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We were excited to read that Ivanka Trump, vice president of Real Estate Development and Acquisitions at the Trump Organization and daughter of real estate mogul Donald Trump, is converting to Judaism. Ha’aretz reports that Trump will be converting with Rabbi Haskel Lookstein of Congregation Kehillath Jeshurun on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. According to sources, she is converting at the request of her fiancé, Jared Kushner, and they have been attending services on a regular basis, even eating in a sukkah every night during Sukkot. Ivanka has yet to speak openly about her decision, but her actions indicate a genuine interest in Judaism and its traditions.

We would like to welcome Ivanka to the Jewish community, and we hope she feels embraced and accepted by her new religion - not because of her celebrity, but because of her desire to join the Jewish people. We invite Ivanka and all other women who are Jews-by-choice or in the process of converting to join our Empowering Ruth listserveand learn more about the Empowering Ruth program for women who have recently converted to Judaism.

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