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The Awards celebrate tikkun olam, or “repairing the world.” The Diller Family Foundation knows that supporting Jewish teen leadership today means creating and inspiring future generations of strong Jewish leaders in the global community. The Awards provide $36,000 for each recipient so that they may use it to further their initiative or education.

About the Helen Diller Family Foundation

Along with the Awards, the Foundation also funds the Diller Teen Fellows program; an international leadership program for Jewish teens. The Foundation has also supported a number of programs and institutions in the Bay Area and throughout the world, including UCSF, UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz.

Meet the Staff

Adam Weisberg

Director, Diller Teen Initiatives

The leader of the Diller Teen Initiatives since 2011, Adam works with both the Tikkun Olam Awards as well as the Diller Teen Fellows program. He brings a lifetime of experience working with Jewish youth, which includes Camp Tawonga, Berkeley Hillel, the Council of Jewish Federations in New York, the Jewish Agency in Israel, and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Bulgaria.

Erica Aren

Program Director, Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards

Erica is a mid-westerner at heart, but Bay Area proud since 2003. Erica’s graduate studies in Jewish service learning and education allowed her to examine experiential education through the lens of equity and social justice. Erica brings a passion for the intersection of social justice and youth leadership – including work experience at BBYO, American Jewish World Service and InterfaithFamily as well as managing the Bay Area Diller Teen Fellows from 2007-2010.


Leah Kahn

Program Assistant, Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards

Leah is originally from Chicago but has lived in the Bay Area since 2015. Prior to joining the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards team, she worked as a relocation consultant for MOVE Guides, coordinating moves for companies all over the world. While a student at Bowdoin College, Leah was active in her campus Hillel, eventually serving as president her senior year. Leah is excited to be involved in the San Francisco Jewish community and contributing to this meaningful program.

Lindsay Merbaum

Marketing and Outreach Coordinator,
Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards

Lindsay grew up on the East Coast, where she studied creative writing and earned a Master’s in Fiction from Brooklyn College. After graduate school, she moved to South America and began working as an educator, focusing on ESL support, academic advising, and writing. Lindsay relocated to California in 2011 and has since partnered with a number of Bay Area nonprofits such as Manos Cariñosas, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, and the International Forum on Globalization as a blogger, content creator, and social media manager, in addition to her work in higher education at the Academy of Art University. Lindsay’s stories and essays are widely published and she acts as a Fiction Editor at Rivet, a literary journal published by Red Bridge Press in San Francisco, and is a member of the women’s vocal ensemble Conspiracy of Venus.