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Morris A. Moskowitz, Retired Faculty, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, died on November 25, 2007. Professor Emeritus Moskowitz was Chairman of the Department of Hebraic Studies.

Donations can be sent in his name to the National Yiddish Book Center, Harry and Jeanette Winberg Building, 1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002 or submitted via the Internet at

He was born the youngest of three children on Sept. 15, 1928, in New York City. He grew up in Brooklyn with his two sisters, Dorothy Kravitz and Ann Farber, both of whom predeceased him. Upon graduating from high school he worked for the New York State Workmen's Compensation Board. He received his B.A. degree from Hunter College in 1965. He received his M.A. degree and Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University in 1970. Prior to his position at Rutgers University, he taught at the State University of New York at Albany. He began teaching in the Department of Hebraic Studies at Rutgers University in 1973, where he earned the respect of his colleagues and the admiration of his students in Hebrew language and literature, Yiddish language, and American Jewish studies. He rose to the position of chairman of the Department of Hebraic Studies at Rutgers over the course of his 28-year teaching career there. He will always be remembered for his great love of family, Yiddish, and music. His unique sense of humor and joy of life will forever be missed.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Martha; two daughters, Chaya and Yosefa, their husbands, Edward and Adam, and his two grandchildren, Daniel and Tobias.

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