As they prepare to move to Washington, D.C., Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are looking for an Orthodox temple to join. A New York Post source is reporting that a family representative inquired about membership at Ohey Sholom, D.C.’s oldest Orthodox congregation.
That might only be a bit awkward. Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld is a vocal critic of Donald Trump, going so far as to shout down Trump when he spoke at AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. He was removed for shouting, “Do not listen to this man. He is wicked. He inspires racists and bigots,” just before his removal by security personnel. After the removal, the Rabbi wrote a Facebook post in which he declared an “obligation as a rabbi to declare [Trump’s] wickedness to the world.”
The Rabbi would not confirm any conversation with a representative of the Kushner family to the New York Post.
If the family is inquiring about Ohey Sholom, it’s likely that they’re house-hunting nearby. Orthodox Jews observe the Sabbath and are forbidden from riding in motor vehicles on the day of rest, per tradition.