- Ivanka Trump converted to Judaism in 2009 ahead of marriage to Jared Kushner
- Kushner family said to have asked about joining Ohev Sholom in Washington DC
- Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld shouted down Donald Trump at an event earlier this year
- Herzfeld said to have told Verizon Center audience: ‘Do not listen to this man’
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are hoping to join an Orthodox synagogue in Washington DC whose rabbi once shouted down the President-elect, it has emerged.
The mother-of-three, 35, whose father, Donald, is Presbyterian, converted to Judaism in 2009 ahead of her marriage to Mr Kushner, whose family are Orthodox Jews.
A representative from the Kushner family is understood to have asked about membership at Washington DC’s Ohev Sholom modern Orthodox synagogue – the oldest of its kind in the district.
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner (pictured) are hoping to join an Orthodox temple in Washington DC whose rabbi once shouted down the President-elect, it has emerged
A representative from the Kushner family is understood to have asked about membership at Washington DC’s Ohev Sholom modern Orthodox synagogue (pictured)
The rabbi, Shmuel Herzfeld (right), has strongly criticised Donald Trump (left) in the past
But the rabbi, Shmuel Herzfeld, has strongly criticised Donald Trump in the past.
Earlier this year he shouted the Republican down at a conference being held at the city’s Verizon Center arena, telling the audience to ‘not listen to this man’ and that he ‘inspires racists and bigots’.
According to the New York Post, Herzfeld has not confirmed the approach by the Kushner family.
But members of the congregation told the newspaper the pair would be welcome to worship with them at the 130-year-old synagogue, with one saying: ‘We are open to everybody.’
Ivanka Trump converted to Judaism in 2009 ahead of her marriage to New York Observer owner Jared Kushner, whose family are Orthodox Jews. Trump and Kushner are pictured above
In an interview with Vogue, she said: ‘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.’
The former model-turned-businesswoman added: ‘I really find that with Judaism, it creates an amazing blueprint for family connectivity.
‘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.’
The couple have both been major players in Donald Trump’s presidential transition team, sitting in on key meeting and advising the President-elect on strategic decisions.