Sisterhood Blog

Should Ivanka Want a Sheitel...

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

  • Print
  • Share Share

Welcome to the tribe, Ms. Trump.

No sooner had the mikveh water dried from her conversion to Judaism this week than Ivanka Trump became affianced to Jared Kushner.

The future Mrs. Trump-Kushner announced their engagement by sending off this Tweet.

She completed her conversion this week under the tutelage of Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, who is among the last of this country’s old-time modern Orthodox rabbis. He is the long-time spiritual leader of the Upper East Side synagogue, Congregation Kehillat Jeshurun. Hopefully he gave her a sense of what will be expected of her as a married Jewish woman.

Ivanka, best known for assisting father Donald Trump on his show The Apprentice, works for her father’s real estate development company and is also the creator of a self-named diamond jewelry company.

Her intended wisely chose a 5.2 carat ring from her collection for his proposal of marriage Wednesday night.

Kushner, son of N.J. real estate mogul, tzedakah-macher and convict Charles Kushner, is a 28 year old business mogul himself, currently owner of The New York Observer.

In this new blog post, journalist Gabriel Sherman updates his excellent recent New York magazine profile of young Mr. Kushner with new details about the future Ms. Trump-Kushner’s involvement with the Kushner family. For all of her gloss and savvy, in the update the young businesswoman sounds like a balabusta in the making. “I don’t think we’ve ever been to a nightclub together in two years,” she said. “I’m really thankful for that. I have a lot of stamina, but I don’t think I have the stamina to work as hard as I do and play that hard.” One of their favorite activities is to group friends together for dinner parties. “I’ve learned how to cook,” Ivanka said. “Once a week, we have a night in and I cook for just the two of us. We turn everything off and spend time together and talk about what we’re working on.”

Sounds like good prep for hosting the Shabbat and festival-eve dinner parties that are surely in her future. Ivanka doubtless has a few things to learn to be a Jewish woman who can create the kind of home environment that her husband-to-be was used to, growing up in a modern Orthodox home in Livingston, N.J. She’s already been to a local mikveh fundraiser, according to New York magazine, and of course, experienced a dip for the first time herself this week, as she emerged from the water, stripped of diamonds and designer duds, simply a Jew.

Being married probably doesn’t involve covering her beautiful blonde tresses with a sheitel. But if, for some reason, she decides to, she may want to take advantage of the deal being currently offered by the Sarah Palin wig — now “drastically reduced!”

In any case, The Sisterhood wishes you mazal tov, Ms. Trump and Mr. Kushner. Yours will undoubtedly be the Jewish wedding of the century — diamond-bedecked huppah, anyone?

Hopefully the only drama will involve observing whether a satin yarmulke will stay put on top of Donald Trump’s architectural coif, and whether the bride’s mother, Ivana Trump, will bring her last known boyfriend, a French model 22 years her junior, as her “plus 1.” At least the bride and groom won’t be arguing, in their early marriage, about whose parents they go to for seder and Rosh Hashana-eve dinner.

But what do we give as a wedding gift to the couple who surely has everything? I have the perfect idea: a copy of Blu Greenberg’s classic work, “How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household.”

Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump

The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Lydia Kowalyk Sun. Jul 19, 2009

Does Ivanka have any Jewish blood on her mother's side? Ivana Trump was born in the Czech Republic. I thought I read somewhere that 25% of Czechs have some Jewish blood?

JewishBride Mon. Jul 20, 2009

I hope Ivanka starts blogging for I can't wait to hear more about this wedding!

Ivanka had a phony conversion Tue. Jul 21, 2009

Why was my comment deleted? Did the Kushner's pay you off? The Forward now is protecting the criminal Kushner family from criticism. Unbelievable.

Ivanka went through a fraudulent conversion to get married to Jared Kushner. It was done by Rabbi Lookstein who is known to perform phony conversions for Gentile woman for the reasons of marriage. Ivanka is still a Gentile!

Find us on Facebook!
  • The Workmen's Circle is hosting New York’s first Jewish street fair on Sunday. Bring on the nouveau deli!
  • Novelist Sayed Kashua finds it hard to write about the heartbreak of Gaza from the plush confines of Debra Winger's Manhattan pad. Tough to argue with that, whichever side of the conflict you are on.
  • "I’ve never bought illegal drugs, but I imagine a small-time drug deal to feel a bit like buying hummus underground in Brooklyn."
  • We try to show things that get less exposed to the public here. We don’t look to document things that are nice or that people would like. We don’t try to show this place as a beautiful place.”
  • A new Gallup poll shows that only 25% of Americans under 35 support the war in #Gaza. Does this statistic worry you?
  • “You will stomp us into the dirt,” is how her mother responded to Anya Ulinich’s new tragicomic graphic novel. Paul Berger has a more open view of ‘Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel." What do you think?
  • PHOTOS: Hundreds of protesters marched through lower Manhattan yesterday demanding an end to American support for Israel’s operation in #Gaza.
  • Does #Hamas have to lose for there to be peace? Read the latest analysis by J.J. Goldberg.
  • This is what the rockets over Israel and Gaza look like from space:
  • "Israel should not let captives languish or corpses rot. It should do everything in its power to recover people and bodies. Jewish law places a premium on pidyon shvuyim, “the redemption of captives,” and proper burial. But not when the price will lead to more death and more kidnappings." Do you agree?
  •'s Allison Benedikt wrote that Taglit-Birthright Israel is partly to blame for the death of American IDF volunteer Max Steinberg. This is why she's wrong:
  • Israeli soldiers want you to buy them socks. And snacks. And backpacks. And underwear. And pizza. So claim dozens of fundraising campaigns launched by American Jewish and Israeli charities since the start of the current wave of crisis and conflict in Israel and Gaza.
  • The sign reads: “Dogs are allowed in this establishment but Zionists are not under any circumstances.”
  • Is Twitter Israel's new worst enemy?
  • More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the current ground operation in #Gaza.
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?

We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.