James Barnett Feibel, age 85, of Columbus, died Oct. 6, 2018. He was born June 17, 1933, to the late Pearl and Troy Feibel.
Former partner-in-charge of the law firm Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff. Graduate of Columbus Academy, Yale University and University of Michigan Law School. Past president of Columbus Jewish Foundation, Mount Carmel (Hospital) Foundation, past board chair of Heart of Ohio Family Health Centers, and trustee of Columbus Speech and Hearing Center, Jewish Family Services and special counsel to Ohio Attorneys General Brown, Celebreeze and Fisher.
He was the founding president of Temple Beth Shalom (his “fifth child”). A lifelong community servant, he was a certified foster parent to over 100 infants, received the Mandelkorn Award from the Jewish Federation of Columbus, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Columbus Academy, and was recognized for exceptional service and leadership by Temple Beth Shalom, the Ohio State Bar Association as the “Pro Bono” Lawyer of the Year and the city of Columbus with the Mayor’s Community Volunteer Award.
Survived by his wife over 62 years, Babette Feibel (nee Abel); children, Julie (Randal) Friedlander, Karen (James) Aronoff, Lauren (Bennett) Cohen and Jonathan (Lori Ann) Feibel; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Caroline), Troy (Bryanna) and Katie Friedlander; Andrew (Phillip), Jennifer, David and Elizabeth Aronoff; Adelaide, Annabelle, and Julius Feibel; and Sarah, Brendan and Jacob Cohen. Great-grandchild, Jonah Friedlander; brother, Donald (Ronni) Feibel; sister, Barbara (Ron) Robins, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Temple Beth Shalom in New Albany.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jim’s memory can be made to the Columbus Jewish Foundation – James B. Feibel Memorial Fund (columbusjewishfoundation.org).