Helen Diller Foundation calls for nominations

Nominations are open until Jan. 6 for the Helen Diller Family Foundation Teen Tikkun Olam Awards, identifying Jewish teens whose volunteer service projects demonstrate a determined commitment to make the world a better place.

Up to 10 teens, five from California and five from across the country, will each receive an award of $36,000, to be used to further their philanthropic work or their education.

Teens must be U.S. residents, 13-19, and self-identify as Jewish. They may nominate themselves, be nominated by teachers, community leaders, rabbis, but not family.

Go to www.jewishfed.org/diller/teenawards, call 415-512-6437, email dillerteenaward@sfjcf.org.

Families sought to host exchange students

Host families are needed for incoming foreign exchange high school students. Students are 15-18 years old, are English-speaking, have their own spending money and carry health insurance.

Families can consist of a single parent, a childless couple or a retired couple.

Host families are eligible to claim a monthly charitable contribution deduction on their itemized tax returns for each month they host a sponsored student.


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Families interested in learning more about the program or to arrange for a meeting with a community representative, can call Pacific Intercultural Exchange at 866-546-1402.

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