Evelyn Kozak, world’s oldest Jewish person

June 21, 2013


Evelyn Kozak, the world’s oldest Jewish person, died in New York at the age of 113.

Kozak, who was also the world’s seventh oldest person, died last week, a day after having a heart attack. She would have been 114 in August.

She was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City in 1899, one of nine children in a family that had left Russia in the 1880s to escape the anti-Semitic pogroms. Kozak was Sabbath observant and kept kosher.

A widow since 1957, Kozak outlived two husbands. She had five children, 10 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, according to The Associated Press. (JTA)

Evelyn Kozak,
world’s oldest Jewish person

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