Ivanka Trump and Husband Jared Kushner Tout Benefits of Shabbat Observance: ‘We Turn Off Our Phones for 25 Hours’
by Shiryn Ghermezian
Renowned businesswoman and heiress Ivanka Trump and her husband, real estate mogul Jared Kushner, praised the benefits of observing Shabbat in the March issue of Vogue magazine, saying it is the one day a week they spend all their time together as a family, Jewish Insider reported on Wednesday.
“From Friday to Saturday we don’t do anything but hang out with one another. We don’t make phone calls,” Trump said. “It’s an amazing thing when you’re so connected to really sign off. And for [my daughter] Arabella to know that she has me, undivided one day a week? We don’t do anything except play with each other, hang out with one another, go on walks together. Pure family.”
Kushner added that his wife learned to cook so she could make Shabbat meals. He said, “for Friday, she’ll make dinner for just the two of us, and we turn off our phones for 25 hours.”
Trump and Kushner dated for two years before getting married in 2009 in a lavish, star-studded ceremony with 500 guests in New Jersey. Trump converted to Judaism before marrying Kushner and her father, business tycoon Donald Trump, recently joked that while he didn’t plan on having a Jewish daughter, he was “very glad it happened.”
Ivanka said she is always reluctant to discuss her conversion to Judaism in public because it is “such a personal thing.” Explaining their level of observance, she told Vogue that they are “pretty observant, more than some, less than others.”
“I just feel like it’s such an intimate thing for us.” 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 think that’s an interesting juxtaposition in how I was raised as well.”
“I really find that it Judaism, it creates an amazing blueprint for family connectivity,” she added.