Alex and his wife Chuckie are lifelong philanthropists dedicated to civic engagement in Central New York. Alex was a founding member on the board of trustees of the Jewish Community Foundation of Central New York, Inc. Many members of the Holstein family are recognized for their community leadership in the founding of the CNY Community Foundation and Community Chest (United Way). The Holsteins were leaders of Temple Concord, Community Nursery School at Pioneer Homes, Syracuse Housing Authority, Hotel Syracuse and the Corinthian Club.
“My grandfather, Adolph Holstein, was one of the founders of the Community Foundation in the 1920s. My father was also on the board in later years. When I was on the board, Peggy Ogden was the director. She and I started the Neighborhood Leadership Program. We went around to a lot of different places, making speeches and so forth, trying to encourage people to do something for themselves through their leadership. It made me aware of what’s going on and what isn’t going on in the community.”