Leonard Fein

Leonard Fein, A Voice For Justice


Leonard (Leibel) Fein, who died Aug. 14 at the age of 80, was a passionate and articulate voice for social justice in American Jewish life for decades. In his prolific writing, his lectures and his organizational creativity, he preached an ancient and contemporary message: “To be a Jew,” he wrote, “is to know that you are bound somehow, to help repair this world.” (See Appreciation on page 12.)

A Bold Voice For Social Justice

Remembering Leonard Fein, co-founder of Moment magazine and a ‘true progressive visionary.’

Staff Writer

At a seminar hosted about two decades ago by the American Jewish Committee for representatives of the major denominations of Judaism, professor-author-activist Leonard Fein mentioned that he had a still-single daughter.

Leonard Fine receives an award in 2012 from Moment magazine editor Nadine Epstein. JTA
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