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About Me

Pamela GottfriedPamela Jay Gottfried is a rabbi, parent, teacher and the author of Found in Translation: Common Words of Uncommon Wisdom.  An inveterate Scrabble player and New York Times Crossword Puzzle fanatic, she credits her love of words to her parents, who encouraged her to develop her vocabulary through reading and using the dictionary at an early age. Since her rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1993, Gottfried has taught students of all ages in churches, colleges, community centers, schools and synagogues.

She is an alumna of Clal’s Rabbis Without Borders, whose faculty has helped her deepen her understanding of Jewish wisdom and develop new skills for teaching Torah in the 21st century. She is currently writing her second book, Encountering Angels: Reading Genesis with my Children.

A Word about Art:

Many people have asked about my work as a potter, which is another form of creative expression for me.  I find that working in the pottery studio, in a tactile world removed from the Internet, helps to foster my creativity and stimulate my imagination.  Photos of my work can be viewed at PJ’s Pottery on Facebook.