June 22, 2017

Brunch and Learn: Harry Truman and the State of Israel

Harry Truman, My Grandfather, and a Bottle of Bourbon – The Historical and Personal Moments Leading to International Recognition of the State of Israel  

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President Truman granting de jure recognition of Israel.  From left to right: President Truman, Edward Jacobson, Maurice Bisgyer, B’nai B’rith Secretary, Frank Goldman, B’nai B’rith International President.

Lox & Bagel Brunch and Learn
Sunday, December 4, 2016, 10am – 12pm
Jewish Community Center

Join us for our lox & bagel brunch on Sunday, December 4, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and learn about “Harry Truman, My Grandfather, and a Bottle of Bourbon
–The Historical and Personal Moments Leading to International Recognition of the State of Israel”
with B’nai B’rith Board Member Frank Goldman.

This is the historical and personal story of how Frank Goldman’s grandfather and namesake, B’nai B’rith International President Frank Goldman, came to influence one of the most significant events of the 20th Century: U.S. Recognition of the State of Israel.

With the end of the World War II, after more than 6 million Jews and countless others perished at the hands of the Nazis, the momentous challenge facing the world was the plight of the hundreds of thousands of Jewish survivors who languished in “displaced persons” camps across Europe. On May 2, 1947, Frank Goldman became International President of B’nai B’rith, and among his first actions was to call upon the United Nations to facilitate the establish of a homeland for Jewish people in Palestine. In September 1947, a UN special committee voted in favor of partitioning Palestine into a Jewish and Arab State. Frank Goldman immediately sent a telegram to US President Harry S. Truman asking for full US support. Although it initially appeared that the US would support partition, the US State Department and others succeeded in changing US policy. Without US support, there was no possibility that a Jewish state would become a reality, and the fate of those who had endured Nazi atrocities seemed to be sealed.

goldmanbengurion0001Many Jewish leaders appealed to President Truman, but the White House was closed to them. Frank Goldman knew that something needed to be done. He knew that President Truman’s close, personal friend and business partner, Eddie Jacobson, was a B’nai B’rith member in Missouri. Together with Mr. Jacobson, they appealed to President Truman to meet with Chaim Weizman, internationally famous scientist and later the first President of Israel, in March 1948. Through these efforts, on May 15, 1948, the US supported recognition of the State of Israel and immediately the Soviet Union and others followed suit.

On January 31, 1949, when President Truman extended official recognition to Israel, the only invited guests in his office were Eddie Jacobson, the Secretary of B’nai B’rith, and my grandfather.

When: Sunday, December 4, 10 am-12 pm

Location: Jewish Community Center Phillips Social Hall
350 S. Dahlia St., Denver, CO 80246

Members – $10, Non-members – $15
Lox and bagels and beverages will be served.

Register online or RSVP and pay at the door
Online pre-registration ends December 2.

Online registration is now closed.

RSVP or email questions to: nreplin@gmail.com

About our presenter:
Frank Goldman is Senior Counsel with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He has been a member of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement for approximately 7.5 years, serving in both the Chicago and Denver Regional offices. As an Enforcement attorney, Frank has investigated and litigated a number of SEC violations, including insider trading, accounting fraud, Ponzi schemes, market structure violations, market manipulations, and best execution violations. He is an active member of B’nai B’rith Denver and serves on the Board of Directors.