Linda Novak

Linda started tutoring children with emotional problems at a program called Youth Partial Hospitalization in 1986.  This position allowed her to work one-on-one with children from second grade to juniors in high school.  It was challenging, but along with the mental health professionals in the program, she made a difference in the lives of many of the children over the 25 years of her employment.

During those years, she taught Sunday Religious School, and became active in Hadassah serving as group president and then as chapter president. 

Following her retirement in 2010, she was able to devote more time to Temple Israel and has been honored to be on the Board of Directors and serve as an officer for the last several years.  While serving in this capacity, Linda has been the Chair of the Music and Worship Committee, chaired different committees for the Israeli Cultural Festival and supervised the Second Seder for the past two years.

For the last six years, Linda has been active in serving the Dayton community in the donation room of Clothes that Work. She is also involved with Jewish Family Services and Family Services of Dayton.   She was on the Board of Jewish Family Services for a number of years and saw first-hand what an asset this organization is to the Jewish community.  She was asked to be on the Family Service committee that sponsors the Families Matter Poster and Essay Contest. The contest culminates with an award breakfast for the winners. It was very moving to her to see these young people step forward to receive their award and hear the applause just for them.