The eighth cohort of the Diller Teen Fellows took off earlier this week for their annual Israel Summer Seminar.
The three-week program will include a week-long homestay in the Golan, volunteering opportunities and leadership workshops.
The highlight is the Shabbaton, in which 15 international communities from across the US, Canada, Argentina, South Africa and Australia will gather for a pluralistic experience. The seminar will also feature the Diller Global Congress where 700 teens will engage in volunteering and workshops about Jewish identity and peoplehood and leadership.
“We’ve been preparing for months and are thrilled to watch the fellows grow their leadership skills as they take on exciting responsibilities during this once in a lifetime trip,” Diller Teen Fellows coordinator Sharni Briner said.
The program explores aspects of leadership, Jewish identity, Israel education and tikkun olam. This cohort’s specific focus has been on innovation and social entrepreneurship in Israel.
Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA) CEO Ginette Searle said, “It is inspiring to see how quickly this year’s Diller cohort have bonded and grown together throughout the program and we look forward to seeing them work together in future leadership roles in our community.”
Current Diller Teen Fellow Zali Rose Weinberg said she has gained many new friendships and gained the confidence to lead and grow in her community.
“I want others to know about this amazing program, which explores Judaism in a fun and exciting way and provides once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to learn and grow,” she said.
The selective leadership fellowship for year 10 and 11 students is supported by the Helen Diller Family Foundation and the ZFA.
Applications for the ninth cohort are launching soon. Jewish students in year 9 or 10 are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org