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Florence ZacksMelton

Florence Zacks Melton helped create and support important adult education programs in the Jewish community as well as secular causes. Melton founded the R. G. Barry Corporation with her husband, Aaron Zacks, in 1946. At the company, the largest manufacturer of soled slippers in the world, Melton designed products and invented foam soles, a revolutionary innovation. Dedicated to the principle of Jewish education, Melton was a founding member of the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education and created the Florence Melton Adult Mini School, a two-year certificate program, through Hebrew University’s Melton Centre. She founded the Discovery program, which uses field trips, classes, and trips to Israel to connect young people to their family history, their local community, and the larger Jewish community. She also initiated the local Meals on Wheels program in Columbus, Ohio, and established a foundation to provide prostheses for underprivileged children. She received a number of awards for her efforts, including honors from B’nai B’rith and the Janusz Korczak Humanitarian Award from Kent State University.


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Inventor and Jewish education entrepreneur Florence Zacks Melton (1911 – 2007).
Courtesy of Florence Melton Adult Mini-School.
Date of Birth

Philadelphia, PA
United States

Date of Death

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Florence Zacks Melton." (Viewed on December 5, 2020) <https://jwa.org/people/melton-florence>.


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