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Helen Diller Family Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education

Awards to Bay Area, California K-12 Educators
of Jewish Education to Recognize Extraordinary Teaching

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Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties

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Awards of $10,000 to San Francisco Bay Area, California educators and classroom teachers of pre-collegiate Jewish education to acknowledge those who have displayed excellence in teaching and have had a significant impact on community youth. The awards are intended to honor educators in various areas, including day school, early childhood, congregational or community school, and informal education (outside of a classroom).

Nominees in informal education should work outside of a school setting (i.e. JCCs, camps, youth groups, museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions transmitting Jewish identity) and in a position where teaching is the primary job function. An award of $10,000 will be given to an educator in each category, and each awardee's institution will also receive $2,500. Nominees must exemplify excellence in teaching.

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GrantWatch ID#: 144367

Estimated Size of Grant:

An award of $10,000 will be given to an educator in each category, and each awardee's institution will also receive $2,500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-The awards are meant to honor classroom teachers and informal educators. Administrators, principals, and those whose primary responsibility is not teaching students do not qualify. Contact hours with students must exceed other institutional responsibilities.
-Nominees must currently be teaching in a program of pre-collegiate Jewish education within the Bay Area.
-Nominees must have worked in the field of Jewish education for a minimum of three years. They need not be Jewish, but must transmit Jewish knowledge and values.
-Educators can be nominated no more than three years in a row.

Pre-Application Information:

Nominators are responsible for making sure that the complete application has been submitted by February 21, 2018.

Nomination Procedure:
Nominators must be a candidate's current supervisor, school principal or institutional director. The nominator’s statement should describe a nominee's accomplishments and explain why the nominee merits a Diller Award. Nominators may submit the Nominator’s Form by mail or online.

The nominator is requested to notify the candidate of his or her nomination and to give the candidate a Nominee's Print Form or direct the nominee to the Nominee’s Online Form. This form requests biographical information, including statements of motivation and purpose.

The nominator is also asked to solicit two letters of support for the nominee. Letter of Support Forms should be completed by parents, colleagues, current or former students, or members of the community who have worked directly with the nominee. Nominators should not request both letters from the same group. Letters of support should give concrete examples of a nominee's effectiveness and impact on students inside and outside the classroom. Letters of support may be submitted online.

A nominator may nominate only one person for a Diller Award each year.

A final determination will be made around late May, and award recipients will be honored at a Jewish community event.

Please note that eligible applicants will also be placed into a nomination pool for the Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Nominator’s Online Form:
Letter of Support Online Form:
Nominee’s Online Form:

Please address questions to Katherine Tick at or by phone at 415.512.6265.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: San Francisco Bay Area