Ivanka Trump Opens Up About Converting to Orthodox Judaism

PHOTO: Ivanka Trump attends the 2015 amfAR New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street, Feb. 11, 2015, in New York.Michael Stewart/Getty Images
Ivanka Trump attends the 2015 amfAR New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street, Feb. 11, 2015, in New York.

Ivanka Trump converted to Judaism after getting together with her husband, Jared Kushner, though she rarely discusses it.

For the businesswoman, the subject is "such a personal thing."

“We’re pretty observant, more than some, less than others. I just feel like it’s such an intimate thing for us," she told Vogue. "It’s been such a great life decision for me. I am very modern, but I’m also a very traditional person, and I think that’s an interesting juxtaposition in how I was raised as well. I really find that with Judaism, it creates an amazing blueprint for family connectivity."

PHOTO: Ivanka Trump is seen in the VOGUE March issue.Norman Jean Roy/VOGUE
Ivanka Trump is seen in the VOGUE March issue.

Trump, 33, and Kushner, 34, who have been married since 2009 and are now parents to two small children, keep Kosher and observe the Sabbath. From Friday night until sundown on Saturday, they disconnect from the rest of the world and enjoy time with their family.

"We don’t do anything but hang out with one another. We don’t make phone calls," she said. "It’s an amazing thing when you’re so connected to really sign off. And for [my three-year-old] Arabella to know that she has me, undivided, one day a week? We don’t do anything except play with each other, hang out with one another, go on walks together. Pure family."

It's nice for Kushner too. His wife, he said, has really embraced the ritual, and even learned to cook as a result of it.

"Ivanka’s such a type A,” he said. “She just gets it done. But she said, ‘If we’re going to do Shabbos, I’m going to cook.’ She never cooked before in her life, and became a great cook. So for Friday, she’ll make dinner for just the two of us, and we turn our phones off for 25 hours. Putting aside the religious aspect of it; we live in such a fast-paced world.”