After graduating high school, Linda Cohen left her New England home to study for one year in Israel, where she found a strong connection to her Jewish identity. She returned to the United States to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Jewish studies from the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, after which she received a master’s degree from Brandeis University in Jewish communal service. Since then, she has been both a professional and a lay leader in the Jewish community.
In the years prior to having children, Cohen volunteered on her synagogue board of directors, was a docent for the local Japanese garden, answered phones for her local public television station, and delivered meals for homebound seniors. Since having children, most of her volunteer time has been devoted to child-centered organizations, including working with the PTO at their school and serving on the board of directors for their summer camp. As a lifelong volunteer, she actively encourages people to discover the benefits of being in service to others.