Evelyn Kozak, the world’s oldest Jew, died at the age of 113 on
June 11 after suffering a heart attack and was buried in a Brooklyn cemetery. Kozak’s family escaped from Russia due
to anti-Semitism in the late 19th century.
According to the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group, an organization of that validates the ages of supercentenarians, Kozak was the world’s oldest documented Jewish person and the seventh-oldest person in the world.
“As old as she was, we really expected her to live forever,” her granddaughter Brucha Weisberger told the Associated Press. Kozak had five children, 10 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.