So much of leadership is connected to our ability to understand and articulate the challenges that we are up against. It is often quite difficult to accurately diagnose our problems – especially if they are those sticky problems that seem to never go away. In this session, we will explore a lens that will help us better understand and articulate challenges. This lens, developed by Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky, faculty members at Harvard, takes the form of the distinction between “Technical” and “Adaptive” challenges. We will begin to develop our ability to use this lens to answer the “What’s the Problem” question in a wide variety of examples, and then turn the lens onto the challenges we face in our communities.

Please mark your calendars for this interactive videoconference session which will begin with 30 minutes of concentrated teaching and then allow for up to 30 minutes of questions and discussion.


Tuesday, June 2

10:00 am PST – 1:00 pm EST – 20:00 Israel time

Maya Bernstein

“So What’s the Problem?”

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Tech and RSVP Information

We will be using a new technology called Zoom, which is similar to Skype and Google Hangout.  Zoom allows up to 100 people to participate and is free to use. You will need to be at a computer, iPad or smartphone with internet, camera, a mic, and speakers to participate fully. If you don’t have a camera or mic you can still “zoom in” — as long as you have internet and speakers you will be able to listen just like a conference call. You can also dial in from a phone. To register and receive instructions, please email Aliza Storchan. As registration is limited to 100 participants, please only register if you are certain to attend.

Maya Bernstein is a founding member and Associate at UpStart, a non-profit accelerator that inspires and advances innovative ideas that contribute to the continued growth and vitality of Jewish life. She consults on leadership and change processes, tools for innovation and creativity, program design and strategic planning, and she weaves Jewish texts and concepts into her teaching and facilitation.

Maya’s work has included consulting on change and innovation for JCCs, schools, and synagogues; writing curriculum for Shalom Sesame, the Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation, and the American Jewish Committee; teaching for the Jim Joseph Foundation, Kevah, and the Wexner Heritage Program; and serving as the founding Regional Director of The Curriculum Initiative’s New England and Bay Area regions, supporting diversity education and Jewish life at prep schools. Her writing has appeared online and in print in a variety of publications, including The Jewish Week, eJewish philanthropy, Sh’ma, Zeek and The Huffington Post.  ​Maya also blogs about the joys and challenges of modern Jewish motherhood for Kveller. She serves on G-dcast’s board and on the board of her synagogue, Emek Beracha. A graduate of Midreshet Lindenbaum, a women’s Yeshiva in Jerusalem, Columbia University, and Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Maya has lived, taught and spoken with the natives in Belarus, Germany, Israel and China. She is a 2012 recipient of the Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize. Maya and her husband, Noam Silverman, a Wexner graduate fellow, will be relocating this summer with their four children from the Bay Area, where they have lived for over a decade, to the NY area.