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

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Veterinarian and Author Dr. Karen Fine Presents a Jewish Book Council Talk on her Bestseller The Other Family Doctor: A Veterinarian Explores What Animals Can Teach Us About Love, Life, and Mortality Thursday, January 11 at 11am at Falmouth Jewish Congregation, 7 Hatchville Road Book sales and signing handled by Eight Cousins Bookshop of Falmouth Advance registration is required! [...]

Correction – This is an IN-PERSON EVENT! JBC Author Talk by Elizabeth Graver on Her Acclaimed Historical Novel “Kantika” 12/7/at 11am at FJC

Important note: This is an IN-PERSON event! It will not be available on Zoom. Elizabeth Graver Presents a Jewish Book Council Author Talk on Her Novel Kantika Thursday, December 7 at 11am at FJC, 7 Hatchville Road In-Person! | Free and Open to the public | RSVP required: Or email Book sales by Eight Cousins Bookshop On Thursday, [...]

Reflections on the Israel – Gaza War

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Ways to Donate to Support Israel

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Jeremy Eichler Presents a Virtual JBC Author Talk on “Time’s Echo” on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 7pm

Falmouth Jewish Congregation Hosts a Free, VIRTUAL* Jewish Book Council Author Talk by Jeremy Eichler on Time's Echo: The Second World War, the Holocaust and the Music of Remembrance Tuesday, November 28 at 7pm on Zoom (this event has been changed from in-person to virtual)  Book Sales by Eight Cousins Bookshop Advance reservations are required. Click here to register [...]

Judy Rakowsky presents a JBC Author Talk on “Jews in the Garden” November 6 at 7pm

A Free, Jewish Book Council In-Person Author Talk by Investigative Journalist Judy Rakowksy Monday, November 6 at 7pm at FJC Jews in the Garden 7 Hatchville Road | Advance reservations are required: Register here   or email  Book sales by Eight Cousins Bookshop, Falmouth "Jews in the Garden reads like the best of narrator-guided murder-mysteries. But in this case [...]

Dr. Rosanne Leipzig on Honest Aging: A JBC Author Talk at FJC on Thursday, October 19 at 10am

Dr. Rosanne Leipzig Discusses Her Book "Honest Aging: An Insider's Guide to the Second Half of Life" in a JBC Author Talk Thursday, October 19 at 10am | Doors open at 9:30am Free and open to the public. Book sale and signing, too. Click here to register: This is one of the many Jewish Book Council author talks that [...]

A Social Justice Book Discussion: “Poverty, by America,” by Sociologist Matthew Desmond [for FJC members only]

A Social Justice Book Discussion for FJC members: Poverty, by America Moderated by Pamela Rothstein, Director of Lifelong Learning Members will find information about the timing of this event in the weekly E-minder and newsletter. #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Evicted reimagines the debate on poverty, making a “provocative and compelling” (NPR) argument about why it persists in America: [...]

FJC Hosted Dr. Rochelle Walensky, former CDC Director, in Conversation with Larry Tye

Dr. Rochelle Walensky Recently Spoke at FJC on Looking Ahead to the Next Pandemic and Learning from the Last  Recently, FJC was honored to host Dr. Rochelle Walensky for a stimulating Scholar-in-Residence event. In her first public appearance since stepping down last month as CDC director, Dr. Walensky engaged in a spirited conversation with over 200 members of the [...]


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