Erica Frankel


Erica Frankel is the Executive Director of OOI, an innovation laboratory which launches, catalyzes, and scales new projects to advance Jewish life.

Erica previously served as the Associate Vice President and Director of the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Experience for Hillel International. In this role, she grew Hillel’s signature program, the Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF), from one campus to more than 270, making it the largest pluralistic Jewish educational program on campus or beyond. Before that, Erica spent seven years working with emerging adults at NYU’s Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life. She has spent over a decade training and coaching rabbis across the denominational spectrum in spiritual leadership, experiential education, and community building.

Erica holds a BFA in Dance and an MA in Dance and Sacred Texts from NYU, and she is currently a Wexner Field Fellow. Erica and her husband Dimitry live in Harlem with their daughter Maayan, where they are Co-Founders of Kehillat Harlem, an all-comers minyan engaging more than 150 households, as well as Based in Harlem, a new community for Jewish young adults based in their home which mobilizes more than 500 people each year.