Leonard Bornstein

May 13, 1936July 3, 2018

Dr. Leonard Bornstein, 82 of South Orange, NJ, passed away on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 after a 15 year battle with lymphoma. Born in Patterson and raised in Newark, he lived in Maplewood for 46 years before moving to South Orange three years ago. A graduate of West Side High School, he received bachelor and master’s degrees from Newark State College and a Doctorate in Education from Rutgers University.

“Lenny” is remembered by friends and family as an educator, advocate, band leader, world traveler, patron of the arts and extraordinary humanitarian. He was the principal of Collins School, and Harrison School in Livingston, NJ and then served as administrator of pupil personnel services, retiring in 1996. He then became a career in volunteerism, primarily with JESPY House and Arts Unbound, both serving on the Board of Directors, and taking an active role with clients. He received a 2010 Seeds of Hope Award from New Jersey Monthly Magazine for his work with Arts Unbound. In 2011, he wrote and published a children’s book, “No Hop, the Kangaroo Who Thought He Couldn’t”. He also served as a master of ceremonies at more than 2500 Bar and Bat Mitzvah parties during the lengthy career as proprietor of Leonard Bornstein Entertainments.

Dr. Bornstein is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; beloved sons and daughters-in-law: Philip (Christine Andreadis) and Ira (Kelly Tirik); cherished grandchildren: Lindsey, Nicholas and Michael as well as by nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends galore.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:15 pm on Friday, July 6, at Bernheim Apter Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, 68 Old Short Hills Rd., Livingston, NJ. Donations in his memory may be made to Arts Unbound, 554 Freeman St., Orange, NJ 07050


  • Arts Unbound


  • Memorial Service Friday, July 6, 2018

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Caryn Hirsch

November 4, 2018

I have remembered Mr. Bornstein my entire life. He was my 6th grade teacher at Collins Elementary school in Livingston. I moved to Los Angeles after I graduated Collins. He was the only teacher I will ever remember. he was nothing short of amazing. He made every day of school special for everyone, and I never wanted to fake being sick when I was in his class! I have followed him through the years. I am now almost 63 years old. I often thought of writing to him to tell him how fantastic a teacher he was, but now I find I am too late. To his family- I wish you all peace in your time of greif. May his memory be a blessing.

howard elliot

July 5, 2018

Lenny was nice enough to book me as various novelty & off-beat characters through the years.He was also my 5th grade teacher in the 60,s and instilled an appreciation of the arts in me that remains with me .Lenny always had great enthusiasm whether as a teacher,booking agent,or M/C entertainer and told it like it was .I am privledged to know him .

Harold Kravis

July 4, 2018

Dear Barbara,
My deepest sympath to you and your family.
I know Dr Lenny Bornstein from Livingston Schools
Dr Lenny Bornstein was a good friend to me he gave side jobs to do.
Dr Lenny Bornstein told me he drove a bus to the day camp I went at the YMHA-YWHA in 1964-1968
Dr Lenny Bornstein to me had ( Chutzpah )

Bruce Goldberg

July 3, 2018

Lenny married my cousin Barbara in February 1963, so I've know Lenny for 55 years. To me, Lenny was always a renaissance man...a person who did so many different teacher, principal, entertainer, lover of the arts among them...and was good at everything he did. He lived life to the fullest and he touched so many people.

I think the first time I met him was at my Bar Mitzvah in the fall of 1963, a few months after he and Barbara got married. I've attached a picture of Barbara and Lenny seated at a table at my Bar Mitzvah, with my father standing next to them. About a year ago I came up from the DC Area and visited Barbara and Lenny in their new apartment after they had moved out of their house in Maplewood. The three of us had a wonderful afternoon talking about everything, including Lenny and I debating the relative merits of his New York Mets and my Washington Nationals.

Lenny lived a full life. That's something to celebrate. He'll be greatly missed.

Denise Weiner

July 3, 2018

I met Lenny only once, but knew him well through his lovely book and his even lovelier wife, Barbara. Barbara and I shared many hours in Ocean Grove painting and getting to know each other’s families over years of dinners and dishes of ice cream at Days. This is how I know that Lenny was a special person who was loved unconditionally by Barbara, his children and grandchildren. This is how I know that Lenny was dedicated to the arts and respected by so many. This is how I know he will be missed so much by everyone he touched.