Ivanka and Jared are both senior advisers to US President Donald Trump, making them two of the most influential people in the world. However, Jared’s position in the administration may never have come to pass if his parents had had their way when he first started dating Ivanka. According to 2019 book ‘Kushner Inc’, they were partly responsible for the couple’s brief break-up in 2008.
Their concerns were mostly due to Ivanka not being in the Jewish faith, which was very important to them as a family.
Author Vicky Ward wrote: “After a year of dating, they split in April 2008, in part because Jared’ parents were horrified by the match.
“Seryl and Charlie were dismayed at the idea of their son marrying outside the faith.
“The idea was particularly offensive to Seryl, who had raised the children.
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Charles, Jared and Seryl Kusher 2007
“They were her world and her world was the closed conservative Jewish culture she had grown up in.
“Charlie and Seryl refused to meet Ivanka, although Hammer repeatedly talked to Charlie about it.”
Alan Hammer was a family friend and lawyer, who acted as the chairman of Kushner Companies while Charlie was in prison in the mid-2000s.
Charlie, a successful real estate developer, spent two years behind bars after pleading guilty of eighteen charges in 2005.
Seryl and Charles Kushner
The charges were for aiding in the preparation of false tax returns, making false statements to the Federal Election Commission and retaliating against a witness, who happened to be his own sister Esther.
Mr Hammer was a trusted associate of Charlie, and he reportedly questioned his friend about his refusal to meet Ivanka.
He said: “You’re the closest people to your children of anybody that I know.
“So, what are you going to do, Charlie? Are you going to go sit shiva for your favourite child?”
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Ivanka and Jared’s wedding, 2009
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Shiva is a period of seven days of formal mourning for the dead, observed by Jews.
Jared and Ivanka split for three months, but reunited on a boating holiday organised by Rupert Murdoch’s then-wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch.
They rekindled their romance and soon after Ivanka converted to Judaism.
However, the conversion was to be done “on Charlie’s terms” and, according to family friend Bob Sommer, he made the process “as challenging as possible” to test her devotion.
Mr Sommer said: “This wasn’t like, ‘Talk to a rabbi, read a couple of paragraphs. It was hard and it was on Charlie’s terms.”
Despite this, Ivanka not only passed the test but far surpassed expectations and soon both Charlie and Seryl were “effusive” about her.
Charlie reportedly explained proudly to a friend that Ivanka really wanted to be Kushner, because they were the close family she never had.
The same could not be said for Donald Trump and his opinion of his new son-in-law however.
Ivanka and Jared welcomed by Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe at G20
For one, he was “baffled” and “discombobulated” by his daughter’s conversion, later saying to political aide Sam Nunberg: “Why should my daughter have to convert to marry anyone?”
For another, he used to joke at Jared’s expense, saying things like “Why couldn’t she have married Tom Brady?” and “Jared is half the size of Tom Brady’s forearm.”
He also had a dim view of Charlie Kushner, who he thought was stupid to have been “caught by the feds”.
Nevertheless, the pair were married in 2009 in a Jewish ceremony and went on to have three children.
Both worked hard on the Trump presidential campaign in 2016 and, after his inauguration, were appointed his advisers.