Leonard M. Goldstein


Partners in Philanthropy (2009)
Cornerstone Award


Leonard (Len) Goldstein, of Fort Wayne, is a tireless public servant, dedicated to higher education, to Jewish culture, and to developing the next generation of leaders. He is a major reason why the IU Jewish Studies program at IU Bloomington has kept growing in the last decade, according to Steven Weitzman, who until recently was both former director of the IU Borns Jewish Studies program and professor of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies. Not only did Goldstein spearhead the campaign to establish an endowed chair for this department, but he and his wife also established the Leonard M. and Ruth K. Goldstein Matching the Promise Scholarship in Jewish Studies, a four-year scholarship that will initially be awarded to an incoming freshman in fall 2010. According to Goldstein, giving and volunteering is "a tradition. As a matter of fact, it's almost a requirement in Judaism. The word is 'tzedakah', and it means responsibility."