Leonard Fein (z"l)


Leonard Fein, founded MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger in 1985, on the heels of the Ethiopian famine. He  served on the board since its founding. Leonard was a prolific teacher, writer and author of books, "Where Are We? The Inner Life of America’s Jews" and "Israel: Politics and People."

In 1974, Leonard founded Moment magazine, and served as editor and publisher until 1987. He also founded the National Jewish Coalition for Literacy, a project for mobilizing the American Jewish community to provide 100,000 volunteer tutors for the Read America program.

Leonard taught Political Science at MIT and Brandeis University, where he was a Professor of Politics and Social Policy as well as Contemporary Jewish Studies. He  authored many books, hundreds of articles and essays, received numerous awards, and served on as a board member of some 40 organizations. Leonard traveled around the country and world, giving lectures and consulting with many organizations.

Articles by Leonard Fein (z"l)

MAZON at 25: Reflections From Our Founder

Were I to acknowledge all those here, and some not here, who deserve to be acknowledged on this festive occasion, I would by far exceed my time. But I cannot refrain from mentioning a few: my old friend, Ted Mann, our very first board chair; Lee Javitch, Ted’s successor as chair, the first person I

Shirley Sherrod, Black Farmers & MAZON

It would be an absurd overstatement to say that we were friends, but it is true that some 20 years ago, along with Irv Cramer, then the executive director of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, I spent the better part of a week traveling through Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, a trip organized for us