Jewish community, community-at-large loses Michael Barlow
Michael Barlow (pictured), a prominent leader in the Oklahoma City Jewish community, died Saturday, Nov. 28. He was 71.
Barlow had been featured in The Oklahoman numerous times, and many in the metro area community know him from his various leadership roles over the years.
He was a teacher, administrator and local American Federation of Teachers (AFT) president for the Oklahoma City Public Schools, and, later executive director of the Oklahoma AFT, and director of governmental affairs with the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration, according to the Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame website. Barlow was inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame in 2010.
The website said he has been published in both state and national journals and he has received gubernatorial appointments to such organizations as the state advisory committee to the U.S. Office of Civil Rights and the Oklahoma Public Employee Relations Board.
most recently for his refusal, despite a battle with cancer, to give up on his longtime commitment to blowing the shofar during annual Rosh Hashana services at Temple B'nai Israel.
His faith was very important to him and he was a big supporter of the Oklahoma City Jewish community and a big supporter of Israel.
Several of The Oklahoman stories he was included in were religious in nature.
In addition to the September article focusing on his blowing of the shofar, Barlow also was quoted in a recent story about the Oklahoma City Jewish community's burial ceremony for an unknown Holocaust victim.
Several years ago, Barlow opened up his home to The Oklahoman for a story about people in the Jewish community who have collected numerous menorahs over the years.
Here is the most recent religion story featuring Barlow.
His comments included in the story showed is courage and indomitable spirit.