WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her Jewish husband Jared Kushner — often cited by those who wish to downplay accusations of anti-Semitism in the Trump campaign and validate the candidate’s commitment to the Jewish community — once separated, three years into their relationship, because Ivanka was not a member of the tribe at the time.
According to a report in the August 22 issue of The New Yorker, the power couple, who met in 2005, briefly broke up in 2008 over religious differences, with Kushner, who is Modern Orthodox, pulling the plug.
“The lingering issue was religion,” the article said of the rupture. “The Kushners hoped that Jared would marry a Jewish woman… Donald Trump is Presbyterian, and Ivanka — who in the documentary ‘Born Rich’ appears wearing a necklace with a silver cross — was not what they’d had in mind.”
Kushner’s parents, Charles and Seryl Kushner, raised their children in an Orthodox environment. “The family kept kosher and observed Shabbos; the children went to religious schools,” said the piece’s author, Lizzie Widdecombe...
Shortly after, Kushner bought Ivanka a 5.22-carat diamond engagement ring and she went through a rigorous conversion process under the tutelage of Rabbi Haskel Lookstein at the Upper East Side’s Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun.
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