World’s oldest known Jew dies at 114

Goldie Steinberg, reportedly the world’s oldest known Jewish person, died at age 114 on Aug. 23.

Goldie Steinberg celebrating her 112th birthday in Long Beach, New York, on Jan. 13, 2013. photo/jta-youtube

Steinberg died at the Grandell Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Long Beach, New York, according to Chabad.org. She was two months away from her 115th birthday.

Steinberg was born in 1900, one of eight siblings. As a child, she survived the 1903 pogrom in Kishinev, in what is now Moldova, in which 49 Jews died and 500 were injured over two days.

She moved to the United States in 1923 and lived in New York City, where she married and had two children. Steinberg worked as a seamstress until retiring at age 80 and lived independently until she was 104.

“My grandmother’s life — surviving the pogroms, losing siblings in the Holocaust — it was a history lesson,” said Peter Kutner, Steinberg’s grandson, according to Chabad.org, the Chabad-Lubavitch movement’s news site. “She was a very selfless person; she always thought of others.”

Steinberg is survived by her two children, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. — jta