Meet Rabbi Pam

Rabbi Pamela Frydman by Ellen ShiremanPam Frydman serves as a chaplain at Tufts Medicine Care at Home (Merrimack Valley Hospice, a division of Home Health Foundation) where she provides spiritual and religious support to hospice patients and families. She was the founding Rabbi of Or Shalom Jewish Community in San Francisco, Interim Rabbi of Congregation P’nai Tikvah in Las Vegas, and Interim Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Emunah in San Francisco (now Am Tikvah). She is a Holocaust researcher, she served as Director of the Holocaust Education Project for the Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles and has begun a book of stories based on interviews with survivors. Arising from the suffering of the Holocaust both within and beyond her own family, she has developed an interest in genocide prevention and addressing genocides in process.

She served as Coordinator of Save Us From Genocide (SUFG) and Beyond Genocide (BG), helping to raise consciousness about the Yazidi People and Assyrian Christians who faced genocide in Iraq. SUFG and BG earned a 2016 Global Citizen Humanitarian Hero Award from the United Nationals Association (East Bay Chapter), which is shared by the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, the Marin Interfaith Council, the Silicon Valley Inter-religious Council, the Interfaith Center at the Presidio, and the Northern California Board of Rabbis.

She is past President of the Northern California Board of Rabbis. She is also past President of Ohalah, Association of Rabbis and Cantors for Jewish Renewal, where she also served on the Ethics Committee. She served on the Organizing Committee of Beyond Silence, raising consciousness about the prevention and reporting of child abuse in the Bay Area Jewish Community. Presently, she is a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and serves on the APSAC Faith Committee.

She served on the Board of Shalom Bayit, working to end domestic violence in Jewish homes, and was founding Co-Chair of Shalom Bayit’s Rabbinic Advisory Council. She was 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 co-authored a chapter in the Eighth International Holy Books Conference  Anthology (2020) entitled “The Bible and The Quran, Revelations, Commonalities and Differences” with Despina Namwembe, Dr. Ejaz Naqvi, and Ifthekar Hai.

She earned her bachelors degree Tel Aviv University, majoring in psychology and linguistics. She was trained and ordained as a rabbi by B’nai Or Religious Fellowship, now the Aleph Ordination Program. After ordination, she served on the P’nai Or Rabbinic Cabinet for academic oversight. 

Prior to entering the rabbinate, she studied Sufism, Buddhism and Theosophy. She is a past President of the San Francisco Lodge of the Theosophical Society. She is a  dance leader of the Dances of Universal Peace. She teaches Jewish and multi-faith, chant and meditation in the Inayati Maimuni Order and Sufi Ruhaniat International and occasionally as a guest teacher in other multi-faith settings.