The man who quietly built Gush Etzion

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June 12, 2014 11:30

Moshe Moshkowitz recalls the journey he took to contributing to the creation of 10 communities across the country.




Moshe Moshkowitz

Moshe Moshkowitz (left) in Kibbutz Masuot Yitzhak during Purim this year.. (photo credit:Courtesy)

Moshe Moshkowitz’s light blue eyes twinkle as they peer at you. In his modest Jerusalem office in Heichal Shlomo, the 89-year-old great-grandfather talks with contagious enthusiasm about his life’s work of establishing Israeli communities. A man who has gone about his work quietly, Moshkowitz has had a hand in the establishment of 10 Jewish communities across Israel since before the establishment of the state.

Moshkowitz, affectionately known as Moshko, pioneered two blocs of Israeli communities: Gush Etzion and the Shafir Regional Council in the south, where he served as council head for 27 years and established the Or Etzion Yeshiva High School.

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