Marianne Novak received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Barnard College and her JD from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. After law school, she used her law degree in the non-profit arena as the Endowment Director at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. She helped start the Women’s Tefillah Group at Bais Abraham in St. Louis and taught many of the new members how to read Torah.
Marianne and her husband, Dr. Noam Stadlan, then moved to Skokie, Illinois. While pregnant with her first child, she had somewhat of a career change. She became a Gabbait for the Skokie Women’s Tefillah Group and began teaching many young participants for their Bat Mitzvah celebrations. Soon after, Marianne became an instructor for the Florence Melton School of Adult Education in the Chicago area. She has been teaching and developing curriculum for this program for over 20 years. Marianne has also taught Bible and developed curriculum for Chicagoland Jewish High School. She has lectured and taught for Hadassah, Yeshivah University Kollel Torah Mitzion, Matan in Chicago, Drisha Summer High School Program, Valley Beit Midrash, Congregation Or Torah and Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob synagogue. She also writes a blog for the Times of Israel.