Monday, December 21, 2015
DONALD TRUMP'S "TREE OF LIFE" PLAQUE WHEN HE WAS HONORED BY THE JEWISH NATIONAL FUND IN 1983 - MY FATHER, DR. SAMUEL I. COHEN PRESENTED TRUMP WITH THIS BEUTIFUL AWARD
My father, Rabbi Dr. Samuel I. Cohen, zt'l served with distinction as the Executive Vice President of the Jewish National Fund of North america for over 25 years. On March 1, 1983, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, in New York City, long before he was seeking the Presidency, my father and Charlotte Jacobson were privileged to present the JNF's most covetous award, the "Tree of Life Award" to Donald Trump in appreciation of his outstanding dedication to the cause of American-Israeli friendship and for his support of Israel. Here is the plaque that hangs prominently in Mr. Trump's office. I was at the banquet honoring Mr. Trump, and I recall his impassioned words about Israel. Afterwards, I recall my father telling me what a pleasure it was to deal with Mr. Trump. You can see the importance that Mr. Trump placed on this award, as it overlooks his desk in his office.