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Brooklyn woman celebrates making the century mark • Brooklyn Paper

Brooklyn woman celebrates making the century mark

L’Chaim: Getting together at Trump Village to celebrate Ethel Berkowitz’s 100th birthday are, standing, from left, Eva Kogen, Mark Hunter Berkowitz, family friends, and Leila Hammer. Seated, from left: Sofya Dukler, Andrea Herskowitz, Ethel Berkowitz, and Councilman Chaim Deutsch.
Photo by: Georgine Benvenuto

Brighton Beach

It’s cheers, applause and lots of b-day wishes for Ethel Berkowitz. The swinging senior turned the magical age of 100 last month and celebrated the auspicious day with son Mark Hunter Berkowitz; Jewish Association for Services for the Aged staff members Andrea Herskowitz, Naturally Occurring Retirement Community program director; Eva Kogen, and Sofya Dukler, and long-time friend and peer senior Leila Hammer. Ethel was treated with a gift of 100 cents on a plaque and a special visit by Councilman Chaim Deutsch (D–Brighton Beach) who presented Ethel with a proclamation honoring her longevity.

She has been a member of JASA for 17 years and has lived in Trump Village for the last 53 years. She was also in the medical field for 75 years and worked long into her 80s.

When asked about her long life, she said the secret is about making choices.

“I never smoked, I never drank, I always volunteered, did for others, I worked until I was 87 years old,” she said. “Don’t let anything bother you.”

Standing O agrees, and wishes Ethel many more birthdays.

JASA Trumps United [458 Neptune Ave. at Ocean Parkway in Brighton Beach, (718) 372–8815].

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