Jacob was born in Klishkivtsi, Bessarabia in 1904 to Hersh Zvi Sadovnick and Frieda Krohn. Jacob had two sisters — Chaika and Pauline. Both sisters left for America from Chotin Bessarabia (now Ukraine) in 1920.
Their father Hersh Zvi had preceded them to America where he saved enough money in the Immigrants Bank to pay for their passage.
Traveling on a single passport, they arrived at New York City's Ellis Island. From there, Chaika and Pauline traveled to Philadelphia, where their father was living.
Jacob himself arrived in America in 1920 at the age of fifteen. He attended and completed high school in Philadelphia. Some time later, the family moved to Brooklyn, New York.
Jacob worked in the garment industry as a cutter, designer, and pattern maker.
He was a member of the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union. Jacob opened his own dress factory in Miami, Florida. In 1940, he was a delegate to the Democratic Convention.
Jacob was married five times, for a total of sixty-four years. He had three children — Milton, Rose,
and Harriet — with his first wife, Helen, who died after thirty-four years of marriage. He has eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Jacob retired at the age of seventy-seven; he passed away at the age of ninety in Atlanta, Georgia and is buried there.
The following letters were written by Jacob to his daughter, Harriet Belfer Sadoff Kasow.
The letters, in which Jacob describes his life in Bessarabia during the period from 1914 to 1920, were sent to his daughter intermittently over a number of years.
– Harriet Belfer Sadoff Kasow
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