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Jared Kushner’s family donated to group led by Trump’s inauguration rabbi

Rabbi Marvin Hier

NEW YORK CITY (JTA) –Jared Kushner’s family has donated to an organization headed by the rabbi who is scheduled to deliver a prayer at the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

The Charles and Seryl Kushner Family Foundation has donated $35,000 to the Simon Wiesenthal Center —$25,000 in 2011 and $10,000 in 2012 —the Israeli daily Haaretz  has reported, citing the foundation’s tax filings. The rabbi, Marvin Hier, is the dean and founder of the Los Angeles center.

Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, is the son of Charles and Seryl Kushner. The Kushner family is Jewish, and Ivanka Trump underwent an Orthodox conversion before the couple was married.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee has announced that Hier will offer readings, recite an original prayer and give Trump and incoming Vice President Mike Pence each a benediction at the Jan. 20 ceremony. He is one of six religious leaders who will participate in the inauguration.

Hier expressed concern about Trump when he was a candidate, but since the announcement of his selection to join the inauguration has said it would be his “honor” to participate and that he will deliver a prayer with a “21st century ring to it.”

Hier and his Wiesenthal Center earlier recenly called the U.S. abstention on a United Nations Security Council Resolution condemning Israel for settlement building the top anti-Semitic incident of 2016.

He is not the first rabbi connected to the Kushner family who has been invited to participate in a major Trump event, Haaretz noted. In July, Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, who oversaw Ivanka Trump’s conversion, was asked to deliver the invocation at the Republican National Convention. Lookstein backed out after pressure from the modern Orthodox community, of which he is a prominent member.


1 Comment

  1. John Nozynski May 9, 2017 Reply

    Rabbi…peace to you and all your chosen people

    On July 2, 1492, the Zamoyski or Zamojski family welcomed the Jews to their city in Poland and the
    y Torres extended family were given our Christian protection from the Inquisition. We also donated the
    Land for 2 Tmples, and several family members did convert.

    In recent years, (5-8) , the oldest known use of the menorah was donated by Count Adam Zamoyski to
    The people of Israel . The family holds 2 others.

    My mother was born a Zamojski. As her son, and family to a number of immediate family members, I feel
    That I must express my outrage over the Kushner family marketing of their products for personal gain
    While using the good faith and stature of the US government of which he is a part.

    Just as we welcomed you and the scorned people from all of Europe, I feel that the Kushner family is
    Repaying our care with sheer avarice without regard for our national American concept of kindness and
    Care for all people. Holding the Kushner family in scorn is rapidly spreading, and I fear it may spread
    To the people of Isreal. We must make this right.

    Thank you …..and may we work productively for we are given the word of God in his own tradition.

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