About Me

Gottfried March 2015

Photo Credit: Jamie Howell

Pamela Jay Gottfried is a rabbi, parent, teacher, artist and author. 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 ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1993, Gottfried has taught students of all ages in churches, colleges, community centers, mosques, schools, summer camps and synagogues. She is a member of the American Guild of Judaic Art and an alumna of Clal’s Rabbis Without Borders, whose mission is to make Jewish wisdom available to those seeking to enrich their lives. 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.  Recently, I have experimented with various media, including oil pastels and Found Object Sculpture. Some photos and artist statements are posted here. Additional photos of my work can be viewed at PJ’s Pottery on Facebook.