|Born||July 1, 1934|
Brooklyn, New York, United States
|Died||August 14, 2014 80) (aged|
Manhattan, New York, United States
|Occupation||Writer, professor, publisher|
Leonard J. Fein (July 1, 1934 – August 14, 2014), also known as Leibel Fein, was an American activist, writer, and teacher specializing in Jewish social themes.
After studying at the University of Chicago, Fein later received his PhD from Michigan State University.
Fein taught Political Science at MIT in the 1960s. He was then 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.
He founded the National Jewish Coalition for Literacy and was co-founder and for 12 years editor of Moment Magazine .He was characterized by Daniel Sokatch of the New Israel Fund as "the father of our Jewish social justice movement."
Fein is the founder of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, a Jewish hunger-relief organization started in 1985.
Fein helped establish Americans for Peace Now.
He was the author of four books and the editor of two, and he wrote extensively for newspapers, magazines, and journals. From 1990, he wrote a syndicated weekly opinion column for The Forward newspaper.
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 .
His father was a professor of Jewish history.
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.
He was married twice and had three daughters, Rachel, Nomi, and Jessie.
Fein died at the age of 80.
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