Written by Hannah Goldstein, Cohort 5
The Diller Teen Fellows is a pluralistic, international, Jewish leadership program. Over the course of 15 months Fellows learn about themselves and the world around them through the four pillars of Diller: Tikun Olam, Leadership, Jewish Identity, and Israel. A huge part of the program revolves around a seminar in Israel where the Boston Cohort joins 19 other contingents to deepen their connections with and learn about the country.
We also discussed a tragic event that had happened the day before our program, in which a former Diller Teen Fellow from Rishon L'Tzion was killed in Gaza while serving in an elite unite. We spoke about Matan Gottlieb z''l and read words about him from a former Boston-Haifa staff member who was a friend of his, Maayan Haagbi. We lit a yartzheit candle for him; this reminded us all how this operation can hit us so close to home as Diller Teen Fellows.