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For Sofia Kossower, Enjoying Life to the Fullest is Second Nature 

Sofia Kossower

FREEHOLD, N.J. (Jan. 4, 2024) — For centenarian Sofia Kossower, a resident of Manalapan, N.J., living one day at a time and enjoying life to the fullest are second nature. “Age doesn’t mean a thing and you can’t predict the future,” she has been known to say.  

Kossower recently celebrated her 100th birthday with family and staff at The Jewish Home for Rehabilitation & Nursing in Freehold, where she was staying temporarily for therapy (she is now home following a successful rehab experience!). Committeeman Anthony Ammiano presented the centenarian with a Freehold Township proclamation during the festivities. 

“Sofia radiates positivity,” said The Jewish Home’s Dana DeRobertis, director of life enrichment. “It was our delight to have Sofia with us at The Jewish Home and celebrate this milestone birthday with her and her family. Our thanks to Committeeman Ammiano for joining us and presenting Sofia with this special proclamation.” 

Kossower resided in Brooklyn, N.Y., for 68 years before moving to Manalapan to live with her son, Jerry.  

Born on November 30, 1923, in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Kossower relocated with her parents, brother and sister to Nizhny Tagil in the Sverdlovsk region of Russia during World War II. When the war ended, she attended nursing school and worked in a hospital, where she met her beloved, Jack. The smitten pair married and moved around Western Europe with the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS).  

In 1952, HIAS assisted the couple in immigrating to the United States with their six-year-old daughter, Ida. The family settled in Brooklyn, where they welcomed twin boys, Harry and Jerry, and Jack bought a grocery store. The couple were married for 48 years before his passing in 1994. Kossower was a stay-at-home mom for their three young ones and the sought-after caregiver for many relatives’ children, too. Family remains one of Kossower’s greatest joys; the centenarian now has five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. 

“We hosted every holiday at our home,” said Kossower, who also has fond memories of taking cruises with her husband and playing cards with friends. “I just love being surrounded by people.” 

The Jewish Home, located at 1151 W. Main St., provides post-hospital care, short-term rehab and long-term residential care. The 150-bed skilled nursing facility also includes a synagogue on premises, provides focused Jewish programming and offers OU certified Glatt Kosher cuisine. It has been recognized as a 2023 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). More information on The Jewish Home can be accessed at


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