Pamela Rothstein2018-07-05T10:37:42-04:00

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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

David de Jong on “Nazi Billionaires: A Virtual JBC Author Talk on Tuesday, March 28 at 7pm

A Free, Virtual Jewish Book Council Author Talk by David de Jong – Nazi Billionaires: The Dark History of Germany’s Wealthiest Dynasties Tuesday, March 28 at 7pm Click here to register for Zoom: On Zoom and Broadcast live on FCTV Public Channel 13 (Falmouth, MA) What the critics are saying: “Meticulously researched …compels us to confront the current-day legacy [...]

Responding to antisemitism

Responding to antisemitism On a daily basis, I receive an e-mail message from the Secure Community Network (SCN), the official safety and security organization of the Jewish community in North America. SCN has provided invaluable training and information to Jewish communities like ours, helping to identity potential dangers, and coordinating with local and national law enforcement agencies to track [...]

Andrew Lawler Presents a JBC Author Talk on “Under Jerusalem: The Buried History of the World’s Most Contested City” (January 26 at 7pm)

Join Andrew Lawler for a Virtual Jewish Book Council Illustrated Talk on "Under Jerusalem: The Buried History of the World's Most Contested City" Thursday, January 26 ay 7pm on Zoom and on FCTV Channel 13 and FCTV website Click here to register for Zoom: A sweeping history of the hidden world below the Holy City—a saga of biblical [...]

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Debby Applegate presents a JBC Talk on “Madam: The Biography of Polly Adler, Icon of the Jazz Age” [Jan. 10 at 2pm]

Tuesday, January 10 at 2:00 P.M. Debby Applegate, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Presents Madam: The Biography of Polly Adler, Icon of the Jazz Age A Jewish Book Council Author Talk on Zoom and live broadcast and live streamed on FCTV (Falmouth Community Television). Register here for Zoom, where you can participate in the Q & A: The compulsively readable [...]

Public Viewing of “My Mother’s Story: Paintings by Claudia Cameron” – Friday, February 3

You are invited to a final public viewing of the exhibit  My Mother's Story: Paintings by Claudia Cameron inspired by the life of her mother, Ruth Oppenheim  Friday, February 3, 1:30 - 3:00 P.M. Up-to-date vaccination is required. Be prepared to show proof of vaccination & boosters and to wear a mask. FJC is honored to host this special [...]

Ellen Cassedy Presents a Virtual, Illustrated Author Talk on “Working 9 to 5” on Thursday, March 16 at 7pm

Ellen Cassedy Presents a Virtual  Author Talk about Working 9 to 5: A Women’s Movement, A Labor Union, and the Iconic Movie / Thursday 3/16 on Zoom only Thursday, March 16 7pm on Zoom ONLY IMPORTANT CHANGE: FCTV Public Channel 13's broadcast will be delayed until the following week at the following times: Tuesday, March 21 at 7:30 PM [...]

Cooking alla Giudia (Jewish Italian cooking): Benedetta Guetta Presents a JBC Author Talk on Tuesday, November 29 at 7pm

Cooking alla Guidia: A Celebration of the Jewish Food of Italy -  A Jewish Book Council Talk by Author Benedetta Jasmine Guetta  Tuesday, November 29 at 7pm on Zoom and broadcast live on FCTV Public Channel 13 and Zoom registration link: Book sales through Eight Cousins Bookshop, Falmouth: Falmouth Jewish Congregation invites everyone to a free, virtual Jewish [...]

Violins and Hope: A Virtual JBC Author Talk by Daniel Levin on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 7pm

Violins and Hope: From the Holocaust to Symphony Hall / A Virtual, Free Jewish Book Council Author Talk by Photographer Daniel Levin Commemorating Kristallnacht (November 9-10) Learn about Kristallnacht at the website of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum: Wednesday, November 9, 7-8:30pm on Zoom and FCTV Public Channel 13 and Register for this Zoom webinar at: Falmouth Jewish [...]

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