Rachel Forman, a rising senior at and a resident of Morris Township, has just returned from participating in an international leadership program, through which she was part of a delegation of teens from MetroWest New Jersey.
As part of the Diller Teen Fellows 15-month international leadership program, delegations of Jewish teens from six North American communities, including MetroWest New Jersey, have just returned from their summer experience in Israel. Organized by Diller Teen Initiatives, a program of the Helen Diller Family Foundation, the Diller Teen Fellows program pairs cohorts of incoming high school students from North American communities with cohorts of Israeli students their same age.
“The Diller Teen Fellowship Program has definitely been a life-changing and extremely meaningful experience to me throughout my time in the program,” Forman said. “I have learned about my own Jewish identity by being exposed to the Israeli culture of today and by touring Israel through the long historical journey of the Jewish people. The program has truly given me the opportunity and the tools to become a strong and inspired leader in my own right, by giving me the chance to meet several leaders of today and tomorrow, and in addition, showing me the potential I have in myself.”