Nominations are being accepted for the 2013 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards.

The award, given to up to 10 Jewish teens – five from California, five from the rest of the U.S.– is $36,000 and winners can use the money any way they choose.

The awards are based on service and community projects and are funded by the Helen Diller Family Foundation.

Tikkun Olam translates to “repair the world.”

Last year, Maria Carrillo High student Daniel Rosenthal won $36,000 for his Magic In Medicine program.  To read about Rosenthal, click here: Two years ago, Montgomery High’s Gabe Ferrick was one of five winners for his work in raising money and awareness for genocide-scarred Rwanda. To read that story, click here:

Nominations are due Jan. 6.

The following information was provided by the Helen Diller Family Foundation:


  • Teens may be nominated by teachers, community leaders, rabbis, or anyone who knows the value of their volunteer service and commitment —EXCEPT family members.  Teens may also nominate themselves.
  • Each candidate must be a U.S. resident aged 13-19 years old at the time of nomination, and must self-identify as Jewish.
  • Community service projects may benefit the general or Jewish community.
  • Teens compensated for their services are not eligible.


TO ENTER:     Complete the simple online nomination form at
For more information:; (415) 512-6437;