The Jewish Foundation of Greater Dayton is pleased to announce the creation of a new endowment fund. The fund was established in memory of Barbara Flagel and will honor Barbara’s passion for children’s education. Through this endowment, Barbara’s commitment to the Jewish community will continue for many years to come.

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University School of Education, Barbara was always passionate about children’s education. As a pre-school teacher in Dayton for many years, Barbara’s interest in teaching and her students never ended. She continued to follow her students’ progress through life by looking in the Observer for mentions of her students’ names in the Kvelling Corner. Her passion for her students will not soon be forgotten.

Barbara’s former colleague, Pat Jones, shared fond memories of Barbara and their time teaching together.  Pat recalled, “Barbara was very empathetic and the children just loved her because they knew she was always right there with lots of love and concern. If someone needed a little extra attention, they went to Barbara. She knew what they needed and accepted every child for who they were. She was a wonderful teacher and was a great addition to our team.”

Recognizing Barbara’s dedication to the education of children, Barbara’s family and friends established the Barbara Flagel Playground Fund. The fund will provide classroom and playground equipment to give students in the JCC early childhood programs the best and most enriching experiences possible.

The Jewish Foundation of Greater Dayton and Barbara’s family would like to recognize and thank Barbara’s husband Jerry Flagel and good friends Marni Flagel, Bernie Rabinowitz and Bella Freeman for their dedication to the creation of this endowment.

Tribute donations can be made through the Jewish Foundation of Greater Dayton. For more information on this fund or to make a donation, please contact Foundation Director Janese R. Sweeny at 937-401-1542. 


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