July 1, 1934|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||August 14, 2014
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Writer, professor, publisher|
He founded the National Jewish Coalition for Literacy, and was co-founder and for 12 years editor of Moment Magazine. Characterized by Daniel Sokatch of the New Israel Fund as "the father of our Jewish social justice movement", he was the author of four books, editor of two, and wrote extensively for newspapers, magazines, and journals. Since 1990, he wrote a syndicated weekly OpEd column for the Forward newspaper. Fein is also the founder of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, a Jewish hunger-relief organization, started in 1985. Fein taught Political Science at MIT in the 1960s. At this time he was also the Deputy Director of the MIT/Harvard Joint Center for Urban Studies. He joined the Brandeis University faculty in 1970 as a Professor of Politics and Social Policy and the Klutznick Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies.
Fein's books include Where Are We? The Inner Life of America’s Jews, and Israel: Politics and People. He was a contributor to The New York Times, The New Republic, Commentary, Commonweal, The Nation, Dissent and the Los Angeles Times.
Fein died at the age of 80 on August 14, 2014.
He was the brother of Rashi Fein, Litt.D., Ph.D., a famed health economist termed 'a father of Medicare', and Professor of Economics of Medicine, Emeritus, in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
- Ameinu Dreamers and Builders Award, November 2009.
- Honorary doctorate from the Hebrew Union College, 1991
- National Foundation for Jewish Culture award for achievement in Jewish scholarship, 1994.
- Jewish Council on Public Affairs, Chernin Award for lifetime contributions to social justice, 1999.
- University of Chicago Alumni Award for “creative leadership in public service that has benefited society and reflected credit on the University,” 2000.
- Latest news briefs from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Cleveland Jewish News, July 27, 2004. Accessed July 29, 2011
- Daniel Sokatch, obituary piece Leonard "Leibel" Fein, z"l (memorial note), 2014-08-15, nif.org (website of the New Israel Fund). Accessed online 2014-08-15.
- Dana Evan Kaplan, Contemporary American Judaism: transformation and renewal, New York : Columbia University Press, 2009; ISBN 978-0-231-13728-7; pp. 82-83
- Rashi Fein, a ‘father of Medicare,’ dies, September 9, 2014, 11:52am, in JTA
- A brother’s tribute to Leonard Fein, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, October 26, 2010
- Bio of Leonard Fein, Americans for Peace Now, August 11, 2005. Accessed July 29, 2011