Diller Teen Fellows... “Spreading the Light”
Posted on 12/27/2019 @ 02:00 PM
“At this time of year, when the sun is most hidden, the holiday of Hanukkah celebrates the rays of hope and light. Often, it is through simple and unrecognized miracles that we are able to feel the warmth of hope and light” ~ Rafael Goldstein
A few weeks ago, Cohort 7 Diller Teen Fellows and their families embraced the spirit of Hanukkah at their “Spreading the Light” event by giving back to the Miami community. The Miami Diller cohort spent time discussing and learning about Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), one of the core values of the Diller Teen Fellows program. The teens and their families raced around Publix, completing a scavenger hunt to find appropriate Kosher Food to be donated to the Jewish Community Services (JCS) Kosher Food Bank.
At the end of the activity, the families learned more about the work of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, JCS, and the Food Bank. The JCS Kosher Food Bank is the only food bank in Miami-Dade County to which those who observe kosher (kashrut) dietary laws can turn. JCS’ Kosher Food Bank provides food to more than 380 families and nearly 100 Holocaust survivors. The families loaded up the donations to be sent to stock the shelves of the facility and support the Miami community.
Miami Diller Teen Fellows program has many opportunities to engage with Tikkun Olam, with their families, as a cohort, and individually through Impact Projects that fellows and alumni can take on.
Impact projects are teen created and led Tikkun Olam initiatives, that fill a need that the teens have identified and feel passionate about. The teens have the opportunity to apply for micro-grant funding from Diller International to support and grow their projects.
There are currently eight Miami projects proposed and one active alumni project and we are excited to see the impact that these leaders have on our community.