Nominations for Lifetime Achievement

Guidelines, procedures, and forms

Nominations for the 2021 Inaugural Prize are open until March 2, 2021

Opening for nominations for the first time in 2020, the Diller Prize for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement will be awarded to a professional who has demonstrated extraordinary service as a Jewish educational professional in the Bay Area over time and has produced a body of work that is deemed very significant in its impact on learners and the field of Jewish educators. This award is offered in partnership with the Helen Diller Family Foundation and the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.

The Prize includes an award of $36,000, which will provide $30,000 to the recipient and $6,000 to an educational initiative or organization selected by the recipient. It is intended to honor a Jewish professional who attains the highest level of excellence and is not an annual award; it will be awarded only when all the criteria have been met.


The Diller Prize for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement will honor Jewish educational professionals who have made a lasting impact on Bay Area Jewish education.

  • Jewish educators whose work impacts or has impacted San Francisco Bay Area Jewish learners are eligible.
  • Eligible nominees possess a body of work that demonstrates or has demonstrated a substantial contribution to the impact of Jewish education and/or the field of Jewish education at a high level of excellence.
  • Nominees have demonstrated an ability to motivate learners and/or Jewish educational professionals to achieve their highest potential.
  • Nominees exhibit a passion for Jewish education and learning over a number of years but need not be at one single institution.
  • All eligible nominees must show a demonstrated commitment to the Jewish community through personal involvement. If the nominee is recently retired, please describe how their commitment has continued into their retirement.
  • Nominations are encouraged from all Jewish religious streams and Jewish communal spaces.

Nomination Procedure

  • All eligible nominees must be nominated by a colleague, lay leader, or community member. The nominator’s statement should describe a nominee's achievements and explain why the nominee merits an honor for distinguished achievement. Nominators should submit the Nominator’s Form online.
  • The nominator is requested to notify the candidate of his or her nomination and to direct the candidate to the online Nominee's Form. This form requests biographical information, a statement of purpose, substantial supporting documentation, and a current resume.
  • The nominator is also asked to solicit two letters of support for the nominee. Letter of Support Forms should be completed online by those who have worked directly with the nominee in some capacity and can speak best to their excellence and character over time.
  • Eligible nominations will be retained for future consideration. The nomination packet may be updated at any point in the years following the initial nomination.
  • The nominator is responsible for ensuring all parts of the nomination are completed and submitted by Tuesday, March 2, 2021. A complete application consists of: 

Selection Procedure

  • All applications will be reviewed by the Helen Diller Awards Selection Committee, comprised of diverse educators and lay leaders from the Jewish community, who have a long-standing involvement in Jewish education.
  • During the review process, additional information may be requested from the nominator, nominee, or letter of support writers.
  • A final determination will be made in late spring 2021. The Diller Prize recipient will be honored at the Diller Educator Awards Ceremony.  

Please address questions to Diller Awards Staff or call 415.512.6265.