by a staff reporter
ONE of the founders of the evangelistic movement Jews for Jesus,
Jhan Moskowitz (above), has died after a fall in New York.
He was 64.
He fell and hit his head in a subway station, causing
haemorrhaging on the brain, on Tuesday of last week. He was removed
from a life-support system the next day.
Mr Moskowitz was the son of a Holocaust survivor. His parents
fled to the United States, and he was born in the Bronx, New York
City, in 1948. He became disenchanted with religion, but, after
volunteering at a kibbutz in Israel, he started exploring his
spirituality, and later embraced Christianity.
He described this years later, saying: "When I went to Israel I
was an atheist, but by the time I left, I knew that God did exist.
I became a seeker. I felt God had created the universe with a
purpose, and I wanted to know his purpose for my life. I found my
answer in 1971, when I came to terms with God through his Messiah,
He was one of the original volunteers for Jews for Jesus, even
before the organisation was properly formed in 1973, and he founded
a mobile drama team, the Jerusalem Players.
Memorial services were held in New York; in Chicago, where he
led the branch of Jews for Jesus for 20 years; and in Tel Aviv,