Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, awarded Jane West Walsh, RJE, with the Doctor of Jewish Religious Education at Graduation Ceremonies in Los Angeles on Monday, May 17, 2010 at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles (3077 University Avenue, Los Angeles). Walsh was honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumna of HUC-JIR.
Walsh, Ed.D, grew up in Allentown, PA. She attended Rhode Island School of Design and Boston University, graduating magna cum laude in 1974. While working as a technical illustrator and graphic artist, she followed a growing interest in Israel and Jewish adult learning to complete a Master of Arts in Jewish Education at the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles in 1985. For the past 25 years, she has served in a variety of senior Jewish educational leadership positions in synagogues and agencies across the US, was awarded a fellowship to study at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, launched the innovative DeLet fellowship for Jewish day school teachers, and completed a doctorate in Adult and Continuing Education at National-Louis University where she focused on adult learning in the context of inter-religious dialogue. Dr. Walsh currently serves as the Executive Director of PARDeS: The Progressive Association of Reform Day Schools and the Union for Reform Judaism day school specialist and continues to write and advocate for inter-religious dialogue as a board member of the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia and with her research, writing, and dialogue partner Nadira K. Charaniya of Dallas, TX. She currently lives in Baltimore, MD, with her husband, Rabbi Ariel Walsh.