With the High Holy Days beginning next week, about 100 Jewish leaders dialed into a conference call on Friday morning with the president.
Once the call began shortly after 11 a.m., attendees were greeted by Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, who is a practicing Orthodox Jew. He opened the conversation by saying this is the most special time of year for the Jewish people, according to one person who was listening in. He added that the president takes great pride in having a Jewish daughter and a Jewish granddaughter. After Kushner’s remarks, Trump offered the traditional wish of “shana tova” and reiterated his commitment to Israel. He also noted that he has a deep admiration for the Jewish people, and explained that the Jewish tradition strengthens the nation and inspires us all, according to the participant’s notes on the call.