OUR JEWISH HERITAGE
MY GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHER AND GRANDMOTHER ORIGINALLY FLED KIEV, UKRAINE IN 1903 AND TRAVELED TO SCOTLAND.
MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER ESTHER NOVAK WED BEN COHEN AND THEN THEY TRAVELED ON A 6 WEEK BOAT JOURNEY TO NEW ZEALAND, WHERE MY GRANDMOTHER ESTHER COHEN BECAME A FAMOUS DRESS DESIGNER, SPECIFICALLY WEDDING DRESSES. IN ORDER TO HIDE THEIR JEWISH IDENTITY THEY CHANGED THEIR LAST NAME FROM COHEN TO COWAN.
Although throughout history our family has suffered for being Jewish, we are grateful that YAHWEH designated for us to be part of this lineage and be his 'KEEPERS OF THE BOOK'.
Teach me, O YAHWEH, to follow your decrees; then I will keep them to the end. Give me understanding, and I will keep your Torah and obey it with all my heart. Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. (Psalms 119:33-35)
Solomon and Pearl Novak Esther and Eva and their husbands
Solomon and Pearl Novak
Esther and Eva Novak
Cohen's first dress making shop in scotland
Ben Cohen in military uniform
Ben Cohen's Parents
Ben and Esther wedding in 1910
Esther at 29
Ben and Esther's two daughters Gerta and Eva
Esther Cohen's first dress boutique in Wellington New Zealand
Many people changed their name from Cohen to Cowan to avoid antisemitism
Left to right Eva, Rachelle, Esther, Rochelle (daughter of Eva, Gerta