Believing the essential meaning of rabbi is “my teacher,” Rabbi Pamela Gottfried (she/her) strives to help individual students reach their potential. Since her rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, she has taught students of all ages in churches, colleges, community centers, mosques, retreat centers, schools, summer camps, and synagogues. For the last two years, Gottfried served at Congregation Bet Haverim, focusing on adult education, outreach to unaffiliated Jews and mentoring conversion candidates. Prior to 2019, she was a teacher and the department chair of Jewish Studies at The Weber School. As an artist, she often incorporates creative expression and message-driven art in her teaching of teens and adults.
A strong proponent of pluralism and innovation, Gottfried is a board member of Bayit, a collaborative community of clergy, liturgists, artists and educators that is committed to creating tools for Jewish life in the 21st century. She is a fellow of Clal's Rabbis Without Borders and a member of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, and she serves on the Clergy Advisory Group at MACoM: Metro Atlanta Community Mikvah. Deeply committed to social and racial justice, Gottfried is an activist and volunteer in the LGBTQ community, working with SOJOURN and Georgia Equality, as well as an advocate for racial justice and equality, working with Faith in Public Life, Compassionate Atlanta and the New Sanctuary Movement of Atlanta.
Gottfried is the author of Found in Translation: Common Words of Uncommon Wisdom, and is currently working on a collection of creative nonfiction that includes stories and poems about her 25+ years as a parent and rabbi.