Joseph Kushner

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Joseph Kushner
Born Joseph Berkowitz
(1922-10-10)October 10, 1922
Küstrin, Germany, (now Kostrzyn nad Odrą, Poland)[citation needed]
Died October 5, 1985(1985-10-05) (aged 62)
New Jersey, US
Nationality American
Occupation Real estate magnate
Reichel "Rae" Kushner (m. 1945)
Children Murray Kushner
Charles Kushner
Relatives Jared Kushner (grandson)
Joshua Kushner (grandson)
Marc Kushner (grandson)

Joseph Kushner (born Joseph Berkowitz [1]) (October 10, 1922 – October 5, 1985) was an American real estate magnate, the father of Murray Kushner and Charles Kushner, grandfather of Jared Kushner, Joshua Kushner, and Marc Kushner. At the end of his career, he owned over 4,000 apartments, houses, and properties, which he willed to his family.

In August 1945, he married Reichel "Rae" Kushner (February 27, 1923 – 2004) in Budapest.[1][2] Rae Kushner is from the Belarusian city of Navahrudak, and is remembered for their participation in the escape (via digging a tunnel) from the local Jewish ghetto established by the Nazis. In an area where about 10,000 Jews lived before World War II, about 550 survived. The story of Rae Kushner and her brother Honie is on display in the local Museum of Jewish Resistance, for which Charles Kushner was the chief benefactor.[1] The Kushners came to the US as Holocaust survivors from Belarus in 1949.[1]

The Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy and the Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School, both in Livingston, New Jersey, are named in their honour.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "Jared Kushner's family is a legend in this Belarus town"
  2. ^ "Mini Bio: Rae Kushner". Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  3. ^ "Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy/Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School". 2016-09-28. Retrieved 2017-04-18.