Diller Teen Fellows Toronto FAQs

Who are the Diller Teen Fellows?

7 Countries.  32 Communities.  A year to impact a lifetime.
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. Throughout the yearlong Fellowship, teens develop leadership skills, connect in a global network of peers, strengthen their Jewish identities, and create ripples of good throughout the world. Twenty Greater Toronto Area teens are selected each year based on their leadership aptitude, commitment to Jewish learning, interest in connecting to Israel, and passion for serving their communities.

What is the fellowship program?

The Diller Teen Fellows seeks to empower select teens from across the globe to become the activated leaders of tikkun olam as an emerging generation of Jewish leaders. As part of an international network of Jewish teens, Fellows serve as a force for good throughout their lifetimes.

Teens will learn and experience:

  • Design Thinking
  • Collaboration Skills
  • Character Based Leadership
  • Tikkun Olam Grant Project
  • Relationship-building are built across the globe
  • Volunteering in high-impact activities
  • Deepened connection to Jewish identity,
  • Pluralism, peoplehood and Israel

What will my experience be like?

You will be part of a group of peers with different backgrounds, joined together by the desire to:

  • Question, search and gain insights into Jewish identity and unity
  • Experience a cultural exchange with Israeli teens during a three-week Israel seminar and 10-day Toronto mifgash (encounter)
  • Cultivate lasting friendships with Toronto and Eilat-Eilot fellows through a significant partnership experience
  • Become a member of the Diller International cohort of 32 cities

What is the time commitment?

The Toronto Diller Teen Fellows is a 12 month (September to September) commitment which includes:

  • 12 Sunday afternoon workshops (mifgashim)
  • Hands-on opportunities to lead tikkun olam initiatives
  • 9-day hosting of Eilat-Eilot fellows in Toronto in the spring
  • Three-week Summer Seminar in Israel with 700 Diller Teens Fellows from around the world (July)

How do I apply?

Apply online or nominate a teen at jewishtoronto.com/diller

  • All applicants must apply online and participate in a group experience session and interview.
  • Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed only after all on-time applications are considered.
  • Final decisions are announced in June
  • The fee for participation is $4,000 which includes all costs for the Fellowship, including the Israel seminar. Generous financial aid is available. Each Fellow receives a substantial subsidy from the Helen Diller Family Foundation, and UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.

To learn more, contact torontodiller@gmail.com , 416-635-2883x5538 or visit jewishtoronto.com/diller

The 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.