Philanthropist Dr. Irving Moskowitz, z”l

Mati Dan (L) and Dr. Erwin Moskowitz (R) examine the land they intedn to build on, in eastern Jerusalem. Florida millionaire Erwin Moskowitz is gona fund a a Jewish neighbourhood on land he owns at sheik Jarrah. Mati Dan in head of the organization "Ateret Kohanim" (Ateret Cohanim) that aims to populate east Jerusalem, and it's old city, by Jews. Photo by Flash90 *** Local Caption *** ??? ?? ? ??' ?????? ???????? ???? ????? ???? ???? 17/09/1997
Dr. Irving Moskowitz (R.) at the site of the land he intended to build on in eastern Yerushalayim. (Flash90)

Dr. Irving Moskowitz, one of American Jewry’s leading philanthropists, passed away Thursday at the age of 88.

Moskowitz, born in 1928 in New York, was the ninth of thirteen children born to Jewish immigrants from Poland. He grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and received a medical degree from the University of Wisconsin. He then moved to California where he started his medical practice, and later built and managed hospitals. He started the Moskowitz Foundation in 1968.

A passionate and lifelong supporter of Israel, Moskowitz, through his foundation, supported countless initiatives in Israel and across the Jewish world.

Dr. Moskowitz was a particularly ardent supporter of the right-wing groups, notably of the Jewish communities in Yehudah, Shomron and in East Yerushalayim, aiding countless projects to reclaim Jewish land stolen by Arabs during the early twentieth century.

In 2007 Moskowitz worked toward resettling Jews in Arab neighborhoods in East Yerushalayim by initiating plans to build apartments on the site of the Shepherd Hotel in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

He is survived by his wife, Cherna, eight children and dozens of grandchildren.

Yehi zichro baruch.

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