Erica Frankel

Modern Dancer, Proud Introvert, Wordsmith


Erica is one-half of Based in Harlemthe Associate VP for Jewish Experience at Hillel’s Office of Innovation, and a dancer and performer.


Erica proudly brings her skills and creativity as a dancer into the work of teaching and facilitation, community building, and experience design. In her current work, she directs the largest Jewish educational program on college campuses in North America. Previously, 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 is a Wexner Field Fellow and 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 with their daughter Maayan, and in addition to Base they are Co-Founders of Kehillat Harlem, a “maker-minyan" and the first new synagogue in their neighborhood in over a century.