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Diller Education Awards

Awards to California Educators in Eligible Locations to Recognize
Outstanding Performance in the Field of Jewish Education

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

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Awards to California professional educators in eligible locations to recognize outstanding performance in the field of Jewish education. Nominations are welcome for individuals providing educational experiences to K-12 students as well as to families. The awardees as well as their schools will receive monetary awards. Educators must teach in the San Francisco Bay area.

Established in January 2001 as an initiative of the Helen Diller Family Foundation and the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, the Helen Diller Family Award for Excellence in Jewish Education recognizes and honors educational professionals engaged with pre-collegiate Jewish learning who have made an extraordinary impact on the youth of the local community. Award categories include early childhood, day school, congregational and supplementary, and Jewish communal and experiential.

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GrantWatch ID#: 144367

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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 award is intended to honor Jewish educational professionals working directly with pre-collegiate age learners. Administrators, principals, and others whose primary responsibility involves educational leadership and supervising direct staff do not qualify. Hands-on work (either in-person or virtual) with these learners must exceed other professional responsibilities, encompassing a majority of the nominee’s responsibilities.
- Nominees must exemplify excellence in Jewish education and must currently be a professional in a program of pre-collegiate Jewish education within the Bay Area.
- Nominees must be at least 18 years old when nominated.
- 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. Nominations are encouraged from all Jewish religious streams and Jewish communal spaces.

Nominees in each of these categories should work as follows:
- Early Childhood: Eligible professionals work in an organization, school, or space that engages pre-elementary school-age children or their families.
- Day School: Eligible professionals work in a full day Jewish school with students in grades as young as Kindergarten and up to 12th grade.
- Congregational and Supplementary: Eligible professionals work with school-aged learners and/or families in an ongoing, part-time program. These programs can include a congregational school, afterschool program, a supplementary program, or a youth group. These ongoing programs are not limited to those that take place in a classroom.
- Jewish Communal and Experiential: Eligible professionals work with learners and/or families through immersive experiences, multiple limited programs, or multiple one-time events. This includes camps, communal organizational programming, congregations, museums, farms, and others.

Educators are eligible to be nominated for up to three years in a row.

Nominator Eligibility:
- Nominators may be a candidate's current or former supervisor, school principal, program director, agency/organization director, past or present colleague, or past or present learner or the learner’s family. If the nominator is not the direct supervisor, the direct supervisor or other administrators from the educator’s sponsoring organization must provide a letter of recommendation to proceed.

Pre-Application Information:

- Nominators are responsible for making sure that the completed application has been submitted by March 2, 2021.
- A final determination will be made in late spring, and award recipients will be honored at a Jewish community event.

The nominator may submit the application online. A nominator may nominate up to one person per category for a Diller Education Award each year.

The nominator or the nominee’s direct supervisor 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. The nominator is also asked to solicit two letters of support for the nominee.

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

Nominators should submit the Nominator’s Form online:

The nominator or the nominee’s direct supervisor is requested to notify the candidate of his or her nomination and direct them to the Nominee’s Online Form:

The nominator is also asked to solicit two letters of support for the nominee:

Please address questions to or call 415.512.6235.

Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
121 Steuart Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

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