Bio

Pam 2015 with short hair 1Pam Frydman is a rabbi, educator, pastoral counselor and author,

She was the founding Rabbi of Or Shalom Jewish Community in San Francisco, where she founded a religious education model based on self-motivation and love of learning. She also founded a training program for teenagers to become religious school teachers, childcare providers and role models for younger children. In addition, she founded a Torah study model for adults focusing on pshat and midrash (the actual Torah text as well as the teachings of the commentators).

She has taught and led in Conservative, Reform, Renewal and independent congregations. She served as a Rabbinic Intern at the Aquarian Minyan of Berkeley and as Interim Rabbi of Congregation Pnai Tikvah in Las Vegas.

She is a Holocaust researcher and served as Director of the Holocaust Education Project at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California. She has authored Holocaust short stories and is working on a book.

She serves on the Executive Committee and is former Chair of Ruach Hiddush, Rabbis and Cantors for Religious Freedom and Equality in Israel. She was also a founding Co-Chair of Rabbis for Women of the Wall.

She serves as founding Coordinator of the Beyond Genocide Campaign raising consciousness about Yazidis facing genocide in Iraq and Syria, a campaign that earned a 2016 Global Citizen Award from the United Nations Association, East Bay Chapter.

She was the first woman to serve as President of OHALAH, the international association of Jewish Renewal rabbis and cantors, and she presently chairs the Ohalah Ethics Committee.

She served on the Board of Shalom Bayit, Jewish Women Working to End Domestic Violence, and co-founded Shalom Bayit’s Rabbinic Advisory Council that grew from a modest number to over 80 rabbis from Ultra Orthodox to Reform. She served on the Organizing Committee of Beyond Silence, a campaign raising consciousness about child abuse. As part of the Beyond Silence Campaign, she designed a “Protecting our Youth” website for the Board of Rabbis of Northern California and was a contributing editor for “Combatting Child and Teen Sexual Abuse” hosted on the website of Jewish Learning Works.

Prior to entering the rabbinate, she studied other faiths and paths, including Sufism, Buddhism and Theosophy and she uses her acquired skills in her interfaith and social justice work.

She is the author of Calling on God, Sacred Jewish Teachings for Seekers of All Faiths and a number of prayer books. She is also an occasional blogger for The Times of Israel.