WATCH: Ivanka Trump Visits Warsaw Ghetto Memorial, Recites Kaddish With Chief Rabbi

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Ivanka Trump visited the Warsaw Ghetto memorial Thursday during a visit to Poland with her father, President Donald Trump.

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Ivanka, who serves as an adviser to the president, converted to Judaism before marrying Jared Kushner, an Orthodox Jew, in 2009. Kushner also serves as a presidential adviser.

The president’s daughter participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial site for victims of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto uprising, and recited Kaddish—the Jewish mourner’s prayer—with Polish Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich. Ivanka also toured the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which is adjacent to the memorial.

Ivanka Trump visits the Warsaw Ghetto memorial. Credit: Instagram.

Schudrich said Ivanka’s visit to the memorial site was “very, very important…not only because she’s a Jew, because her grandparents-in-law are survivors of the Holocaust, but also as a human being it’s important.”

At the same time, the chief rabbi lamented that President Trump was the first U.S. president in 25 years not to visit the Warsaw Ghetto memorial during an official trip to Poland. In a joint statement, Schudrich and Polish Jewish community leaders Wednesday said they “deeply regretted” Trump’s decision not to stop at the Holocaust memorial.

The president was in Poland to meet with regional leaders and to deliver a speech in Warsaw’s Krasinski Square, ahead of attending his first G20 summit in Hamburg.

 

(JNS.org)

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Please cover your hair when you say a prayer, and Jews don’t leave wreathes at memorials, we light candles, leave a pebble and give tzedaka ( charity)

    And stop telling your father to import “refugees” like Merkel, and tell your husband to dont even think about pushing israel to help make a state for the so-called “palestinians”.

  2. I believe this broke with tradition as usually the president visits this memorial. I think it was beautiful that his daughter Ivanka did this since she converted to Judaism. How kind to her and how caring of our pesident. It must have been very meaningful for her.

  3. I understand why she went to the memorial. What I don’t understand is, if she really became an Orthodox Jew through the conversion process, she would/should have been taught that married women always cover their hair during prayer! That is even taught in the Conservative movement-at least it was in the 1960s. As for the wreath it may have been prepared automatically, as that is what politicians do. I agree as an Orthodox Jew she should have also lit a memorial candle as well as place a stone on the monument. After all, she represented not only Jews of America, she was representing the citizens of the USA.

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