Adapting: Esther and Vashti- Heroines of the Purim Story With Dr. Erica Brown

February 24, 2021

Dr. Erica Brown of The George Washington University discusses Esther and Vashti, dual heroines of the Purim story, and what we can learn about honoring the heroism of Jewish educators today.

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In this conversation Dr. Erica Brown of George Washington University discusses Esther and Vashti, dual heroines of the Purim story, and what we can learn about honoring the heroism of Jewish educators today. She is joined by The Jewish Education Project’s CEO David Bryfman, and Nessa Liben, Chief Advancement Officer, to discuss the role of women in the Purim story and how empowering women in Jewish leadership today strengthens communities.

Meet the Guest

Dr. Erica Brown

Dr. Erica Brown is the director of the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership and an associate professor at The George Washington University. She is the author of twelve books and her newest book, The Book of Esther: Power, Fate and Fragility in Exile is a finalist in the Modern Jewish Thought category of the 2020 National Jewish Book Awards.

Meet the Co-Host 

Nessa Liben

Nessa Liben is the Chief of Advancement at The Jewish Education Project. Previously, she was the Director of Community Outreach and Engagement at UJA-Federation of New York. Nessa is a Wexner Graduate Fellowship alumna, and a participant in Jewish Women International’s Jewish Communal Women’s Leadership Project.

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