Pamela Jay Gottfried serves as a rabbi at Congregation Bet Haverim, a Reconstructionist synagogue founded by lesbians and gay men that enthusiastically embraces all Jews, and Your Jewish Bridge, an Atlanta-based resource that provides access to Jewish lifecycle, pastoral and spiritual support to the unaffiliated in Metro Atlanta.
A strong proponent of pluralism, Gottfried is an active participant in Clal, The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. She is a member of Clal’s Rabbis Without Borders network of hundreds of rabbis, which spans denominations and strives to share Jewish wisdom in innovative and pluralistic ways, and is also a regular contributor to their blog. In addition, she recently completed a Clal LEAP fellowship at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She anticipates being welcomed as a member of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association at their annual convention in March, 2020. As an artist, Gottfried often incorporates creative expression and message-driven art in her teaching. She is a ceramicist and member of the American Guild of Judaic Art.
Since her rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, Gottfried has taught students of all ages in churches, colleges, community centers, mosques, retreat centers, schools, summer camps, and synagogues. She has been involved in the interfaith community in Atlanta for twenty years, and is a certified speaker of the Interfaith Speakers Network, which promotes dialogue and understanding among people of different faith traditions. Committed to social justice, Gottfried is an activist and volunteer with SOJOURN, Georgia Equality, Atlanta Pride, Faith in Public Life and the New Sanctuary Movement of Atlanta.
Gottfried is the author of Found in Translation: Common Words of Uncommon Wisdom. She is currently working on a collection of creative nonfiction that includes stories and poems about her 25+ years as a parent and rabbi.