Rabbi Pamela Frydman by Ellen ShiremanRabbi Pam Frydman has served Congregation B’nai Emunah since August 2018. Beginning in October 2019, she also serves as President of the Board of Rabbis of Northern California.

She was the founding Rabbi of Or Shalom Jewish Community in San Francisco. She also served Congregation P’nai Tikvah in Las Vegas.

She is also a Holocaust researcher, she served as Director of the Holocaust Education Project for the Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles and she has begun a book on the Holocaust for which she interviewed Rabbi Ted Alexander, of blessed memory, Gertrude Alexander and Ruth Callman, of blessed memory.

Previously, Rabbi Pam served as Coordinator of the Beyond Genocide Project, helping 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 also served as founding Co-Chair of the Rabbinic Advisory Council of Shalom Bayit, working to end domestic violence in Jewish homes. She was founding Co-Chair of Rabbis for Women of the Wall. She also Chaired 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. She is also an occasional blogger for The Times of Israel.

She is a co-author of “The Bible and The Quran, Revelations, Commonalities and Differences” with Despina Namwembe of Uganda, and Dr. Ejaz Naqvi and Ifthekar Hai of the Bay.

She earned her BA in Psychology and Linguistics from Tel Aviv University. She was ordained as a rabbi by B’nai Or Rabbinic Fellowship, now the Aleph Ordination Program. Later, she 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 and she relies upon her acquired skills in her interfaith and social justice work.