Rabbi Amy Wallk

Rabbi Amy Wallk became the Rabbi of Temple Beth El in August 2008. In addition to her work at Temple Beth El, Rabbi Wallk serves on Chancellor Arnold Eisen’s Rabbinic Leadership Cabinet, the Rabbinic Cabinet for the Masorti Foundation and the Rabbinic Cabinet of the Jewish Federations of North America. She has a column in Moment Magazine, teaches classes at the Jewish Theological Seminary in the Davidson School of Education, and is on the editorial committee for Siddur Lev Shalem, the new prayer book for the Conservative Movement.

This past year Rabbi Wallk has been invited to serve as a mentor for the Clergy Leadership Incubator, a two year training program on transformational leadership for early career rabbis.

Rabbi Wallk has participated in some exceptional programs of professional development. She was a fellow in Rabbis Without Borders, the Teacher Educator Institute, the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, From Good to Great: A Leadership Program for Rabbis, and the Kellogg Management Education for Jewish Leaders. Each of these experiences has helped Rabbi Wallk to refine her thinking about Jewish education, the synagogue in the 21st century, and rabbinic leadership.

Rabbi Wallk received rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Her post-secondary education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Jewish Studies from Barnard College, a Master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University; a Master’s degree in Jewish Education from the University of Judaism, and a Doctorate in Education from Michigan State University. Rabbi Wallk has three children: Tamar, Gabriel, and Nina.