EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME: DILLER SUMMER SEMINAR IN ISRAEL
Posted on 08/02/2019 @ 01:00 PM
“The Israel Summer Seminar was an amazing and unique experience where I was able to connect with different Jewish teens from around the world and explore the beautiful state of Israel with my new Diller family”
– Samuel Levy, Diller Cohort 6
“When reflecting upon my Diller experience, I truly can’t believe how lucky I am. During this experience I was able to learn a lot, not only about the world around me, but also about myself, which I’ll always be thankful for”
- Cecilia Edelberg, Diller Cohort 6
Have you ever experienced a program that has impacted your life for the better? An experience, that no matter how long ago it was, you somehow remember it so vividly because it moved and changed you for the better?
Diller Cohort 6 recently returned from an incredible moving experience discovering Israel through storytelling, aiming to learn from the past to build a better future. The Fellows traveled to the Kineret and the Upper Galilee in the North to Yerucham and Ein Gedi in the South.
The 20 Miami Diller Teen Fellows explored Israel in-depth and met other Diller Fellows from the United States, Canada, Argentina, United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, and Israel, and spent an entire week in Yerucham, Miami's sister city in the Negev.
A highlight of the program is when the Miami Fellows partner with the Yerucham Fellows to create and build the itinerary for the week in Yerucham so they can develop their leadership skills, work in partnership with teens from across the globe, get to know Yerucham and most importantly give back to the community. The teens had an opportunity to dive deeply into all of what Israel has to offer and actually work hand-in-hand with their Israeli peers. Exploring Israel through leadership creates a sense of ownership for the Fellows, and they were able to maximize their participation in a unique and meaningful way.
This impactful year long program culminates in a 3-week trip in Israel and comes together at Diller’s Annual Global Congress where all 32 communities from six continents explore the pillars to Diller’s year long program: Jewish peoplehood, leadership, Jewish identity, and Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). The overwhelming feeling from the Miami Fellows is that they left Israel with a better understanding of who they are as individuals and a strong sense of community knowing they are part of something greater, a global Jewish network.