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.

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

From the desk of Pamela Rothstein

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HAC’s “WALK for HOPE 2021”

HAC'S "WALK for HOPE 2021" ANNUAL EVENT – Saturday, June 26th / Registration Opens on May 1st Join us, as "TEAM FJC" Walks for Hope! Last year our efforts raised over $6,ooo for HAC. This year we hope to surpass that total. But we need your help to do so! Housing Assistance’s 3rd Annual Walk for Hope on June [...]

Book Discussion of Talia Carner’s Novel “The Third Daughter” – Monday, April 26 at 7pm

Book Discussion of Talia Carner's Historical Novel The Third Daughter Monday, April 26 at 7pm on Zoom Register for this Zoom discussion at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrc-2uqDkjHteSRhShU21o0fZSRlBmuVIx Join a discussion of Talia Carner's novel, which she discusses at a Jewish Book Council author talk on Thursday, March 11 at 3pm. Borrow a book from a library or purchase at our partner, Eight Cousins [...]

Half-a-million gone…..

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Join Judy Batalion for a Jewish Book Council Author Talk on April 15 at 7pm

Join Judy Batalion for a Virtual Jewish Book Council Author Talk about Her New Novel The Light of Days Thursday, April 15 at 7pm Hosted jointly by Falmouth Jewish Congregation, the Vilna Shul and the Worcester JCC Register for this Zoom webinar at: https://www.vilnashul.org/events Copies of The Light of Days are available from our partner, independent bookstore Eight Cousins (signed [...]

Come Along on a Virtual Tour of Jewish Paris, March 2 at 7pm

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“Striking Out Jim Crow” Author Larry Tye in Conversation with Sol Gittleman

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Talia Carner Presents a JBC Author Talk on Her Historical Novel “The Third Daughter”

Talia Carner Presents a Jewish Book Council Talk on Her Historical Novel The Third Daughter Thursday, March 11 at 3:00 P.M. on Zoom Register at:https://vilnashul.org/events/event/talia-carner-and-the-third-daughter “In The Third Daughter, Talia Carner ably illuminates a little-known piece of history: the sex trafficking of young women from Russia to South America in the late 19th century. Thoroughly researched and vividly rendered, this [...]

Award-Winning Historian Pamela Nadell Presents a JBC Author Talk Honoring Women’s History Month

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