Businesswoman Ivanka Trump — the Jewish daughter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump — told a group gathered in "The Shul" in Surfside, Florida on Thursday that her father had asked for her prayers during the Jewish High Holidays this year.
As reported on ColLive.com, a by-reservation crowd filled the the seats of the Chabad synagogue located in the Miami suburb known as a favored hideaway of the rich and famous. In fact, the 34-year-old Trump noted that her wealthy parents-in-law, Charles and Seryl Kushner, frequent The Shul during their visits to the sunny state. In a town-hall like event, Trump sat on the uniquely gated Bimah and took questions from local residents of this swing state, openly discussing her Jewish faith, family intricacies and of course, her billionaire father.
Noting that the holidays feel “in the midst of, let’s just say an important time in my life and my family’s life,” Trump — according to a recording obtained by The Algemeiner — told the crowd at The Shul, located between the Miami suburbs of Bal Harbour and Surfside, “My father didn’t even give me a hard time about it once. You know what he would say right before Yom Tov — he would call and say, ‘You better pray hard for me.’ I’d say, ‘Yes dad, we will pray hard.’ Then he’d call Jared [Trump’s husband Jared Kushner] and say, ‘Jared, you gotta pray hard for me.’ So he covered all of the bases.”
Trump — whose five-year-old daughter recently started kindergarten at a Jewish school in New York City — also talked about the importance of Jewish education.
“It’s such a blessing for me to have her come home every night and share with me the Hebrew that she’s learned and sing songs for me around the holidays,” Trump — who converted to Judaism in 2009 — said. “And it’s really a learning opportunity for me once again through her eyes. It’s really an amazing thing. It’s just been such a great lesson.”
Short raw clip.
25 minute video obtained via Facebook. According to the invite for the event in The Shul, "Ivanka will start with her presentation and then will open to questions from the audience which need to be pre-submitted."