Almost a year ago, I blogged about Ivanka Trump beginning her conversion studies. Now, not only has Ivanka converted, but she and Jared Kushner married last weekend at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ.
Rabbi Yonah, a writer for the group blog Jewlicious, posted a beautiful speech in honor of Ivanka and Jared, blessing their union and urging them to use their high-profile statuses to inspire the Jewish community. Rabbi Yonah writes:
With the world’s media focused on the life you choose to live, you are in a perfect position to bring renewal and meaning to the Jewish community. You can celebrate Jewish holidays and values while inspiring the world. Make a Chanukah party benefiting orphans, create a Tu B’Shvat Seder with a local organic farm, build shelters for the homeless before Sukkot. Create a Yom Hatzmaut event that let’s us feel what a miracle it is to have a Jewish state.
Following Rabbi Yonah’s blog, commenters posted both in support and against Ivanka and Jared. Those individuals sending blessings and warm comments Ivanka and Jared’s way represent the best of the Jewish community—a people historically welcoming and hospitable. We would also like to remind Ivanka that our previous invitation for her to join Empowering Ruth – our program for women Jews-by-choice – still stands.
JOI wishes Ivanka and Jared the best of luck and we hope their marriage is filled with happiness and blessing.