Remembering Joel Moskowitz z''l


Joel P. Moskowitz, z"l
(1940-2015 )

Our deepest sympathies go out to Ann Moskowitz whose beloved husband Joel passed away yesterday after a long struggle with cancer. Joel was a pacesetting supporter of Jewish Federation & Family Services of Orange County and was especially proud to support his wife Ann as Chair of the JFFS Passport to Jewish Life® educational grant program by establishing the Ann Moskowitz Passport to Jewish Life® Endowment Fund on July 26, 2014.

Trained as a ceramic engineer at Alfred University, from which he graduated in 1961, Joel also earned an MBA degree at the University of Southern California in 1967 and eventually became an entrepreneurial superstar in the commercial ceramics field. Starting with only his life savings and a telephone in a bedroom, he co-founded and built his company Ceradyne into a worldwide, diversified ceramics business focused on defense, transportation, electronics, medical, nuclear, solar, oil and gas applications. He was most proud of developing rugged and reliable ceramic armor plates which could be credited with saving tens of thousands of U.S. military lives. For his extraordinary contributions to the field of ceramics, he was honored in 2012 by the American Ceramic Society as a Distinguished Life Member.

For many years, he and his wife Ann have been passionate supporters of Jewish community organizations and institutions including Jewish Federation & Family Services of Orange County, Jewish National Fund, The Reut Institute, The Orange County Bureau of Jewish Education, Friendship Circle, The Merage Jewish Community Center, and Temple Bat Yahm. Joel has also provided remarkable leadership and financial support to several academic institutions, including Alfred University, from whom he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree in 2005; Clemson University; Chapman University; Technion - Israel Institute of Technology; and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He served on the Board of Trustees of The American Ceramic Society; Alfred University; and Chapman University.

The funeral will take place on Wednesday, March 18th at 1:00 p.m. at Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach, followed by burial at Pacific View Memorial Park; a meal of condolence will take place at Temple Bat Yahm following burial. 

Donations in Joel’s memory may be made to Jewish Federation & Family Services of Orange County, Jewish National Fund, or Alfred University.

May God comfort Ann and her family among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem and may Joel’s memory be for a blessing.




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