Erica Brown

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

Dr. Erica Brown is the director of the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership and an associate professor of curriculum and pedagogy at The George Washington University. Erica was a Jerusalem Fellow, is a faculty member of the Wexner Foundation, an Avi Chai Fellow and the recipient of the 2009 Covenant Award for her work in education. She is the author of twelve books on leadership, the Hebrew Bible and spirituality; her newest book is The Book of Esther: Power, Fate and Fragility in Exile (Koren). She has been published in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Tablet, First Things, and The Jewish Review of Books and wrote a monthly column for the New York Jewish Week. She has blogged for Psychology Today, Newsweek/Washington Post’s “On Faith” and JTA and tweeted on one page of Talmud study a day at DrEricaBrown.

Erica enjoys conducting interviews and moderating panels to get to know writers, thinkers and opinion makers and has been called the “Terry Gross of the Jewish world.” She has interviewed former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, David Brooks, Jeffrey Goldberg, David Gregory, Moshe Halbertal, Shai Held, Leon Wieseltier, Yehuda Mersky, Ruth Messinger, Sarah Hurwitz, David Makovsky, Dennis Ross, Deborah Lipstadt and others.

Erica has degrees from Yeshiva University, University of London, Harvard University and Baltimore Hebrew University. She previously served as the scholar-in-residence at both The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston and as the community scholar for the Jewish Center of New York. She currently serves as a community scholar for Congregation Etz Chaim in Livingston, NJ. Erica is also the author of Jonah: The Reluctant Prophet, Take Your Soul to Work: 365 Meditations on Every Day Leadership and Happier Endings: A Meditation on Life and Death (Simon and Schuster), which won both the Wilbur and Nautilus awards for spiritual writing. Her previous books include Inspired Jewish Leadership, a National Jewish Book Award finalist, Spiritual Boredom, Confronting Scandal and co-authored The Case for Jewish Peoplehood (All Jewish Lights). She also wrote Seder Talk: A Conversational Haggada, Leadership in the Wilderness, In the Narrow Places and Return: Daily Inspiration for the Days of Awe (All OU/Koren).

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. (2020) Esther - Power, Fate and Fragility in Exile New Milford, CT: The Toby Press.

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

On Monday, January 27th, GSEHD's Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership partnered with three area schools to present a morning of professional development for approximately 3,00 teachers on student anxiety. Dr. Erica Brown interviewed Dr. Beth Tuckwiller, who addressed case studies in student anxiety and also spoke about the importance of teacher wellness.

Dr. Erica Brown published an article in The Atlantic entitled, "Tweeting the Talmud - The ancient text was never intended for Twitter. Then again, it was never intended for women either". In addition, Dr.

Dr. Erica Brown had a paper accepted to the Journal of Religious Education entitled "The Relationship of Vulnerability to Religiosity in the Adult Jewish Learner."

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