Harlem Dweller, Proud Introvert, Choreographer.
Erica Frankel is the Director of the Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Experience, the think and do tank of Jewish education of Hillel International. In this role she steers the Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF), the largest Jewish educational program on North American college campuses. Erica previously spent seven years working at NYU’s Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life, where she was recipient of the Give-A-Violet Award, the university’s most prestigious professional recognition.
Erica holds a BFA in Dance and an MA in Dance and Sacred Texts from NYU and studied experiential Jewish education at Yeshiva University. She has been a PARADIGM Fellow at Paidea: The Institute for European Jewish Studies in Sweden, a Ruskay Fellow at UJA-Federation of New York, and a Harrison LAPID Fellow at Hillel. Erica and her husband Dimitry live in Harlem, where they are Co-Founders of Kehillat Harlem, an exceedingly diverse Jewish community and “maker-minyan" in their neighborhood. They also founded and direct Based in Harlem, a new community for Jewish young adults based in their home which mobilizes more than 500 people each year.