Five California teens each received $36,000 for community service projects. The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award, funded by the Helen Diller Family Foundation, was created to recognize the social action initiatives of Jewish teenagers in the state. Winning projects included raising money for medical clinics and wells in Darfur; preparing and distributing food for the homeless; organizing trips to the Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance for non-Jewish high-school students to combat anti-Semitism; and recycling furniture to raise money for the needy. Nominees had to be California teens who self-identified as Jewish, but their service projects could benefit the entire community. The award money is to be used for college or to further the aims of their projects.
The awards will be presented Aug. 28 in San Francisco.