Linda Myer is a native of Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree and Teaching Certification in Behavioral Disabilities from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 2015, she received her Certificate in Jewish Sacred Music from the School of Jewish music, Hebrew College in Newton.
Linda brings a wealth of experience and talent to her dual role at Temple Beth Torah. She is a Jewish educator, cantorial soloist, writer, and actress. She began her professional career as a special needs teacher in Wisconsin. After moving to Boston, she pursued a writing career, publishing articles and poetry and worked as a freelance textbook writer/editor. For over 20 years, Linda wrote and performed one-woman plays, appearing as Amelia Earhart, Abigail Adams, and singer Sophie Tucker. She also founded and directed History-Making Productions, a touring theater company which produced audience participation plays for children.
For the past seven years, Linda served as Special Needs Coordinator, B’nai Mitzvah tutor and 7th and 8th grade teacher at Congregation Sha’aray Shalom in Hingham. She has also served as High Holiday cantor at Temple Hillel B’nai Torah (W. Roxbury), Congregation Agudas Achim (Attleboro), Congregation Beth Israel (Roanoke, VA), Temple Beth Am (Framingham), and at Wellesley College. In addition, she has been a part-time Cantorial Soloist at Congregation Beth Jacob in Plymouth.
Dan Funk has served as our High Holiday Cantor since 1994. Dan has been lead singer for the world renowned Jewish musical group Safam since its inception in 1974. Prior thereto, Dan sang in the Boston Zamir Chorale.
Dan is a native of Highland Park, NJ, attended Rutgers University, and received his law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston. Thereafter, Dan practiced law as the Newton City Solicitor for 32 years.
He lives in Newton, MA with his wife Marcia. They have two sons, Joshua and Aaron, and two daughters Jessica and Emily. They also have five grandchildren – Chloe, Declan, Zachary, Josephine and Lydia.