Diller Teen Fellows Programme – developing our future leaders 

On Sunday 28th January, the South African Zionist Federation, in partnership with the Israel Centre and King David Schools, hosted a ceremony honoring the graduating Diller Teens fellows of 2017, and welcoming the new cohort of 2018. 

This international leadership programme, offers an opportunity to a group of twenty Grade 11 students to embark on a journey that will enrich their experience and introduce them to a global network of young Jewish leaders.

Each year, over 600 teens – from 32 communities worldwide – North America, South Africa, Australia, South America, Europe and Israel, spend 12 months engrossed in the Diller Teen Fellows programme. 

The depth of the programme, global engagement, and a focus on experiential learning, create an enduring impact on participants and their families, building leaders with the power to change the world. This is done through monthly workshops, Shabbatonim (weekend retreats), a ten-day visit by the Israeli teens to South Africa, culminating in a 3 week summer seminar experience that brings them all together in IsraelA showcase of video clips created by the out-going Diller teens, of the teens, and for the teens, of their 12-month journey was shared with the audience at the ceremony on Sunday. This highlighted the many incredible experiences that the new group could look forward to.

The new cohort took to the stage, and introduced the pillars of the Diller experience Leadership, Jewish Identity, Israel and Tikkun Olam (healing the world through good deeds). 

The Zionist federation became the official custodians of Diller Teen Fellows programme last year working with closely with King David schools and the Helen Diller Foundation. 

“In line with our vision of engaging and empowering young leaders with a strong Jewish identity and love for Israel – Diller is the perfect platform to ensure that we are developing young hearts and minds. “said Nicci Raz (National Director of SAZF) 

Rabbi Kacev, speaking on behalf of KD Schools re-iterated their commitment and support for the programme and congratulated both groups on a fantastic achievement.

Wishing the graduating students all the best on their journeys, and wishing the best of luck to the incoming students, whose journeys are just beginning.


For more information on Diller contact

Ronli Dorfman –SAZF