Antioch University’s Graduate School of Leadership and Change program is pleased to share that Dr. Bradley Levenberg has just published his dissertation entitled, Applying the Present to the Past: The Experiences of Five Civil Rights Rabbis in Context of Contemporary Leadership Theory. This research examines and highlights the experiences of particular civil rights-era rabbis including their contributions, leadership approaches, struggles, and achievements with a particular emphasis on social justice, contributing new and relevant scholarship regarding the civil rights movement, the American Jewish experience, and the intersection of the two. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Levenberg is currently serving as one of the rabbis of Temple Sinai, a congregation well known for its emphasis on inclusivity, acceptance of diversity, and commitment to lifelong learning. In addition to his doctoral degree, Rabbi Dr. Levenberg holds his undergraduate degree from Antioch College and his master’s from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.
When MaiLinh Hartz, a master’s student in the Couple and Family Therapy program, was younger, people often said she had an old soul. “I was very introspective and had time to listen and absorb people’s stories and emotions,” she explains. It’s a common narrative heard among people who work in the mental health field that they were always, in some way, drawn to care. As a student, she is expanding what it means to take care of others—not just as a therapist, but as a peer.