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Simion Kenner
Simion Kenner
Birth: 18 September 1912
Kamianets-Podilskyi, Khmelnytskyi Oblast, Russian Empire (now Ukraine)
Death: 15 May 2022
Haifa, Haifa District, Israel
Age: 109 years, 239 days
Country: UkraineUKRIsrael ISR

Simion Kenner [Hebrew: סימיון קנר] (18 September 1912 – 15 May 2022) was an Ukrainian-Israeli centenarian who, at the time of his death, was the oldest known living person in Israel and the oldest known living Ukrainian-born man.


Early years

Simion Kenner was born in Kamianets-Podilskyi, Khmelnytskyi Oblast, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) on 18 September 1912, the youngest son of Mendel and Chaika. He had two brothers, and two sisters. His parents were owned a small craft store.

His family moved to Odessa, where his father was chosen by the community to serve as the rabbi of the community. His father refused for fear of the fate of his children due to his identification as a Jewish rabbi but served unofficially in the position.

In the 1930s, he was forced to leave school and support his family in work, but returned to school, went on to study at the University of Odessa's Faculty of Economics, and completed a master's degree in economics.

World War II

During the World War II, his older sister and her family were murdered by the Nazis who entered Ukraine, and were buried in a mass grave.

He and his brother were drafted into the Red Army in early of the World War II. Kenner was injured twice and was even considered dead. He and his brother served in until the end of war.

Later years

A year later of the war, there was a suspicion that he had contracted violent cancer, but it turned out that he had pieces of metal left in his leg from German shrapnel that had caused the infection.

After the war, Kenner returned to Odessa where he started working as an economist. He married a woman called Nahuma and had two children: Raya (Raisa) and Ernie (Arkady).

In 1990 at the age of 78, he moved with his family to Haifa. In June 2021, he received a certificate of appreciation to Shimon Sabag, the founder and director of Yad Ezer L'Haver. As of October 2021, he had four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

He may have become the oldest known living person in Israel, following the death of Heinke Gilad on 7 March 2022.

Kenner died on 15 May 2022 in Kiryat Eliezer neighbourhood, Haifa, Haifa District, Israel, at the age of 109 years, 239 days. His funeral was held on 17 May 2022.



Israel's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Maria Pogonowska • Unknown • Israel Kristal • Unknown • Henya Rabinov • Heinke Gilad • Simion KennerRebecca AsherZadok ZilachaMarcello Reichstein