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"Mother and I were among the throngs of people on Massachusetts Avenue watching the Israeli flag being raised and celebrating the birth of the new State of Israel. I knew right then and there that the Jewish people would never again be considered a wandering people—we had a homeland at last."

Jeanne Levin, a life member of Hadassah, is the daughter of Luba Kaplan, active with Pioneer Women in the 1940s and 1950s.

Photo: Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, declared the State's independence on May 14, 1948. At 6:11 pm, President Truman officially recognized the new State. Washingtonians gathered at the Jewish Agency building on Massachusetts Avenue, NW. The crowd cheered as the flag of the new State of Israel was raised on Embassy Row. Copyright The Washington Post. Reproduced with permission.

President Truman officially recognizes Israel as a new State