Pamela Rothstein2018-07-05T10:37:42-05:00

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Pamela RothsteinPamela Rothstein serves as Director of Lifelong Learning at the Falmouth Jewish Congregation. From the original appointment as Religious School Director in 1999, her position has expanded to better reflect her own, this congregation’s, and the Union for Reform Judaism’s commitment to lifelong Jewish learning.

Ms. Rothstein was born in Chicago, IL in 1961 and raised in Worcester, MA, where her family belonged to Temple Emanuel. She attended Brown University and was graduated in 1983 with a B.A. in Russian Studies, magna cum laude. After living for several years in Yugoslavia, Ms. Rothstein pursued graduate study in the Ph.D. program in history at Yale University, where she earned an A.B.D. in East European and Balkan history (specializing in Yugoslavia) in 1991.

After leaving academia and moving to Falmouth in 1994, Ms. Rothstein first became involved in Jewish learning as a member of the Religious School Committee before accepting the invitation to serve as Religious School Director. Since becoming Director of Lifelong Learning she has expanded learning opportunities for members of all ages. The continuing obligation of Jewish learning is reflected at the FJC by its seamless integration into all aspects of congregational life and activities, from holidays to worship, committee meetings to Social Action. It is Ms. Rothstein’s view that Jewish learning has the potential to transform one’s Jewish identity and engagement, deepening both the individual’s and collective’s relationship with Jewish tradition. By providing opportunities for all ages, abilities, and interests, she aims to maintain a vital, creative, and stimulating connection to Judaism for all members of our congregation.

Ms. Rothstein’s interests are wide-ranging, but areas of special concern that are often reflected in programming include: literature, film, history, the Shoah, German-Jewish relations, cooking, and the arts. She is active professionally, having participated in URJ conference panels and written book discussion guides for the URJ’s Significant Jewish Books.

Ms. Rothstein’s passion for tikkun olam has most recently taken the form of her work on the Steering Committee of No Place for Hate – Falmouth, her service on the Town of Falmouth’s Bikeways Committee, her service on the Neighborhood Falmouth Advisory Committee, and her role on the committee that established and maintains Falmouth’s first dog park. In recognition of her civic engagement, Ms. Rothstein was honored as “Citizen of the Year” in 2017 by the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce. In January 2018, based on her leadership in No Place for Hate – Falmouth, she will be among the recipients of recognition for Human Rights work by the Church Women United of Cape Cod.

In her non-working and non-service time, Pamela is usually found outdoors in nature, on foot or on bicycle, sometimes with her beloved dog.

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From the desk of Pamela Rothstein

“Beautiful Fool”

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Novelist Jennifer Acker Presents a Jewish Book Council Author Talk on January 23

Novelist Jennifer Acker Presents The Limits of the World in a Jewish Book Council Author Talk Thursday, January 23 at 1:00 P.M. Click here to RSVP:…ncil-author-talk/ ‎ Free and open to all. Book sales and signing handled by Eight Cousins Bookstore, Falmouth What reviewers are saying about The Limits of the World: “Acker’s debut is a carefully drawn portrait [...]

Jewish Cookbook Club: The Cuisine of Italy’s Jews

FJC Jewish Cookbook Club: Exploring the Cuisine of Italy's Jews Tuesday, January 14 at Noon This session is open to the public. Please RSVP. This event is free of charge, but participants do bring a dish from one of the selected cookbooks. RSVP by clicking here: Select and prepare a recipe from one of three cookbooks on the cuisine [...]

Upper Cape Interfaith Alliance Offers Three-Part Exploration of the Sabbath

Upper Cape Interfaith Alliance Hosts Three-Part Exploration of the Sabbath Thursdays, January 9, 16 and 23 at 7pm (the final session includes a potluck dinner and begins at 6:30pm) Join neighbors from a variety of faith backgrounds to explore the Sabbath. RSVP to All are welcome to this third program offered by the recently-formed alliance. If your faith [...]

Historian Kirsten Fermaglich Presents a Jewish Book Council Author Talk on Dec. 12

Historian Kirsten Fermaglich Presents a Jewish Book Council Author Talk on her Study of Jewish Name Changes Thursday, December 12 at 1:00 P.M. at FJC's Blanche & Joel D. Seifer Community Center Free and open to the public. Book sales handled by Eight Cousins Bookstore Winner, 2019 Saul Viener Book Prize, given by the American Jewish Historical Society "The [...]

Nechemta (consolation)

The Shabbat following Tisha B’Av, that summer date commemorating the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, is known as “Shabbat Nachamu.” The name is taken from the opening word of the week’s haftarah: Nachamu, nachamu ami—“comfort, comfort My people.” It is with this sentence that we begin the series of seven haftarot known in halachic literature as shiva d’nechemta, [...]