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Pamela Jay Gottfried (she/her) is excited to serve as the rabbi at Congregation Beth Tikvah in Marlton, NJ. Believing the essential meaning of rabbi is "my teacher," she strives in her rabbinate to help individual students of all ages reach their potential.

Since her rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, Rabbi Gottfried has taught in churches, colleges, community centers, mosques, retreat centers, schools, summer camps, and synagogues. She is a member of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA) and the Interim Ministry Network (IMN). Most recently, she served congregations in Metro Atlanta, as an interim rabbi at Temple Kol Emeth and the second rabbi at Congregation Beth Haverim. She previously served as the Scholar-in-Residence and Dean of Jewish Studies at The Weber School, where she developed interdisciplinary curriculum with the Spanish department, taught Jewish Literature and Law (Bible, Midrash & Talmud) and art in a team-taught course (Jewish Symbolism). Rabbi Gottfried also taught ceramics and Judaics at Camp Ramah Darom. 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, Rabbi Gottfried is a board member of Bayit, a collaborative community of liturgists, artists, game designers, and educators creating tools for Jewish life in the 21st century. She is an alumna of Clal's Rabbis Without Borders and LEAP fellowships, where she trained to help people access Jewish wisdom and culture. She was also an active member of local organizations that promoted multi-faith conversation and education.

Deeply committed to environmental, racial and social justice, she was an activist and volunteer in the LGBTQIA+ community, working with SOJOURN: Southern Jewish Resource Network for Gender & Sexual Diversity, Georgia Equality and GA Unites Against Discrimination, HIAS, the New Sanctuary Movement and Jewish Climate Action Network of Georgia (JCAN-GA). Rabbi Gottfried also served on the Clergy Advisory Group at MACoM: Metro Atlanta Community Mikvah.

Rabbi Gottfried is the author of Found in Translation: Common Words of Uncommon Wisdom, and is currently working on a collection of creative nonfiction, My Manicure & Other Musings, which includes stories and poems about her experiences as a parent and rabbi. In addition to participating in Daf Yomi and attending Spiritual Poetry Writing classes, she spends her free time reading novels, solving The New York Times crossword puzzles, playing Scrabble with her spouse, David, and taking walks with their faithful canine companion, Henry.