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Long Beach, NY - Gala Birthday Bash For World’s Oldest Jewish Person On Long Island

Published on: October 30, 2014 09:15 PM
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Oct. 30, 2014 - Family members of 114 year old Goldie blow out the candles on her cake. Credits: Roy Renna / BMR Breaking NewsOct. 30, 2014 - Family members of 114 year old Goldie blow out the candles on her cake. Credits: Roy Renna / BMR Breaking News

Long Beach, NY - She may be listed on Wikipedia as the thirteenth oldest verified supercentenarian in the world, but today Goldie Steinberg is going by another title:  Birthday Girl.

A resident at the Grandell Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Long Beach, Mrs. Steinberg is reportedly the oldest living Jew in the world, the eighth oldest living person in the United States and the oldest living resident in New York. 

One of just 67 supercentenarians whose age has been verified by the Gerontology Research Group, Mrs. Steinberg is also one of twelve Grandell residents who have been privileged to celebrate their hundredth birthday.

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Mrs. Steinberg came to the United States at age 23, brought over from Kishinev by a wealthy uncle, along with her sisters Sara and Rose Karfunkel.  Upon their arrival in America, the sisters changed their family name to Garfunkel and Mrs. Steinberg, possibly the last survivor of the Kishinev pogrom of 1903, settled in Brooklyn.

She met her husband Philip, who also hailed from Kishinev through the Kishinev Society and the couple raised their two children at 6309 23rd Avenue in Bensonhurst. Philip Steinberg, who worked as a jeweler on Fulton Street, died in 1967.

Oct. 30, 2014  -Mr. Moishe Heller of Grandell Rehab & Nursing Center shows Goldie a photo of herself on her 114th Birthday. Credits: Roy Renna / BMR Breaking NewsOct. 30, 2014 -Mr. Moishe Heller of Grandell Rehab & Nursing Center shows Goldie a photo of herself on her 114th Birthday. Credits: Roy Renna / BMR Breaking News

Mrs. Steinberg lived in Bensonhurst for a total of 72 years, finally deciding to relocate to Grandell in 2004 so that she would not become a burden to her children.

“You never know if being in a heimishe nursing home, that is under strict rabbinical supervision and is 100 percent kosher could have given her the zechus for her incredible arichus yomim,” Grandell administrator Moishe Heller told VIN News.

Mrs. Steinberg was in high spirits today for her birthday, clad in a purple dress and a sweater she made for herself, adorned with a cameo.  Mrs. Steinberg’s insisted on having her hair professionally done in honor of the momentous occasion.

“A girl stays a girl even at 114,” joked Heller.

The three hour bash, which began at 3 PM this afternoon featured music, blue and gold balloons, sushi, fruit platters, hors d’oeuvres, pink cupcakes, cookies and several bottles of liquor, giving participants the opportunity to make a l’chaim in honor of the guest of honor. 

A large white birthday cake adorned with pink and lavender flowers and a picture of Mrs. Steinberg took center stage only to the birthday girl who was seated on an elaborately upholstered white throne. The former seamstress, grandmother of four and great-grandmother of seven was in high spirits chatting happily with both visitors and the many members of the media who were on hand to record the milestone event.

Goldie's daughter Anne wheels Goldie down the white carpet to begin the celebration of her 114th Birthday at Grandell Rehab Center. Credits: Roy Renna / BMR Breaking NewsGoldie's daughter Anne wheels Goldie down the white carpet to begin the celebration of her 114th Birthday at Grandell Rehab Center. Credits: Roy Renna / BMR Breaking News

Among those in attendance were many of Mrs. Steinberg’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and those family members who couldn’t come to Long Beach today are planning to visit the family matriarch over the course of the week.

Also present were Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, congressional hopeful Bruce Blakeman, Councilwoman Eileen Goggin, Councilwoman Fran Adelson and Assemblyman Harvey Wiesenberg, with Senator Dean Skelos sending a proclamation honoring Mrs. Steinberg.

Youngsters from several schools including Torah Academy for Girls in Far Rockaway, Shulamith School for Girls in Cedarhurst, Yeshiva Ketana of Long Island and Yeshiva University High School for Girls in Hollis came to Grandell to celebrate Mrs. Steinberg. 

A delegation of over a dozen girls from the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach, weekly visitors who go to school just down the block from Grandell, were also present for today’s festivities, lining the walkway as the guest of honor was wheeled into the gala celebration, showering her with flower petals and singing both Happy Birthday and Yaakov Shwekey’s Eishes Chayil.

“The girls love visiting the residents,” said Mrs. Perel Rauch, a sixth through eighth grade teach at HALB, who also heads the school’s Bikur Cholim Club.  “They often visit Mrs. Steinberg and speak to her, and in amazement, they watch her keep busy with her knitting. They find it truly wondrous that Mrs. Steinberg is still such a capable person despite her age.”

“We are thrilled to be able to celebrate yet another birthday with Mrs. Steinberg and her family and happy that more of our students will be able to participate in such a momentous occasion,” added Mrs. Yael Axelrod, director of student life at HALB.

114 year old Goldie Steinberg, photos of her younger years are picuted behind her. Credits: Roy Renna / BMR Breaking News114 year old Goldie Steinberg, photos of her younger years are picuted behind her. Credits: Roy Renna / BMR Breaking News
Goldie who turned 114 years old today poses for a picture with her family at the Grandell Rehab Center. Credits: Roy Renna / BMR Breaking NewsGoldie who turned 114 years old today poses for a picture with her family at the Grandell Rehab Center. Credits: Roy Renna / BMR Breaking News
Goldie's daughter Anne wheels Goldie down the white carpet to begin the celebration of her 114th Birthday at Grandell Rehab Center. Credits: Roy Renna / BMR Breaking NewsGoldie’s daughter Anne wheels Goldie down the white carpet to begin the celebration of her 114th Birthday at Grandell Rehab Center. Credits: Roy Renna / BMR Breaking News
Long Beach School students stop by Grandell Rehab Center to bring Goldie a birthday card for her 114th Birthday. Credits: Roy Renna / BMR Breaking NewsLong Beach School students stop by Grandell Rehab Center to bring Goldie a birthday card for her 114th Birthday. Credits: Roy Renna / BMR Breaking News
Goldie's birthday cake. Happy 114th Birthday Goldie. Credits: Roy Renna / BMR Breaking NewsGoldie’s birthday cake. Happy 114th Birthday Goldie. Credits: Roy Renna / BMR Breaking News
Goldie who turned 114 years old is pictured with her daughter and 2 staff members of Grandell Rehab. Credits: Roy Renna / BMR Breaking NewsGoldie who turned 114 years old is pictured with her daughter and 2 staff members of Grandell Rehab. Credits: Roy Renna / BMR Breaking News
Johnnie Parlor wishes Goldie a happy 114th birthday. Ms Parlor is an LPN that tends to Goldie at the Grandell Rehab Center. Credits: Roy Renna / BMR Breaking NewsJohnnie Parlor wishes Goldie a happy 114th birthday. Ms Parlor is an LPN that tends to Goldie at the Grandell Rehab Center. Credits: Roy Renna / BMR Breaking News
Goldie who turned 114 years old today is pictured with her 72 year old daughter Anne Teicher at the Grandell Rehab Center. Credits: Roy Renna / BMR Breaking NewsGoldie who turned 114 years old today is pictured with her 72 year old daughter Anne Teicher at the Grandell Rehab Center. Credits: Roy Renna / BMR Breaking News


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 Oct 30, 2014 at 10:28 PM Benjey Says:

We have so much to learn from these older people.
They have so much knowledge and history.
Hashem should help she should be healthy and have nachas from her children grand children. And great grand children.

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 Oct 31, 2014 at 10:27 AM Choni Hamagel Says:

Just wondering; is it appropriate to bless such an older person that they should live till 120? If the answer is yes, then that's saying you can hang around another 6 years but then you gotta go. Wouldn't she be insulted? I hope I can answer the question when I am her age.

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 Oct 31, 2014 at 10:33 AM TexasJew Says:

If my mother- in law was living at 114, I would be institutionalized.
Mazal Tov and many more.

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 Oct 31, 2014 at 12:07 PM Barzilai Says:

Reply to #3  
TexasJew Says:

If my mother- in law was living at 114, I would be institutionalized.
Mazal Tov and many more.

Not if she was.

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 Oct 31, 2014 at 01:05 PM The_Truth Says:

WOW!
May she have many more Arichas Yomim v'Shonim.

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 Nov 01, 2014 at 09:03 PM Anonymous Says:

Reminds me of the question
What do wish some a day before their 120th birthday

Have a nice day.

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 Nov 18, 2014 at 08:42 PM WearegratefulMoshe Says:

It brings me so much joy to read of Goldie's birthday and that she is healthy and clear. I only wish we could meet her and her family as we are related. My great grandpa Moshe brought her to America and I am so grateful to him and all of our clan...how fortunate we are to be safe and free. L'chaim to Goldie and her family! May our paths cross someday when the time is right! Love to you all from your west coast relatives.

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 Aug 16, 2015 at 08:53 PM yankees Says:

She was just Niftar.
Surrounded by her Family. 114 years young

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