Author: Sacharoff, Justin
Date published: March 15, 2012
Journal code: JWEX
Edith Rosen, a longtime resident of Elkins Park who is not afraid to call herself "the best," celebrated her 106th birthday last week with her friends and family at Sunrise Senior Living in Abington.
Surrounded by many of her friends, Rosen was treated to the tunes of decades past, sung by the two-person group known as Unforgettable.
She's always been "a doer," said Lisa Duke, director of community relations at Sunrise.
An active member of Temple Har Zion in Mt. Holly, N.J., for 25 years and a tailor by trade, Rosen also acted as a caterer and chef at Har Zion, as well as being a member of the sisterhood.
"Everyone says that I'm the best," Rosen proclaimed of her accomplishments, though she immediately added that she never brags.
Though her hearing has been impaired by age, Rosen has not lost her energy and her mental sharpness. She is known for her generosity as well.
To anyone interested, she will proudly show the medallion around her neck, representing the hours and money she has donated to Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, N.J.
As a teenager, Rosen emigrated from Lithuania with her family, arriving at Ellis Island in the early 1920s, and she still has a Lithuanian accent.
A polyglot, she is able to speak Lithuanian, Russian and English.
Something else Rosen has held on to is her religion, keeping kosher to this day. She and her husband, Harry, helped found Har Zion before it even had a building of its own. The couple was married for more than 35 years, until he passed away at age 54.
Rosen's granddaughter, Ellen Rubin, noted that her grandmother has always been politically active and has insisted on voting in every election during her lifetime.
Though Rosen lives most of the time with her eldest daughter, Rina Rothis, she spends time at Sunrise Senior Living while her family is out of town.
Rosen has a 94-year-old sister, Rona Saltzman, who was there to celebrate with her. Along with Rothis, Rosen has three other children, eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Clearly, vitality is a family trait.
Jewish Exponent Feature