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October 30: 114 Years Old

Lawrence Bush
October 29, 2016
Goldie Steinberg, a survivor of the notorious 1903 Kishinev pogrom who lived to 114 and reportedly remained mentally sharp until her last moments, was born in Kishinev on this date in 1900. Steinberg came to the U.S. in 1923, married, had two children, and worked as a seamstress until the age of 80. She lived independently until 104 and spent her last decade in a Long Beach, New York nursing home, where she died in 2015. According to Tablet, “in 2013, CBS New York reported on Steinberg’s 113th birthday. At the time she was the fourteenth oldest person in the world. She was joined by her 71-year-old daughter and 11-year-old great-grandson for the festivities and told CBS she was ‘very, very happy.’” To see footage of that party, look below.

“My children are so happy for me. That’s my secret.” --Goldie Steinberg

​​​​Lawrence Bush edited Jewish Currents from 2003 until 2018. He is the author of Bessie: A Novel of Love and Revolution and Waiting for God: The Spiritual Explorations of a Reluctant Atheist, among other books. His new volume of illustrated Torah commentaries, American Torah Toons 2, is scheduled for publication this year.