Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership


Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership

Great leaders strengthen and change cultures, attract talent, and stretch others, maximizing their natural gifts and taking them farther than they thought possible. We believe that really great leadership also demands high ethical standards, mindfulness, intentionality and a deep desire to grow other people to reach their potential. The world’s religious traditions offer profound insights into these aspects of leadership. At the Mayberg Center, we draw on the deep wellsprings of Jewish knowledge and the best of contemporary research to study the art and practice of leadership within a challenging university setting to address real-world issues, bolster conceptual frameworks and help you develop practical leadership skills.

Louis and Manette Mayberg


From left: Dr. Erica Brown, Manette Mayberg, Louis Mayberg, President Steven Knapp, and Dean Michael Feuer at the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership opening.

Our Mission

The Mayberg Center is dedicated to advancing community-based scholarship in the field of leadership and professional development for the Jewish community and beyond. Housed in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD), the Center is a vibrant laboratory for teaching, learning, and educational engagement. We are committed to cultivating a diverse intellectual community that bridges the work of academics and practitioners for critical conversations about the way leadership, sourced in Judaism and other wisdom communities, has the power to transform individuals and organizations, nationally and globally.

We accomplish this by:

  • Offering programs on challenging, contemporary issues with an interdisciplinary approach that brings academics and practitioners together in conversation to enrich their research and their work.
  • Presenting opportunities to learn the art of leadership with an array of experts in the field.
  • Partnering with other nonprofits and educational institutions in a consultant capacity to train their professionals and lay boards using cutting-edge leadership literature in consonance with Jewish and other wisdom texts to build a reflective, open, and thoughtful learning communities.



Explore Our Programs

The Mayberg Center provides programming that brings academics and practitioners into conversation with each other to catalyze creativity and innovation, both in theory and in practice.

Fellowship & Summer Institute on Antisemitism & Jewish Inclusion in Educational Settings

In 2023, GSEHD and the Mayberg Center launched a fellowship program for teacher education faculty at university schools of education, campus administrators, and DEI officers, focused on how to recognize, study, and teach antisemitism and foster Jewish inclusion within university-based schools, colleges, and departments of education and other educational settings. Learn more about the Fellowship >

Conversations that Matter

This annual lecture presents well-known academics and practitioners in conversation with each other on leadership issues of national and spiritual importance from a Jewish lens. Previous panel discussions focused on character education, civil discourse, social justice, history and truth-telling, forgiveness and brought together luminaries from multiple disciplines including David Brooks, Ruth Messinger, Jeffrey Goldberg, Sarah Hurwitz, Moshe Halbertal, Dara Horn, Deborah Lipstadt and David Gregory.

Professional Development Seminars

The Center runs seminars for Jewish educators and nonprofit professionals using GSEHD faculty, national and local specialists on topics such as teacher assessment and evaluation, communication and effective social media use, and anxiety management for both teachers and students. These days provide networking opportunities while bringing academics and consultants into a rich exchange with practitioners, illustrating the Center’s commitment to community-based scholarship.


The Mayberg Center selects issues of national or international importance that could benefit from a deeper immersive, interdisciplinary conversation over the course of a day or a multi-day cohort based experience. We then identify key stakeholders and experts – senior professionals, lay leadership, and funders - to enhance collaboration and develop new ideas for the field. For example, we brought together heads of major North American Jewish nonprofits that provide a variety of leadership development opportunities to assess their effectiveness and share best practices. We have also hosted the Network for Research in Jewish Education Conference.


The Mayberg Center brought extraordinary wisdom, creativity and professionalism to a major collaborative initiative. Their understanding of the field of Jewish thought and approaches to conveying Jewish wisdom in ways that engage and excite participants is truly remarkable.

David Raphael
CEO & Co-Founder, Jewish Grandparents Network

The Mayberg Center has been an invaluable thought partner in working with HIAS lay and professional leadership as well as our diverse staff across the globe to help us articulate, educate ourselves, and model those core values which define us as a Jewish organization.

Mark Hetfield
President and CEO, 

The Mayberg Center provides Momentum with valuable educational and leadership consultation which contributes tremendously to the success and impact of our initiatives.

Dr. Ronit Ziv-Kreger
Director, Education and Leadership Development,


Upcoming Events

There are currently no events available.

Past Events

Leadership Lunches

We are honored to have hosted webinars with influential leaders in the Jewish community focusing on topics such as inclusive leadership and leadership in transition. 

Conversations That Matter

This annual lecture presents well-known academics and practitioners in conversation with each other on leadership issues of national and spiritual importance from a Jewish lens. 

View All Past Events & Watch Recordings >



collage of 4 photos from speakers at Conversations that Matter events


Mayberg Center In the News

Dr. Ben Jacobs stands behind podium and addresses the 2023 Fellows in a classroom setting

GSEHD Fellowship Addresses Antisemitism and Fosters Jewish Inclusion

The Fellowship & Summer Institute on Antisemitism and Jewish Inclusion, sponsored by Naomi Foundation and Academic Engagement Network, is accepting applicants.

The Collaboratory: A Center for Jewish Education | Where Engaged Scholarship, Research, and Practice Meet

Announcing The Collaboratory: A Center for Jewish Education

GSEHD unveiled a new center for Jewish education. “The Collaboratory” will incubate new ideas and engage the public in new approaches to Jewish education.

A Special {Video} Thanks to All Our Teachers during COVID

In an effort to share appreciation for our teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mayberg Center put together a special video.

Mayberg Center Connects Academics and Work of Jewish Orgs

Learn more about the mission of GSEHD's newest center, the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership.



Dr. Benjamin Jacobs headshot

Contact Us

Dr. Benjamin Jacobs

Interim Director, Mayberg Center;
Associate Research Professor & Graduate Program Director, Israel Education and Experiential Jewish Education, GSEHD;
Special Assistant to the Dean for Jewish Studies Programs

Learn more about Dr. Jacobs >