Community and synagogue leader Ellen Walk will be honored by The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and Temple Beth Sholom (TBS) in Roslyn Heights at the annual breakfast to benefit JTS on Sunday, November 22.
The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. and be held at the synagogue, Roslyn Road at Northern State Parkway. Dr. Shuly Schwartz, Irving Lehrman Research Associate Professor of American Jewish History and dean of the Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies of JTS, will be the guest speaker.
A dedicated member of Temple Beth Sholom, Ms. Walk has served for many years on the congregation’s Executive Board and as the vice president of Membership. She is also a longtime member of the Board of Trustees, the Religious Affairs Committee, and Sisterhood, and especially devoted to her work for the Chesed Committee and Bikur Cholim. In 2008, she co-chaired Shabbat 1000. Ms. Walk attributes the pleasure of her involvement at TBS to the rabbis who have guided her—all of them graduates of JTS—and also takes pride in the fact that several List College alumni grew up at TBS.
Ms. Walk is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she received a bachelor of arts degree, and Teachers College, Columbia University, where she earned a master of science degree. A registered dietitian, she has been senior health educator at the Women’s Health Center of Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx for the last fifteen years. She and her husband, Paul, have two daughters, Melissa and Rebecca, all active members of TBS.
List College, JTS’s undergraduate school, is flourishing under Dean Schwartz's leadership, more than doubling its enrollment during her fourteen-year tenure. Dr. Schwartz has spearheaded several new initiatives, including the Fellowship in Jewish Social Entrepreneurship, which prepares select List College students to serve as Jewish social entrepreneurs who are equipped to tackle major social issues and offer new ideas for wide-scale change; Links to Leadership, which prepares List students to become the educated lay leaders of the future; the Career Development program, which helps students identify and prepare for their future careers; and the List College Advisory Board, an invaluable resource for the college. Dr. Schwartz’s latest book, The Rabbi's Wife: The Rebbetzin in American Jewish Life, won the 2006 National Jewish Book Award in the area of modern Jewish thought.