Erica Frankel

Harlem Dweller, Proud Introvert, Wordsmith.


Erica is the Managing Director of Hillel’s Office of Innovation, as well as a modern dancer and performer in and around New York City.


Erica proudly brings her skills and creativity as a dancer into the work of teaching and facilitation, community building, and experience design. Prior to joining the OOI team, Erica spent seven years working at NYU’s Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life, where she tripled the size of the center’s educational programming and led hundreds of students on service-learning trips around the world. While at NYU, 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 is certified as an experiential Jewish educator from 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 direct Based in Harlem, a new community for Jewish young adults based in their home.