Dr. Irving Moskowitz Baruch Dayan Emet
Dr. Irving Moskowitz Baruch Dayan Emet

The world today buries a Jewish hero, a man who has rightfully been called the Montefiore and Rothschild of our time, Dr. Irving Moskowitz.  One of the foremost philanthropists in the Jewish world, he had a steadfast dedication to the Jewish people and his commitment and legacy will live on forever.

Condolences to his wife Cherna, his wife and partner for the past sixty years, a true Eishet Chayil.  Dr. Irving Moskowitz was a holy man concerned with good deeds and doing the right thing. A man whose life work forever changed the map of Jerusalem. 


Irving Moskowitz was born on January 11, 1928 in New York City, the ninth of thirteen children. He was a semi-professional baseball player before entering the University of Wisconsin where he received the Phi Beta Sigma scholastic award for academic excellence.  After receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Medical Science, Dr. Moskowitz began practicing medicine in Long Beach, California and then transformed his career as a physician into an entrepreneurial career building and managing hospitals.

Dr. Irving Moskowitz dedicated himself thoroughly to his family and people.

As The Irving Moskowitz Foundation website notes, the man believed “…that everyone should have the opportunity to succeed in life. He believes in extending to a disadvantaged student the scholarship that will enhance his or her life by ensuring that a child experiences the pride, fun and teamwork of playing on a sports team; or in seeing that inner city sixth graders have an outdoor, hands-on learning experience at science camp.”

Dr. Moskowitz said, “I remember growing up hungry, but I cannot sit idly by and watch children in our community grow up without food to eat.”  He helped so many, so often, quietly to help people in need “regardless of race, creed, politics or religion.” 

Over the more than twenty years I knew the man, I found him to be clear minded, devoted, passionate, humble and caring. He worked tirelessly to make a difference and do the right thing.

Dr. Irving Moskowitz realized the difference every single person can make in this world.  Israel and Jewish issues were foremost on his philanthropic priorities. Dr. Irving Moskowitz was deeply influenced by the fact that he often lost 120 family members in the Holocaust, noting that his tireless work was about “doing the natural thing for a Jew – trying to save our nation.” As he said, “What could be more natural for a person with [my] upbringing than to want to help his people in Israel who are being surrounded by people that want to destroy the country?”

The great prophet Hillel noted: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, what am ‘I’? And if not now, when?” Dr. Irving Moskowitz epitomized this quote.

Baruch Dayan Emet.

May his wife Cherna, eight children and more than forty grandchildren be comforted among the mourners of Zion.  May the remarkable life and dedication of Dr. Irving Moskowitz to keeping Jerusalem the undivided capital of Israel be a legacy for all of the Jewish people.