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Jewish evangelist mourned

14 September 2012

By a staff reporter


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, Jesus."

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, Israel.


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