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Leonard Goldfine, Supporter of Numerous Organizations

December 20, 2007
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Leonard Goldfine

Leonard Goldfine, a philanthropist, humanitarian and community leader, died Dec. 9. He was a resident of Jenkintown.

A native Philadelphian, Goldfine was a graduate of Olney High School, and an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania and its law school. During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He rose from the ranks of private to captain, and saw combat in the European and Pacific theaters.

A former vice president of the Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia and former chairman of the Federation Allied Jewish Appeal Campaign, he was a recipient of the organization's coveted Community Award, one of the highest honors bestowed by the Jewish community.

Goldfine is remembered by current Federation board chairman Leonard Barrack as a giant in the Jewish community, as well as a great Zionist. Barrack added that Goldfine provided exemplary leadership during difficult and tumultuous times, and he will be profoundly missed.

In addition to his Federation involvement, Goldfine was active with the Golden Slipper Club and Charities, which he served as president, and the Jewish Employment and Vocational Service, now known as JEVS Human Services. His commitment to Israel was reflected in his leadership of the State of Israel Bonds, where he served as national chairman of trustees, as general chairman of the Israel Bonds Committee in Philadelphia and as chairman of its advisory board.

Goldfine was also a past president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Friends of Hebrew University and was honored for his commitment to the Jewish state by the Philadelphia Friends of Boys Town Jerusalem.

Goldfine is survived by his wife, Beatrice Goldfine; a daughter, Carole Sue Goldfine Ben-Maimon; a son, Neil Jay Goldfine; his brother, Stanley Goldfine; and six grandchildren.

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