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Diller Teen Fellows

Step into your leadership. Elevate your Jewish identity. Become a Pittsburgh Diller Teen Fellow!

Applications for the 2021-2022 cohort are open now!

Established in San Francisco in 1998 by the Helen Diller Family Foundation, the Diller Teen Fellows program is Pittsburgh’s premier leadership development program for Jewish teens in 10th and 11th grade.

Now operating in 32 communities in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, South America, Europe, and Israel, the goal of the Diller Teen Fellows program is to develop future generations of active, effective leaders with a strong Jewish identity, commitment to the Jewish people, respect for pluralism and love of Israel. Together with our sister community in Israel, we explore six guiding principles:

  • Jewish Identity
  • Leadership
  • Israel
  • Tikkun Olam (repairing the world)
  • Jewish Peoplehood
  • Pluralism

Diller Teen Fellows gain the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, explore their Jewish identity, connect with Israel through a peer partnership and create a social action project of their choosing.

The application doors close in just one month!

The Pittsburgh Diller Teen Fellows program is a prestigious 12-month international leadership program that, together with their partnership cohort in Karmiel-Misgav in Israel, partake in:

  • Twelve Educational Workshops
  • Three Weekend Retreats (Shabbatonim)
  • Service and Impact Experiences


Diller Teen Fellows gather on a regular basis to explore their relationships with the program’s pillars and values. They are encouraged to learn and lead as they consider what it means to be Jewish, and part of a diverse, international community. At regular Sunday workshops, participants explore program core values through team-building exercises, hands-on volunteering, dynamic conversations, and Jewish text study.


Shabbatonim are weekend retreats which allow participants to dig deeper into prominent issues that arise during their workshops. While participants cultivate relationships with their peers, coordinator, and junior counselors, discussions focus on the six core values: leadership, Jewish identity, Israel, tikkun olam, Pluralism, and Peoplehood.

Pittsburgh Diller Teen Fellows work to:

1. Form stronger Jewish identities and continue a lifelong exploration of their culture, history, and heritage.
2. Become empowered teens equipped to discover their own leadership journeys
3. Become activated leaders who view tikkun olam (social action) as their responsibility and opportunity to make the world a better place.

Diller Fellows come from different backgrounds but are joined together by the desire to:

  • Make friendships that will last a lifetime
  • Question, search and gain insights into their own Jewish identity and unity
  • Create with and lead others in learning activities and service projects

If you share these desires then the Diller Teen Fellows Program may be for you!

Applicants to the program must:

  • Demonstrate leadership skills
  • Be dedicated to community service
  • Be interested in exploring your Jewish identity
  • Be interested in exploring your relationship to Israel
  • Be in 10th or 11th grade in September of the cohort year
  • Be a Jewish teen residing in the Greater Pittsburgh area

Each participant automatically receives a $10,000 subsidy, resulting in a cost of $3,600 to the participant.

In addition, need-based scholarships are available.

Are you ready to make a world of difference in your life and in the lives of others?

Visit Diller Teen Fellows for more information about the international program.

Contact Us

Maria Carson

Director of Teen Leadership


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