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 ericabrown.com.

Education
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

Publications

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 has just published a commentary on the Book of Jonah entitled, Jonah: The Reluctant Prophet (OU/Maggid Press).

Dr. Erica Brown moderated a discussion with David Brooks from The New York Times and Leon Weiseltier from the Brookings Institution about integrity, identity, and education as part of the Dinner and Discussion launch event for the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership on March 15. In case you missed it, you can watch the video of the powerful exchange.

GSEHD hosted a Dinner and Discussion launch event for the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership. The evening included remarks from Louis and Manette Mayberg, Dean Michael Feuer, and President Knapp. Dr. Erica Brown moderated a discussion with David Brooks from The New York Times and Leon Weiseltier from the Brookings Institution about integrity, identity, and education.