Rabbi Moskowitz was born in New York City, where he attended Central Synagogue. His father was a lawyer; his mother helped to set up the Jewish Museum there. Rabbi Moskowitz graduated from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and then from Lewis and Clark Law School also in Portland. Prior to rabbinic school, he was a lawyer and spent seven years working for the City of Portland, first as a deputy city attorney and then as an Assistant to the Mayor. Subsequently, he went into private practice, where he primarily represented cities and school districts around the state of Oregon.
In addition to having worked as a lawyer, Rabbi Moskowitz also worked for two years as a daycare teacher. While in Portland, he served on a number of Jewish Federation committees as well as on the board of trustees of Congregation Beth Israel. He related to us that he felt very honored to serve as the lawyer for an organization of Holocaust survivors in the establishment of a Holocaust memorial in Portland.
Rabbi Moskowitz and his wife, Ana, were both members of their synagogue in Portland, which is where they met. During their year in Israel (the first year of rabbinic school), Ana studied with a scribe and learned the art and tradition of Hebrew calligraphy.They have five children.