Seuda Shlishit: Dr Erica Brown

Dr. Erica Brown is the Vice Provost for Values and Leadership at Yeshiva University and the founding director of its Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks/Herenstein Center for Values and Leadership. She previously served as the director of the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership at The George Washington University and as the Scholar-in-Residence for the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Erica was a Jerusalem Fellow, an Avi Chai Fellow, the recipient of the 2009 Covenant Award, and is a faculty member of the Wexner Foundation. She has written or co-authored 15 books on the Hebrew Bible, spirituality, and leadership and has been published in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Tablet, First Things, and The Jewish Review of Books, wrote a monthly column for the New York Jewish Week and is a consulting editor for the journal Tradition. Her latest book is Kohelet and the Search for Meaning (Maggid, 2023). She currently serves as a community scholar for Congregation Etz Chaim in Livingston, New Jersey. Erica has interviewed Isaac Herzog, the President of Israel, Madeleine Albright, David Brooks, Jeffrey Goldberg, Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt, David Gregory, Dennis Ross, David Makovsky, Sarah Hurwitz, Ruth Messinger, and Dara Horn, among others. She tweets on one page of Talmud study a day at the twitter handle @DrEricaBrown. She is the proud mother of four children, four in-law children, and five beautiful grandchildren.