Rabbi Pamela Frydman is a founding co-organizer of Rabbis for Religious Freedom and Equality in Israel, a project of Hiddush. She serves on the Organizing Committee of Beyond Silence, a Northern California campaign to raise consciousness about abuse. From 2010 to 2015, she also served as International Co-Chair of Rabbis for Women of the Wall.
She was a leader in OHALAH, the international association of Jewish Renewal rabbis and cantors and the first woman to serve as OHALAH’s President. She was a founding leader in Shalom Bayit, Jewish Women Working to End Domestic Violence, and she continues to serve on Shalom Bayit’s Rabbinic Advisory Council.
She was the founding rabbi of Or Shalom Jewish Community in San Francisco, now a Reconstructionist synagogue. While serving as rabbi of Or Shalom, she created a training program for teens to become religious school teachers and role models for younger children. She also created a model of Torah study for adults that encourages students to read the original text before studying the commentaries.
She served as Director of a three-year Holocaust Education Project at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California, she has authored Holocaust short stories and is presently writing a book on the subject.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and psychology from Tel Aviv University and rabbinic ordination from B’nai Or Religious Fellowship, predecessor to the ALEPH Ordination Program.
Prior to entering the rabbinate, she studied Sufism, Buddhism and Theosophy. She continues to teach in Sufi Ruhaniat International and is a leader of the Dances of Universal Peace. She also served on the Board of the San Francisco Lodge of the Theosophical Society and as a founding member and leader of the Aquarian Minyan of Berkeley.
While a rabbinic student, she founded a model of religious school education based upon the creation and fostering of self-motivation and love of learning among children and teens.
Her publications include Calling on God, Sacred Jewish Teachings for Seekers of All Faiths and a number of prayer books.