Jill Friedman Fixler
Denver nonprofit leader Jill Friedman Fixler, who directed program development for many nonprofit organizations and who launched volunteer programs for the Downtown Aquarium, National Jewish Health and other organizations, died Nov. 29 at her home in Arapahoe County. Fixler, founder and president of JFFixler Group, had fought a long battle with myelofibrosis, according to family members.
“She was an engaging personality and an excellent consultant who continually helped all of us to be the best we can be,” said Rabbi Bruce Dollin, past president of the Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council.
Fixler and her team, he added, provided executive and organizational training to rabbis newly arrived to the Rocky Mountain region.
Trained at Lake Forest College and the University of Colorado Boulder, Fixler launched a volunteer program for the Denver Dumb Friends League in the 1980s and provided similar launches for other organizations, eventually carrying her expertise to national and international consulting by way of the company she founded in 2002. She authored two books on volunteer engagement.
Fixler, 61, is survived by her husband Peter Fixler, whom she met early in college and whom had described as “the love of her life;” by her son Joshua Ron Solomon Fixler, now in rabbinic training, and his wife Annie; by her mother Audrey Friedman Marcus; and by her sister Rabbi Dayle Friedman and brother Glen Friedman and their families. Fixler had been diagnosed with the leukemia-related illness in 1997, but fought valiantly for more than a decade, giving up her professional work only in 2013. According to family, she described the battle as having been a “life gift” that allowed her to focus her attentions on her family and friends.
Services for Jill Friedman Fixler were held at Temple Emanuel in Denver. Contributions in Fixler’s honor may be made to Maurice B. Shwayder Camp and to the Colorado AIDS Project.
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