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Rabbi Pam Frydman has been serving Congregation B’nai Emunah since August 2018. Click here for her weekly Rabbi’s Message.
“It is an honor and treasure to serve our warm welcoming community,” said Rabbi Pam, “and it is honor to served as part of the Southside Jewish Collaborative consisting of Or Shalom Jewish Community, Congregation Beth Israel Judea and Congregation Ner Tamid.”
Rabbi Pam was the founding Rabbi of Or Shalom Jewish Community in San Francisco. She also served Congregation P’nai Tikvah in Las Vegas. She has also begun writing a book on the Holocaust for which she interviewed Rabbi Ted Alexander z”l, Gertrude Alexander and Ruth Callman z”l of Congregation B’nai Emunah.
Rabbi Pam earned a 2016 Global Citizen Award from the United Nations Association, East Bay Chapter, for her leadership in the Beyond Genocide Campaign, helping to raise consciousness about the Yazidi People and Assyrian Christians facing genocide in Iraq. She shares this award with the Board of Rabbis of Northern California, the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, the Marin Interfaith Council, the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council and the Interfaith Center at the Presidio.
She was founding Co-Chair of Rabbis for Women of the Wall. She Chaired Ruach Hiddush, Rabbis and Cantors for Religious Freedom and Equality in Israel. She served on the Organizing Committee of the Beyond Silence Campaign raising awareness about the prevention and reporting of child abuse in the Bay Area Jewish Community. She also served as founding Chair of the Rabbinic Advisory Council of Shalom Bayit, whose mission is to end domestic violence in Jewish homes.
She is author of Calling on God, Sacred Jewish Teachings for Seekers of All Faiths. Her essay, “Unseemly, Very Unseemly” is included in The Minyan, A Tapestry of Jewish Life by Patti Moskovitz. Her essay “Practical Spirituality: Judaic and Multi-faith Practices of Transformation” is included in Practical Spirituality and Human Development, Edited by Ananta Kumar Giri.
She is also 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. Their co-authored article has been accepted for presentation at the 8th International Holy Books Conference in Singapore.
Rabbi Pam earned her BA in Psychology and Linguistics from Tel Aviv University. She was ordained as a rabbi by B’nai Or Rabbinic Fellowship, now called the Aleph Ordination Program, and after ordination, she served on the Rabbinic Cabinet for academic oversight of her alma mater.