Erica Brown

Erica Brown
Associate Professor, Jewish Education and Leadership
(202) 994-8372

Dr. Erica Brown is an associate professor at the George Washington University's Graduate School of Education and Human Development and the director of its Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership. She also consults for non-profits and serves as the community scholar for The Jewish Center in Manhattan. She previously served as the scholar-in-residence for The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, where she directed its Jewish Leadership Institute. She also held that position at the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston. Dr. Brown was a Jerusalem Fellow, is a faculty member of the Wexner Foundation, an Avi Chai Fellow, winner of the Ted Farber Professional Excellence Award, is a recipient of the 2009 Covenant Award for her work in education and the 2012 Bernie Reisman Award (Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program, Brandeis University). She lectures and writes widely on subjects of Jewish interest and leadership.

Dr. Brown is the author of 11 books. Her forthcoming book is Jonah: The Reluctant Prophet (fall, 2017). She writes a monthly column for the New York Jewish Week and London's Jewish Chronicle and has blogged for JTA, Psychology Today and Newsweek/Washington Post’s “On Faith” and tweets on one page of Talmud study a day @DrEricaBrown. She also writes Weekly Jewish Wisdom. Access her articles at

Ph.D., Baltimore Hebrew University
A.M., Near Eastern Language and Civilization, Harvard University
M.A., Judaic Studies, Jew's College, University of London
M.A., Institute of Education in Religious Education, University of London
B.A., General Philosophy and Jewish Studies, Yeshiva University


Brown, E. (2015). Take your soul to work: 365 meditations on every day leadership. New York City: Simon and Schuster.

Brown, E. (2015). Seder talk: A conversational Haggada. Jerusalem: Koren Publishers Jerusalem

Brown, E. (2014). Happier endings: A meditation on life and death. New York City: Simon and Schuster

Brown, E. (2013). Leadership in the wilderness: Authority and anarchy in the book of numbers. New Milford, CT: Maggid Books.

Brown, E. (2012). Return: Daily inspiration for the days of awe. Jerusalem: Koren Publishers Jerusalem.

Brown, E. (2011). In the narrow places: Daily inspiration for the three weeks. New Milford, CT: Maggid Books.

Brown, E. (2010). Confronting scandal: How Jews can respond when Jews do bad things. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights.

Brown, E. (2009). Spiritual boredom: Rediscovering the wonder of Judaism. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights.

Brown, E., Galperin, M., Telushkin, R. B. (2009). The case for Jewish peoplehood: Can we be one? Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights.

Brown, E. (2008). Inspired Jewish leadership: Practical approaches to building strong communities. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights.

In the News

Dr. Erica Brown was quoted in New York Jewish Week's article "The Case For Belief In A Skeptical World."

The Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership and GSEHD played host to the annual conference of the Network for Research in Jewish Education on June 10-12. Dr. Erica Brown served as conference chair, and Dr. Benjamin M. Jacobs presided as the chair of the Network. The Network is the leading international academic organization in the field of Jewish education.

Watch the recorded livestream video of The Limits of Civil Discourse featuring Moshe Halbertal, noted Israeli philosopher, professor, and writer, and Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic. The conversation was facilitated by Dr. Erica Brown, Director of the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership.

Dean Michael Feuer was quoted from his introductory remarks as well in the GW Today article about the event entitled A Religious Philosopher and a Journalist Offer Insights on Civility.