Bio

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Rabbi Pamela Frydman serves as Interim Rabbi of Congregation Pnai Tikvah in Las Vegas.

She is Coordinator of the SAVE US FROM GENOCIDE and BEYOND GENOCIDE campaigns, which earned a 2016 Global Citizen Award from the United Nations Association, East Bay Chapter.

She also serves as Chair of the Executive Committee of Rabbis for Religious Freedom and Equality in Israel, a project of Hiddush.

From 2010 to 2015, she served as International Co-Chair of Rabbis for Women of the Wall.

Rabbi Pam was founding rabbi of Or Shalom Jewish Community in San Francisco, where she piloted a training program for teens to become religious school teachers and role models for younger children. She also created a Torah study model for adults to promote lay leadership in teaching and studying Torah.

She is a leader in the Jewish Renewal Movement and was the first woman to serve as President of OHALAH, the international association of Jewish Renewal rabbis and cantors. She is a founder of Shalom Bayit, Jewish Women Working to End Domestic Violence, and co-founder of Shalom Bayit’s Rabbinic Advisory Council. She served on the Organizing Committee of Beyond Silence, a campaign to raise consciousness about abuse in the San Francisco Bay Area. She designed the “Protecting our Youth” website for the Board of Rabbis of Northern California and is a contributing editor of the “Combatting Child and Teen Sexual Abuse” site for Jewish Learning Works.

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

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Tel Aviv University in linguistics and psychology. She holds rabbinic ordination from B’nai Or Religious Fellowship, predecessor to the ALEPH Ordination Program. Subsequent to her ordination, she also served on the Rabbinic Cabinet for academic oversight of her alma mater.

She was a founding member and leader of the Aquarian Minyan of Berkeley, the first Jewish Renewal havurah, and a few years ago, she returned to help lead high holy days. She also served as guest rabbi at Ad Olam in Eugene Oregon.

Prior to entering the rabbinate, she studied Sufism, Buddhism and Theosophy. She continues to teach in Sufi Ruhaniat International, she leads Dances of Universal Peace and she is a teacher in the Inayati-Maimuni Order founded by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi.

While a rabbinic student, she created a religious school education model based on self-motivation and love of learning.

She is the author of Calling on God, Sacred Jewish Teachings for Seekers of All Faiths and a number of prayer books.