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Stephen Goldring, 1908-1996, was a prominent businessman and philanthropist. Born in Pensacola, Florida he started a wholesale alcohol distributorship soon after the repeal of Prohibition. In 1944, Goldring expanded his business into New Orleans with the founding of the Magnolia Marketing Company with his long-time business partner Malcolm Woldenberg. During his over fifty
years in the business, Goldring grew to become one of the most successful and respected members of his industry.
Goldring believed that with financial success came great social responsibility. He created and directed the Goldring Family Foundation, which supported many charities in Louisiana, Florida, and Israel. He also oversaw the Woldenberg Foundation, after Malcolm's death. Focusing on health, welfare, education, and the arts, Goldring devoted the last twenty years of his life to philanthropic endeavors. His foundations supported such institutions as Tulane University, the University of New Orleans, the Jewish Federation of New Orleans, the Anti-Defamation League, Temple Sinai, the Henry S. Jacobs Camp, Touro Infirmary, the Audubon Institute, United Way, and many others.
Malcolm Woldenberg, 1896-1982, was a committed philanthropist and leader of the Jewish community of New Orleans, Louisiana. Born in Montreal, Canada to Jewish immigrants from Europe, Woldenberg eventually became the partner of Stephen Goldring in their Magnolia Marketing Company, a leading distributor of beer, wine, and liquor. "Uncle Mal" as he was popularly known, was dedicated to the survival of Judaism and the Jewish people and was especially active in Congregation Tikvat Shalom.
After his great financial success, Woldenberg dedicated himself to his philanthropy, making major contributions to the Touro Infirmary, the Jewish Children's Regional Service, Lakeshore Hebrew Day School, Tulane University, where he endowed a chair in the School of Business Administration, and Children's Hospital, where he helped to build a spinal wing. He also supported several projects in Israel, including a cultural center, seventeen day care centers and kindergartens, and the Dorothy and Malcolm Woldenberg Orthopedic Hospital and Rehabilitation Center which treats more than 5,000 children and young adults a year. Since his death, Woldenberg's philanthropic vision lives on through the work of the Woldenberg Foundation.
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