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Committee Member Spotlight: Michael Jacobs

National Committee Co-Chair Michael Jacobs first joined the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awardsselection committee in 2015, when he was asked to fill the seat belonging to Danny Grossman, who had just become the CEO of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. “I always do what Danny asks me to do,” Michael quips. By then, Michael already knew […]

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A Year of Opportunity by Eli Wachs

It’s been an exciting year since I was honored with the 2016 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards for work with my nonprofit, High School HeroesX (HSHX). HSHX runs incentivized competitions for high school students to find innovative solutions to local issues. These challenges typically awarded the winning high school team less than $2,000. While this financial incentive […]

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Andrew Plotch in Cuba: An Essay in Photos

Andrew Plotch is a 2015 recipient of the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards. He spent the spring semester studying in Havana, Cuba and wrote about the experience for OnCuba Magazine in a piece entitled, “An American’s First May Day in Havana.” A burgeoning photographer, Andrew also composed photo essays capturing his experience on the Latin island.

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The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards: Founder and History

“You may ask why I have focused a considerable part of our philanthropic efforts on enriching the lives of teens and developing young leaders. What better way to leave a legacy than by empowering our youth to increase their knowledge of Jewish history and culture, and to become our future leaders.” –Helen Diller In 1997, Helen […]

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Meet the 2017 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards Recipients

Meet the fifteen teens — five from California, ten nationally — who have been selected for the 2017 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards in recognition of their leadership and outstanding efforts to repair the world. Julie Averbach (Short Hills, NJ): Comic Book Becomes a Platform for Sibling Support  Julie Averbach turned a Girl Scout Gold Award-winning project into a global initiative when […]

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Food and Friendship: An Interfaith Experience in Detroit By Adena Rochelson

This past summer, I visited Detroit on a volunteer trip organized by the American Jewish Society for Service. Our mission was to help rebuild the multifaceted community that is Detroit. It was on our second night there that I had the most meaningful meal of my life. We had finished our first day of volunteering at […]

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