Ivanka and Jared don’t let Sabbath get in the way of golf
By Gabrielle Fonrouge and Bruce Golding
June 14, 2017 | 12:45am | Updated
President Trump’s daughter and son-in-law don’t let their religious practices interfere with their love of the links at his Bedminster country club.
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner follow the Jewish prohibition on Sabbath business transactions by not paying the caddy who carries their golf bags on Saturdays until the next day, a club worker said.
Their tips are generous — usually $100 on top of the $200-per-round, the worker said.
But experts in Jewish law say that playing golf on Saturdays isn’t kosher — even without exchanging cash or using carts, which the couple shuns.
The Rabbinical Assembly, part of Judaism’s Conservative movement which is less strict than the Orthodox tradition embraced by Jared and Ivanka, ruled against Sabbath golf in 2015 — because golfers can create divots on the fairway.
“Both the digging and the repair of the hole . . . constitute melakhot [forbidden work],” according to the ruling.
Ivanka and Jared have also been spotted dining at non-kosher restaurants in DC.