fall, accepted teens will participate in monthly seminars and weekend
retreats focusing on tikkun olam (social action and community service), Jewish
identity, Israel and Jewish peoplehood. The Chicago program will run
concurrently with a mirror program in JUF's Partnership 2Gether region in
Israel, which includes Kiryat Gat, Lachish and Shafir. In the spring, American
fellows will have the opportunity to host their Israeli peers in Chicago,
before the local cohort travels to Israel for a joint seminar the following
returning from Israel, teens will be mobilized to put what they’ve learned into
action through individual social justice projects.
an incredible opportunity for teenagers throughout metro Chicago,” said Jessica
Fisher, who will coordinate the program. “Participants will go back to their
schools, youth groups, clubs and home communities with stronger leadership
capabilities and a deeper engagement with Judaism.”
international Diller program began in 1997, and has grown to include 10 North
American/Israeli partnerships. The program was created to inspire and train
future generations of Jewish leaders worldwide who will be committed to the
Jewish community, Israel and community service. Since 1997, the Helen Diller
Family Foundation and partner communities have graduated more than 2,000 Diller
Teen Fellows, creating a network of young Jewish leaders throughout the world.
Diller Teen Fellows program is funded by the Helen Diller Family Foundation, a
supporting foundation of the San Francisco Federation’s Jewish Community
Endowment Fund. The local Chicago program is a collaboration of the Helen
Diller Family Foundation, the International Diller Teen Fellows office, the
JUF/Federation, and JUF’s Partnership 2Gether region in Israel.
program is open to Chicago-area Jewish high school sophomores and juniors.
Applications are due Aug. 9. For more information or to request an
application, visit www.juf.org/teens/diller.aspx or contact Jessica Fisher at JessicaFisher@juf.org.