Helen Ostreicher Halcomb

As a child growing up in Dayton, Helen was involved in activities at Beth Jacob Synagogue. Her ongoing commitment to Beth Jacob has continued as an adult, as she makes a concentrated effort to keep the synagogue alive. Helen serves on their Board of Directors and volunteers in all aspects of synagogue life, wherever help is needed.  Her volunteering continues to be fulfilled with love and respect for her synagogue whose values and traditional service are still a viable part of the Dayton community. 

Within the Jewish community, Helen’s volunteer involvement started when she was asked to become a BBYO advisor. As a child of a Holocaust survivor, she felt the importance of telling the survivor’s story.  This led her to join and continue to serve as a member of the Yom Hashoah Committee. Helen was instrumental in starting the Dayton Jewish Film Festival and currently serves as Secretary of the Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Dayton.

Helen has been active in the secular community as well.  She has represented the Jewish Federation on the committee of the Dayton A World A’Fair, as well as for CityFolk. She enjoys volunteering at the Schuster Center and at the Levitt Pavilion since its inception.

Over the years, Helen’s involvement has gravitated toward being an advocate and champion for those in need – the friends struggling with AIDS/HIV or the seniors that need extra help. She is always there to help where the need is great. Through all that she does, Helen does not seek recognition; she finds areas of interest and need and serves them with passion.