Erica is a graphic designer, Judaica artist, writer, community organizer, vocalist (mezzo-soprano) and performer. After almost 25 years in Boston and NYC, she returned home to Northwest Indiana in April 2014.
She grew up in Valparaiso, a medium-sized exurb college town about an hour outside of Chicago. After graduating from Brandeis University in 1993, she converted to Judaism in February 1996, at the age of 23. For the ensuing 15 years, she was deeply involved at Temple Beth Shalom (the Tremont Street Shul) in Cambridge, MA, and subsequently at Town & Village Synagogue in lower Manhattan.
For almost 20 years, Aaron was the only thing she ever thought would be worth coming back to Indiana for. In 2014, she finally married him and moved into his family home in Merrillville, where they and their daughter now live on 5.5 acres amid a vast collection of Star Wars memorabilia and a slightly less vast collection of musical instruments.
She is popularly known as the Human Jukebox and will take all comers at Encore. She still maintains the only known fan site for 1990s Brandeis campus band Falling August. She is a staunch supporter of the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and Medical Students for Choice. Other things in which she takes a particular interest:
- Peanuts (although no relation to Charles Schulz)
- The Hebrew alphabet
- Languages and linguistics
- Healing modalities ranging from psychotherapy to bodywork
- Ethical non-monogamy
- Contra dancing, in Boston, NYC, and now northwest Indiana
- Puzzles and games
She had for many years the username “muffin”. This legacy is preserved today in her line of shiny candylike 1″ buttons, MuffinButtons.com.