Disability Advocate & Stand-up Comedian
An internationally respected disability and mental health advocate and professional stand-up comedian, Pamela’s stories of growing up in a body she had no control over are engaging, powerful, a little bit heart-wrenching, and unapologetically funny.
As a teen, Pamela was diagnosed with the worst case of Tourette’s Syndrome in the United States. She was asked to leave both her school and her synagogue due to her uncontrollable outbursts and tics, which would sometimes even land her in the hospital with serious injuries. Depressed, suicidal, and wishing her differences away, Pamela struggled to find a place to belong.
She found that sense of belonging at Jewish summer camp. There, her perspective began to shift, and she eventually turned the challenges that used to hold her back into the foundation for a new way of life. Now Pamela doesn’t just “tolerate” what makes her different; she embraces it, loves it, and finds the humour in it—all while challenging her audiences to do the same.
Pamela lives and does stand-up comedy in New York City, where she was named one of the "36 Under 36" changing the face of the Jewish community by The Jewish Week. She also works with the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services Teen and Mental Health initiative, teaching and creating communities where everyone can be celebrated. Funny and inspiring, she casts a vision for a deeply inclusive Jewish future that helps people and communities thrive because of – and not in spite of – differences.
Come experience Pamela’s dynamic message of hope and inclusion at this year’s FEDtalks. Buy your tickets today!