Pamela Waechter

Communal leader
1947 – 2006

by Michele Rosen

Pam Waechter, of blessed memory, Director of Annual Giving at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, died in the line of service. Tragically she was gunned down in her office by a madman who spewed anti-Israeli sentiments. She leaves behind two beloved children, a devoted group of loving friends, and a heartbroken community.

Pam was raised a Lutheran in Minneapolis. She became a Jew by choice when she married her husband, Bill Waechter. The couple moved to Seattle and later divorced.

Pam was a woman who just did what she said she was going to do. Her accomplishments were many: President of Temple B'nai Torah, Regional Officer of the Reform Movement, early organizer and supporter the Jewish Family Service's Food Bank, cook for a women's shelter, Director of Outreach at the Jewish Federation, Event Coordinator for the Jewish Federation, and Director of Annual Giving at the Federation.

Pam's approach to work mirrored her approach to life. She was direct and comforting. If something did not work out, try another door—another avenue. Be calm, yet be persistent. Look people in the eye and let them know they are valued.

We are shocked and very sad in Seattle to be the target of such hate. And we need Pam Waechter to help us through these terrible days.

May her memory and her generous spirit remain with us all.

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Before becoming a staff member at the federation, Waechter worked at the Seattle-area Jewish Family Service, where she coordinated the food bank and worked in outreach. At the federation, Waechter was remembered as a zealous and dedicated Jewish communal servant. "Pam brought a passion to everything she did, a passion for Judaism, and a passion for social services," said Robin Boehler, board chair at the federation.

Before becoming a staff member at the federation, Waechter worked at the Seattle-area Jewish Family Service, where she coordinated the food bank and worked in outreach. At the federation, Waechter was remembered as a zealous and dedicated Jewish communal servant. "Pam brought a passion to everything she did, a passion for Judaism, and a passion for social services," said Robin Boehler, board chair at the federation.

Pamela Waechter.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Pamela Waechter, 1947 - 2006." (Viewed on November 21, 2019) <https://jwa.org/weremember/waechter-pamela>.

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