It is with great sadness that we announce that Moment Magazine founder and founding editor Leonard “Leibel” Fein passed away at the age of 80 yesterday. Leibel was the visionary behind the creation of Moment, and his passion inspired every page from the inaugural issue in 1975 through 1986.
“Leibel was a man of chesed—deep kindness—who dedicated his life to the Jewish community, State of Israel and the world, and never lost that abiding passion,” says Moment editor and publisher Nadine Epstein. “Not only was he a great man of letters, he was a true activist, and that is a rare combination. Whatever he did, whether it was found a magazine, write columns and books at a prolific rate, found MAZON; A Jewish Response to Jewish Hunger and the National Council of Jewish Literacy, and fight on behalf of causes such as Americans for Peace Now, he gave his mind and his heart. Leibel’s passing is a great loss for me personally, for Moment, and for all of us.”
All of us here at Moment are grateful for Leibel’s support over the years and are are proud to continue to publish the magazine he founded.