Sol Moretsky died on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, in Phoenix at the age of 85. A businessman, philanthropist and leader of the Jewish community, Sol was born on Nov. 11, 1935, in Detroit, Michigan, to Ben Moretsky of Kansas City, Missouri, and Elizabeth Saulles of Bucharest, Romania. Always a hard worker with an entrepreneurial spirit, Sol started numerous businesses in Detroit including the Michigan franchise of Mr. Softee Ice Cream before settling into a career in real estate and construction. He formed Haverhill Realty and Pontiac Construction Company, building fast food chain stores in the 1960s. In the 1970s Sol focused on building luxury custom homes and eventually shopping center ownership and management of the Redford Oaks Shopping Center (formerly “7 Grand”). After moving to Phoenix in 1981, Sol continued to operate Redford Oaks while establishing himself in the realty and construction business in the Valley of the Sun.
Over the past four decades, Sol was a passionate volunteer leader in the Jewish community. He held numerous leadership positions on several boards including serving as president of the board of directors of Kivel Campus of Care, a board member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix and president of Congregation Beth Israel. Sol was also appointed by Gov. Jane Hull to the state’s Council on Aging.
As president of the board of directors of Congregation Beth Israel from 2005 to 2007, Sol oversaw the efforts toward Congregation Beth Israel’s purchasing the 52-acre Camp Daisy & Harry Stein property in Prescott from the federal government. Through Sol’s love, commitment and determination, hundreds of Camp Stein campers received scholarships as result of Sol’s tireless efforts throughout the years. Sol and his wife Rita were honored at the CBI Gala in 2015 and he was named a lifetime member of the CBI board of directors.
Sol is survived by his wife Rita Moretsky, daughter Lesa (Tim) Moretsky-Jordan, son Scott Moretsky, stepdaughter Jamie (Robert) Eisenfeld Jennings and stepson Dr. Steven Eisenfeld, and brothers Dr. Robert (Barbara) Moretsky and Dr. Sanford (Barbara) Moretsky. He was the grandfather of Elayna Jordan, Jacob Jordan, Michael (Sarah) Moretsky, Brynn Sheckell and Quinn Eisenfeld. Funeral services have been held. Donations may be made in Sol’s memory to Congregation Beth Israel to benefit
Camp Daisy & Harry Stein. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary. JN