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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.

To reach Pamela Rothstein by e-mail: pbrothstein@comcast.net

From the desk of Pamela Rothstein

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Attend a Virtual Jewish Book Council Author Talk by Rebecca Clarren on The Cost of Free Land: Jews, Lakota, and an American Inheritance Free and open to the public Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 P.M. ET on Zoom Advance registration for Zoom is required. Click here to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0of-murTouHtF-Xl7v8llOriqXNpRUdgQ9 Voted a Best Book of 2023 by Kirkus Reviews, The Forward and The Christian Science [...]

Shabbat Service & Program with Author Larry Tye on His Latest Book “The Jazzmen,” May 10

Shabbat Service & Program Featuring Author Larry Tye, in Conversation with Jazz Musician Bart Weisman about his latest book The Jazzmen: How Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Count Basie Transformed America, with musical accompaniment by Ted Jellinek on Keyboard Friday, May 10 5-6pm Reception and Book Sales and Signing (Market Street Bookshop) 6pm Shabbat Service followed by The Jazzmen [...]

Attend a Virtual JBC Author Talk about “The Confidante,” by Chrisopher C. Gorham, 4/2 @ 7pm

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JBC Virtual Author Talk by Rebecca Clarren on “The Cost of Free Land” – Tuesday, 5/14 @ 7pm

Attend a Virtual Jewish Book Council Author Talk by Rebecca Clarren on The Cost of Free Land: Jews, Lakota, and an American Inheritance Free and open to the public Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 P.M. ET on Zoom Advanced registration for Zoom is required. Click here to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0of-murTouHtF-Xl7v8llOriqXNpRUdgQ9 Voted a Best Book of 2023 by Kirkus Reviews, The Forward [...]

A Virtual JBC Author Talk for Yom HaShoah by Nina Siegal on “The Diary Keepers”

FJC Yom HaShoah Program: Free and Open to the Public Nina Siegal | The Diary Keepers: World War II in the Netherlands, as Written by the People Who Lived Through It (virtual) Monday, | May 6 at 1pm on Zoom  Click here to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErd--rqT8qH9fXbdKltilTKb35MhglNE5V Books available through Eight Cousins Bookshop, an independent book store in Falmouth: https://www.eightcousins.com “This diverse and enlightening [...]

A Virtual JBC Author Talk by Oren Kessler on “Palestine 1936”

Oren Kessler on Palestine 1936: A Virtual Jewish Book Council Author Talk  Monday, March 11 at 1:00 P.M. ON ZOOM Click here to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqcuCuqj0qEtWFr-IRhsrGZj5zSscpCF8z About Palestine 1936 One of the Wall Street Journal's 10 Best Books of 2023 Named a Booklist Editors' Choice in History: Adult Books, 2023 "[Kessler] has done an exceptional job and opened new vistas on [...]

Book Discussion: “The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store” (members only)

FJC Members: Join a Book Discussion of James McBride's Latest, Award-Winning Novel   In-person and on Zoom, for members only. See details on the member-access calendar. RSVP to the office or click here:  Enjoy refreshments and conversation moderated by Pamela about this rich and important work of American fiction. If you haven’t yet, pick up a copy at FJC or [...]

Emily Franklin in a JBC Author Talk on “The Lioness of Boston”

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Homemade Hamentaschen for Sale! This March, in Time for Purim

Homemade Hamentaschen for Sale! Available to the public, too. Order  yours now / Order deadline is March 18 / Pick-up at Falmouth Jewish Congregation on Thursday-Friday, March 21-22 during office hours Varieties: Poppy See, Prune, Apricot, Raspberry Large-size / $20 per Half-dozen  Fill out this form and return it to FJC by clicking here :https://mcusercontent.com/9b22cc1c9dc91ee981767ce5b/files/5ce782cf-d68c-57e6-ec67-4c2e88a8ad95/Purim_Fundraiser_2024_Flyer.pdf

Breakfast with BTEO (Belonging to Each Other) at FJC: All are invited to hear about BTEO’s important work in Falmouth

Breakfast with BTEO (Belonging to Each Other) at Falmouth Jewish Congregation  Thursday, January 18 at 9am in Speen Hall Free of charge and open to the public, but advance registration is required by Monday, January 15 at the latest Register at the FJC website calendar: https://www.falmouthjewish.org/event/breakfast-with-bteo-belonging-to-each-other-a-public-informational-event/ Or email fjcoffice@comcast.net The number of unsheltered people on the Cape is at record [...]

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