LOS ANGELES (JTA) – Rabbi Marvin Hier has known Charles and Seryl Kushner – Jared Kushner’s parents and Ivanka Trump’s in-laws – for decades. The Hiers and the Kushners have gone to the same kosher-for-Passover resort, the Arizona Biltmore, over the years. The Kushner family, prominent real estate developers, have also been generous donors to the Simon Wiesenthal Center founded by Hier, which he now serves as dean.
But the Los Angeles-based Hier said he was shocked three weeks ago when a Trump aide invited him to offer a prayer at the U.S. presidential inauguration. The 77-year-old rabbi said he accepted immediately because “it was the menschlichkeit thing to do,” using the Yiddish word meaning honourable, “and I am proud to do it.” [Read more…]