Published on September 16, 2014 by TELEM
It was a lovely, music-filled Kabalat Shabbat service on May 30 as the Temple Beth David community in Westwood honored Pam Weil for her 17 years of service as Education Director of their religious school. Pam retired from that position at the end of this past school year and in doing so, TELEM has lost a valued partner.
TELEM Director Barry Glass was at the service to honor and thank Pam for her many years of being a committed and passionate voice for TELEM. Throughout her career, Pam has been an outspoken advocate for service and tikkun olam as a meaningful expression of Jewish identity for TBD teens. She has also been an ever-present, thoughtful and reliable resource to TELEM staff and has contributed much to our coordinator’s network over the years. Her insights and wisdom from her work at TBD added much depth and thoughtful conversation to our TELEM professional meetings. On behalf of TELEM and the JCRC, Barry presented Pam with a beautiful ‘Tree of Life” art print that quoted from the story of Honi the Circlemaker and the Carob Trees. The story exemplifies what Pam has done in her life’s work as a Jewish educator:
“Just as my parents and grandparents planted trees so that I can eat of their fruit, so do I plant trees so that my children and grandchildren can eat of the fruit of these trees.”
(Babylonian Talmud Ta’anit 23a)
Pam has brought that idea to life as she has planted the seeds of living joyous Jewish life with service to others as a central theme of what it means to be Jewish.
We are sad to see Pam leave her position at Beth David and hope that she will continue to be a resource to us and to area Jewish educators in whatever she chooses to do next. We wish her all the best in the future.