Visiting teens explore social justice in Bay Area

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Some 20 Jewish teens from the United States and Israel recently visited educational and social service programs in the Bay Area as part of the International Diller Teen Fellows North American Seminar.

The program, which seeks to develop future generations of Jewish leaders, is for 10th- and 11th-graders, takes place in eight communities around North America. Each community has its own cohort of students, paired with a region in Israel; the Bay Area students were paired with students from the Upper Galilee.

For the Bay Area program, the teens served breakfast to the homeless at Glide Memorial Church, met with ex-felons and others in a vocational training program at the Delancey Street Foundation and attended FedFest 100 (the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation’s centennial event, which included lectures and workshops).

On April 12, the teens met with students at Life Learning Academy, a Treasure Island–based charter school serving high school-aged youth who have been involved in the social justice system.

The Diller Teen Fellows program aims to encourage teens to be committed to the Jewish people, Israel and community service. A year-long program, it explores themes of social justice, socioeconomic disparity and religious diversity.

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