Stephen Goldring, 1908-1996, was a prominent businessman and philanthropist. Born in Pensacola, FL, 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 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 20 years of his life to philanthropy, supporting institutions including Tulane University, University of New Orleans, Jewish Federation of New Orleans, the Anti-Defamation League, Temple Sinai, Henry S. Jacobs Camp (now URJ 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, LA. 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, which later merged with Chevra Thilim and became Shir Chadash.
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 (endowing 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. Since his death, his philanthropic vision lives on through the Woldenberg Foundation.
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