In Memory of Leibel Fein

We are sad to announce the passing of beloved Boston Workmen's Circle community member Leonard (Leibel) Fein. He was, as his obituary in the Forward states, an "inspiration to generations of progressives and Jews."

We share the national Workmen's Circle statement in his memory:

"Today the Workmen's Circle is saddened to be joining organizations across the globe in mourning the loss of Leibel (Leonard) Fein z"l. A longtime Workmen's Circle member and activist, Leibel's social justice work made an enormous impact on our world community and served as an inspiration for us all. Leibel looked at the problems of the world and took active steps to solve them. In 1985, after seeing the devastation of the Ethiopian famine, he founded MAZON:  A Jewish Response to Hunger, an organization that continues and expands upon his vision today. Earlier in his career, Leibel co-founded and edited Moment Magazine. In recent years he 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. He was a regular columnist in The Jewish Daily Forward, an activist with Americans for Peace Now, and overall a towering figure and a significant voice in the progressive Jewish community. His enormous body of work and creativity created a better world - a shenere un besere velt far ale. We will forever miss his voice and his energy among us, but his work will certainly continue his legacy for generations to come."