Dear Cathy, Liz, Abigail, spouses and grandchildren, I was very saddened to learn of the loss of your dear father, Harvey Z”l. As you might know, Harvey and I were very close friends for many years. We visited each other and spent time discussing the future of the Jewish people in general and the state of Israel in particular— especially the economy and higher education, fields in which Harvey was an expert. I will always cherish his wisdom, kindness, fantastic sense of humor and his passion for the future of the State of Israel.
As a very important board member of the American Friends of the Tel Aviv Foundation, Harvey felt that his role was to help me understand priorities in management. So, during my first years as a Mayor (in the early 2000s) we used to communicate often. Harvey, who was so clever, had an amazing sense of humor. He shared his experience with me and suggested how to solve the most difficult issues in very clear and articulate ways.
Harvey was always there when I needed help as a very generous philanthropist and as a thinker. Often, I used to call to consult with him, which was always an eye opener. His ideas were those of a big thinker and in most cases his advice was brilliant since he knew how to think “out of the box.”
What a remarkable and unusually wonderful person he was. Four months ago we met for the last time; I recognized that the death of Connie, the love of his life, was unbearable. Connie was his world. She was so special: warm, thoughtful, honorable, down to earth; she always cared for Harvey, the family and others.
Harvey’s personal biography is in itself an essential history of the 20th century in the U.S.A and Israel. He was among the people who helped create the miracle: a Jewish Homeland for the Jewish people. The qualities in life that were so important to him, especially in business and education,— his devotion, passion, optimism and motivation— were gigantic .
I and the entire Tel Aviv Yafo Foundation family will always be grateful to Harvey and Connie for their extraordinary generosity. I lost a friend, and the Jewish people lost one of its Pillars.
I am sure that Harvey has left his legacy in the good hands of his family, who will carry on and continue building our future.
My deepest sympathy for your great loss. May his soul rest in peace.
Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo