Jared Kushner once broke up with Ivanka Trump because she wasn't Jewish
One of the most popular couples in America in today's times, Ivanka and Jared, met in 2005, however, they briefly broke up in 2008 over religious regions.
President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner reportedly once separated — three years into their relationship — because Ivanka was not Jewish. Trump's closest administration members and his allies often cite Kushner's ethnicity to downplay the accusations of anti-Semitism in the Trump campaign. One of the most popular couples in America in today's times, Ivanka and Jared, met in 2005, however, they briefly broke up in 2008 over religious regions. It was Kushner, who is Modern Orthodox, who wanted to withdraw from the relationship, according to a report in The New Yorker.
"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... The family kept kosher and observed Shabbos; the children went to religious schools," the news outlet had stated.
The couple's breakup, however, did not last long and they made up after Wendi Deng Murdoch, former wife of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, invited the duo for a weekend on their yacht. Shortly after the meeting, Kushner bought a 5.22-carat diamond engagement ring for Ivanka and she went on to begin a rigorous conversion process under the tutelage of Rabbi Haskel Lookstein at the Upper East Side’s Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun.
Kushner, who has been described by The New York Times, as the "de facto campaign manager" of President Trump is a real estate developer and owner of The New York Observer. Reports state that he bought the media house under Murdoch's advice for nearly $10 million.
Kushner and Ivanka, who observe Shabbat and keep kosher, live on Park Avenue with their three children. Trump, right before the birth of his daughter's third child, in his address at the 2016 AIPAC Policy Conference had said: "My daughter, Ivanka, is about to have a beautiful Jewish baby.”
Trump, however, has often been in news for his anti-semitic undertones in some of his tweets and statements. The republican had created a controversy after tweeting pictures of Hillary Clinton with a six-pointed star superimposed with money and a caption that read “Most corrupt candidate ever!”
The incident resulted in Kushner having to come for his father-in-law's defense, stating: "My father-in-law is not an anti-Semite. The fact is that my father in law is an incredibly loving and tolerant person who has embraced my family and our Judaism since I began dating my wife. His support has been unwavering and from the heart," he had written in his newspaper's op-ed.