Programming around these themes includes group discussions, workshops, conversations with community leaders, group work on projects, experiential service learning, international partnerships, Shabbat experiences, and more.
The Diller Teen Fellows program is based on the belief that true leadership stems from a strong sense of self and an appreciation for others. In a pluralistic program, participants have the opportunity to examine and reflect on their sense of Jewish identity in order to understand how their history, traditions and values motivate them to act in the world.
Fellows are challenged to be able to define their strengths, challenges, and personal leadership goals. We then provide the tools, feedback, and mentoring they need to experiment, collaborate and learn from their experiences. The result? A meaningful experience they can apply to real-world challenges.
Fellows gain a new perspective on Israel, informed by direct and authentic connections to the land, the country, its history, and its people. These connections are established with the Diller Teen Fellows in Yerucham, Miami’s partnership city, and through joint programming that takes place.
A peak experience of the program is the Israel Summer Seminar. The three-week seminar brings together all Diller participants from 32 communities spanning six continents to engage in the diversity, vibrancy, and the complex reality of modern Israel.
The approach, experience and impact of tikkun olam, "repairing the world," are central to the Diller Teen Fellows. Fellows participate in community service in Miami throughout the Fellowship year. Fellows are also given opportunities to receive grant funding to create and lead tikkun olam projects close to their hearts.
Diller Teen Fellows embraces pluralism in the broadest sense. Fellows reflect the diversity of the Jewish communities in which they live. Throughout the program, Fellows are introduced to a wide range of different Jewish practices, beliefs, values, and perspectives and are encouraged to develop an appreciation for the spectrum of Jewish expression.
We explore the concept of Jewish Peoplehood—the idea of a collective Jewish experience, flourishing now and in the future— through multiple lenses. It is a topic of particular focus during the Jewish Communities Mifgash Seminar and the Israel Summer Seminar, including the Diller Teen Fellows International Congress. Fellows will gain a meaningful sense of belonging to the Jewish people and demonstrate responsibility for other Jews and the future of the Jewish people, both locally and globally.