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About Maya Bernstein

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Maya’s writing has appeared in the Cider Press Review, the Eunoia Review, the Harvard Business Review, On the Seawall, Poetica Magazine, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Tablet Magazine, and elsewhere.


She is a founder of UpStart Lab, and the founding co-director of Georgetown University’s Certificate in Facilitation, where she is currently on faculty. Maya is also on the faculty of the Masa Leadership Center in Jerusalem and Yeshivat Maharat. Maya holds a B.A in Russian Language and Literature from Columbia College, a Master’s Degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, and is a recipient of the Jane Cooper Fellowship at Sarah Lawrence College, where she is pursuing an MFA in Poetry. Maya serves on the board of Yetzirah, A Hearth for Jewish Poetry. She is a 2012 recipient of the Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize for emerging leaders in the Jewish community.

Maya’s debut album of original tunes to traditional texts, “Shiviti,” with Noah Solomon, was released in 2021, her second, "The Whole Soul," was released in 2023, and her first collection of poetry is There Is No Place Without You (Ben Yehuda Press, 2022). Maya grew up in NY and Jerusalem, and began her career on Sesame Street. She currently lives in Yonkers, NY with her family.

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