Jacob Izak (Ajzensztajn) Eisenstein, passed away on Friday, January 5, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on February 13, 1922 in Tomaszow Maz, Poland. Jacob was a survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Dachau and Buchenwald Concentration Camps and proudly outlived his tormentors. Jacob and his brother Julius were the only survivors of their immediate family during the Holocaust. Jacob met his wife Rose Obarzanek in their hometown and they were married for 67 years until she passed away in 2013. After the war, Jacob and his brother Julius went to their hometown to look for other survivors. They found none. He then went on to Munich where he was reunited with Rose, the girl he had fallen in love with before the war. They were married on April 7, 1946, in Munich where they lived for the next few years. In 1950, they boarded a train from Munich to take them to the port of Bremerhaven. They arrived at Ellis Island in New York on Labor Day 1950 and then continued their journey to Texas.
He is survived by his children Arnold and Harriet Eisenstein, Haidee Clairfield and Don McCarley; Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren, Andrea and Yosef Winard, Sophia and Alyssa; Joshua Clairfield, Mandy Clairfield, Madysen, Caitlin and Catherine; Leslie and Gerrick Henry, Jonathan, Jeremy and Jace; and Stephanie Clairfield and Patrick Carter, Ashley and Harrison.
Jacob was a man of perseverance, strength and courage and always had a generous heart. He was committed to his family and wanted his family to have a better life than he did. He was a survivor at heart and his passion for life has lived on through his family. Jacob was a Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, mentor and friend. Jacob started Eisenstein Construction Company in 1953 and later organized a new business by the name of Jacob Homes. He received the “Apartment Builder of the Year” in 1963 from the National Association of Builders (NAHB). Jacob was active in the community and a longtime member of Congregation Beth Yeshurun where he ushered at High Holiday services. The beautiful stories he told and his life experiences will live on in our hearts forever.
Graveside Services will be at the Beth Yeshurun Post Oak Cemetery, 1037 N. Post Oak Road, Houston, TX 77055 on Monday, January 8, at 4 pm.
Donations may be made in his memory to the Holocaust Museum Houston, Beth Yeshurun or the charity of your choice.