Is Ed Koch Jewish?

Ed Koch was Jewish. The former mayor of New York City died on February 1, 2013 of congestive heart failure.

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Edward Irving "Ed" Koch was born December 12, 1924. He was known for being an American lawyer, politician, political commentator, movie critic and television reality show judge. He served in the United States House of Representatives from 1969 to 1977. He also served three terms as mayor of New York City, from 1978 to 1989. He also became known as a judge on the television judge show The People's Court from 1997 to 1999.

Born in The Bronx at New York–Presbyterian Hospital, Koch was the son of Yetta (née Silpe) and Louis Koch, immigrants from Poland. His father worked at a theater. The family affiliated with the Conservative Movement of Judaism. Koch was a strong advocate for the Jewish State of Israel.

Koch grew up in Newark, NJ and he graduated from South Side High School in Newark in 1941. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1943 where he served as an infantryman with the 104th Infantry Division, landing in Cherbourg, France in September 1944.

As mayor of NYC, he brought the city out of bankruptcy. He was outspoken and always said what he was thinking. Koch died on February 1, 2013 at 88 years old.

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