Meet Rabbi Pam

Rabbi Pamela Frydman by Ellen ShiremanRabbi Pam Frydman is a Chaplain in Residence at Stanford University and President of the Northern California Board of Rabbis.

She was founding Rabbi of Or Shalom Jewish Community in San Francisco. Recently she served as Interim Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Emunah in San Francisco and served previously as Interim Rabbi of Congregation P’nai Tikvah in Las Vegas.

Rabbi Pam is a Holocaust researcher and genocide prevention activist. She served as Director of the Holocaust Education Project for the Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles and has begun a book on the Holocaust for which she interviewed many survivors, including members of her own family and also include Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l (founder of the Jewish Renewal Movement) and Rabbi Ted Alexander z”l (Congregation B’nai Emunah).

She served as Coordinator of the Beyond Genocide Project, helping to raise consciousness about the Yazidi People and Assyrian Christians who faced genocide in Iraq. She and the Project earned a 2016 Global Citizen Humanitarian Hero Award from the United Nations Association, East Bay Chapter. She shares the award with the Board of Rabbis of Northern California, the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, the Marin Interfaith Council, the Silicon Valley Inter-religious Council and the Interfaith Center at the Presidio.

She served on the Organizing Committee of the Beyond Silence Campaign, raising consciousness about the prevention and reporting of child abuse in the Bay Area Jewish Community. She was a founding Co-Chair of the Rabbinic Advisory Council of Shalom Bayit, working to end domestic violence in Jewish homes. She was also founding Co-Chair of Rabbis for Women of the Wall and founding Chair of Ruach Hiddush, Rabbis and Cantors for Religious Freedom and Equality in Israel.

She is the author of Calling on God, Sacred Jewish Teachings for Seekers of All Faiths. 

Her essay, “Unseemly, Very Unseemly” appears in The Minyan, A Tapestry of Jewish Life by Patti Moskovitz. Her essay “Practical Spirituality: Judaic and Multi-faith Practices of Transformation” appears in Practical Spirituality and Human Development, edited by Ananta Kumar Giri. Her essay, “Holy Jewish Texts and Teachings About Peace” appears in the Keanean Journal of Arts, Volume VI-2019, of Lady Keane College, Shillong, India. She is co-author of “The Bible and The Quran, Revelations, Commonalities and Differences” with Despina Namwembe of Uganda, Dr. Ejaz Naqvi and Ifthekar Hai. This latter work was presented during the 2015 Parliament of World Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is also an occasional blogger for The Times of Israel.

She earned her bachelors degree in Psychology and Linguistics from Tel Aviv University. She was ordained as a rabbi by B’nai Or Religious Fellowship, now the Aleph Ordination Program. She later served on the Rabbinic Cabinet for academic oversight of her alma mater. 

Prior to entering the rabbinate, she studied other faiths and paths, including Sufism, Buddhism and Theosophy.