Hey! Shalom! Privyet! Welcome to Based in Harlem. A part-time Base outpost, also the home of Erica and Dimitry. 


We're long-time Harlem residents, artists, educators, and semi-recent newlyweds. Dimitry was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and grew up in Bucks County, PA. He is a jazz guitarist, a Rabbi-To-Be, and a middle school music teacher. Erica hails from Snellville, Georgia. She's a dancer and the Managing Director of Hillel’s Office of Innovation.


When we got married, we took seriously the project to "make our home a meeting place for the sages." Our favorite thing is to gather friends and neighbors in our home for shared ritual, celebratory meals, song, learning, and joyous encounters. We hope you can join us soon in home sweet Harlem. Please introduce yourself - we'd love to invite you over.


- Erica & Dimitry

Email us anytime at e.whitman.frankel@gmail.com or dekshtut@gmail.com.




Based in Harlem is made possible with the generous support of the Neshamot and Nedivot Funds, Westchester Women’s Impact Philanthropy/UJA-Federation of New York.