On Friday afternoon, April 4, 30 Brandeis National Committee members were treated to a one-of-a-kind Study Group at the Roskamp Center. Elinor Borenstine, daughter of Eddie Jacobson, a former Kansas City, Missouri, haberdashery partner of President Harry S. Truman, talked to our group and enthralled us with the story of how Eddie Jacobson influenced the President to recognize the State of Israel.
Mrs. Borenstine, age 93, resident of Sarasota, told stories, read letters, showed photos and talked of her continuing contact with the Truman Library on these matters. We were able to hear about a piece of our collective history from a first-source witness.
It was Eddie Jacobson, lifelong friend of Harry Truman, who was able to convince the President to recognize the State of Israel in the U.N in 1948. We were all mesmerized by her talk and awed by our ability to hear of this vitally important piece of Jewish history from the source.