Paying tribute to ‘the doctor who saved the life of Jerusalem’

Among the countless human rights causes supported by Jewish philanthropist Dr. Irving Moskowitz, Jerusalem always figured high on his agenda.

Determined to return lands and properties seized from Jews by Arabs in the eternal Jewish capital, Moskowitz was a key donor to organizations who do just that.

During his funeral Monday, Jerusalem activists lauded his immense contributions to the cause of Jerusalem.

Among them were Mati Dan and Daniel Luria, the Director and Executive Director of the Ateret Cohanim organization.

In his eulogy in Hebrew and English, Dan recounted how Dr. Moskowitz first came to support the Jewish revival in Jerusalem.

"You told me 'I was head of the JNF United States – nobody told me we can redeem the Old City!' And from that time I had the privilege… of working with you.

"You told me; 'My dream is to redeem the whole Old City.'"

Speaking to Arutz Sheva during the funeral procession, Luria emphasized Moskowitz's lasting legacy in the Israeli capital.

"He's not gone. What will give all of us comfort is the knowledge that someone with passion and drive and determination – and maybe some money – can change the face of Jerusalem.

"He was not just a person with some money… some people refer to him as the prince of Jerusalem… Every stone, every building, every old yeshiva was part of his fiber."

Western Wall Heritage Foundation Director Mordechai (Suli) Eliav, echoed those feelings in his eulogy, describing "a special man."

"He was a man of vision with a big heart. He loved the Jewish people with every bone in his body, and he loved Jerusalem with all of his heart. I really feel luck to have known him."

David (Davidele) Be'eri, Chairman of the City of David Foundation, hailed Dr. Moskowitz as "the only doctor that saved the life of Jerusalem."

He credited Moskowitz with saving the project to rebuild the ancient heart of Jerusalem, hailing him as someone combined idealism, faith and vision.

Jerusalem councilman Arieh King, who heads the Israel Land Fund, described the elderly philanthropist as his adoptive grandfather, who nurtured his project to save Jewish lands in Jerusalem and throughout Israel.

"Any time I knew I could call you to talk about anything – and especially about Jerusalem."

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/213879

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