Last week, Vogue magazine published an interview with Ivanka Trump, the beautiful daughter of business mogul Donald Trump, in which she expressed how converting to Judaism has improved her family.
Ivanka spoke about her conversion, and revealed various details about her religious observances; one is that she keeps Shabbat with her husband, Jared Kushner, to the point that they did not even use their phones on the Sabbath.
In the interview, Ivanka said, “We observe the Sabbath. From Friday to Saturday we don’t do anything but hang out with one another. We don’t make phone calls.”
She had previously preferred to keep her changes in religious beliefs out of the media’s headlines. However, during dinner in the Trump SoHo hotel with reporter Jonathan Van Meter, the subject arose as the waiters served their food. The 33-year-old Ivanka said, “We don’t eat meat… or, well, we keep kosher.”
Ivanka was born in 1981 in New York City. Her father Donald Trump is a Presbyterian Christian. He and her mother Ivana, divorced in 1991, when Ivanka was 10-years-old. She spent two years at Georgetown University, then transferred to the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating summa cum laude in 2004 with a B.S. in Economics.
During the interview, Ivanka, a mother of two, went into more detail about her life since her conversion in July 2009. After studying with Rabbi Elie Weinstock from the Modern Orthodox Ramaz School, Ivanka converted to Judaism and took the name Yael. “Yael” is a popular Jewish women’s name. Yael was an Old Testament woman who, according to the story from Judges 5:24-27, defeated enemy general Sisera by stabbing a tent peg though his head, enabling the Israelites to gain victory in a war.
Ivanka explained, “We’re pretty observant, more than some, less than others. It’s been such a great life decision for me. I am very modern, but I’m also a very traditional person, and I think that’s an interesting juxtaposition in how I was raised as well. I really find that with Judaism, it creates an amazing blueprint for family connectivity.”
She was motivated to make the move because the family of her husband, businessman Jared Kushner whom she married on October 25, 2009, are Orthodox Jews. Jared shares ownership with his father Charles Kushner of Kushner Properties. Jared is also the owner of The New York Observer in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Two years after they married, Ivanka gave birth to her first child in July 2011, a daughter named Arabella Rose. Then in October 2013 she gave birth to a baby boy named Joseph Frederick Kushner.
In addition to being a wife and mother, Ivanka is the Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions at The Trump Organization, which involves her in all the company’s real estate and hotel management initiatives. In addition, she had a successful modelling career, and has her own fashion line of handbags and shoes. Ivanka Trump is the principal of Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry. The Ivanka Trump Lifestyle Collection also includes fragrance, footwear, handbags, outerwear and eyewear collections.