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Ivanka Trump has been called many things from privileged to successful, from accomplice to complicit, but one new label has provoked outrage on social media: “The most powerful Jewish woman in America.”
The title was bestowed on the first daughter by CNN which recently published a story titled, “Ivanka Trump: “America’s Most Powerful Jewish Woman.” The article details Ivanka’s 2009 conversion to Judaism before marrying Jared Kushner, who is an Orthodox Jew, and the private nature of her faith.
CNN references a 2015 Vogue article in which Ivanka calls her religion a “personal thing” and a passage in her new book Women Who Work that describes her weekly Shabbat ritual: “During this time, we disconnect completely — no emails, no TV, no phone calls, no Internet. We enjoy uninterrupted time together and it’s wonderful. In addition to being a sacred part of our religion, we live in such a fast-paced world that it’s enormously important to unplug and devote that time to each other.”
On Thursday, Ivanka skipped the president’s press conference on the U.S. withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement to attend synagogue for the Jewish holiday Shavuot and during the first family’s trip overseas to Israel in May, Ivanka Instagrammed a photo of herself deep in prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
Still, the title of “Most powerful Jewish woman in America” triggered anger online.
Some of the outrage over the prestigious title may be due to Ivanka’s insistence to keep her religious life private combined with Jewish matters seemingly absent in her platform, which so far have solely been women’s issues in the workplace. There are also people who do not consider Ivanka a true Jewish woman due to her conversion by marriage. And many could take issue with Ivanka as a “powerful” leader and someone who is able to sway her father on social issues, especially in a cabinet that includes Steve Bannon, who has been accused of holding anti-Semitic views.
Most recently, Ivanka was roasted on Twitter when her 5-year-old daughter Arabella Kushner was photographed wearing a dress by designer John Galliano, who was fired from Dior in 2011 after making anti-Semitic comments.
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