The other Kush­n­ers? Not quite like Jared

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY IS­ABEL DE BERTODANO

THE DAY af­ter the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, while Jared Kush­ner was get­ting dressed for the Free­dom Ball, his younger brother, Joshua, was pho­tographed at the Women’s March on Wash­ing­ton.

The march, which was broadly anti-Trump, was the largest po­lit­i­cal demon­stra­tion since the anti-Viet­nam protests in the 1960s.

Joshua, a life­long Demo­crat, could not have cho­sen a more di­rect way to prove that he is no Kush­ner clone.

Last month, Jared was ap­pointed a se­nior ad­viser to his fa­ther-in-law, Don­ald Trump, slip­ping into a role that makes him one of the most in­flu­en­tial peo­ple in the United States.

Joshua, a ven­ture cap­i­tal­ist, who at 31 is four years younger than his brother, looks the Kush­ner part: high-school-prom-hand­some, dim­pled, im­pos­si­bly rich.

How­ever, as a keen sup­porter of Barack Obama’s Af­ford­able Care Act (ACA), which Mr Trump has com­mit­ted him­self to dis­man­tling, Joshua’s politics are di­a­met­ri­cally op­posed to his those of brother.

One of Joshua’s most high-pro­file busi­ness ven­tures has been as co­founder of Os­car Health, an in­sur­ance provider de­signed to help Amer­i­cans nav­i­gate the com­plex health sys­tem us­ing dig­i­tal apps. In a blog post shortly af­ter the elec­tion, Joshua and his co-founder, Mario Schlosser, de­clared their con­tin­ued sup­port for the ACA, writ­ing: “All Amer­i­cans de­serve health­care cov­er­age that is high quality and af­ford­able.”

De­spite their po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences, the Kush­ner broth­ers are re­port­edly close. Jared has sold many of his busi­ness as­sets to Joshua to avoid ac­cu­sa­tions of con­flicts of in­ter­est when he ac­cepted his White House po­si­tion.

Grow­ing up as Or­tho­dox Jews, in Livingston, New Jersey, the Kush­n­ers have long been im­mersed in Jewish cul­ture.

When Jared trav­elled to Poland as part of a March of the Liv­ing trip to Holo­caust sites in 1998, the im­pact was pow­er­ful. “He was un­der­stand­ing the sever­ity of our jour­ney, the com­mit­ment he had to his fam­ily and his legacy,” said Joel Katz, who led the trip. He was “ex­tremely steeped in Holo­caust ed­u­ca­tion and Yid­dishkeit”.

Eli­sheva Ben Ze’ev, who was in the same group as Jared, de­scribed an in­ci­dent which con­trasted starkly with Mr Trump’s boast about sex­u­ally as­sault­ing women. Jared, she told the For­ward, de­fended her when she was grabbed by a stranger. Ms Ben Ze’ev said she was ap­proached by an older man who tried to hug her. Jared threw him to the ground and shouted: “Don’t you touch her, get away from us”.

Marti Sichel, an­other par­tic­i­pant, told the For­ward: “He didn’t come off as a jerk like some­body might if they knew that all the girls on their tour are crush­ing on them.”

PHOTO: GETTY IM­AGES

Oh brother: Jared ( left) and Joshua Kush­ner in New York in 2008 and ( right) Joshua at the anti-Trump march

PHOTO: JES­SICA SIDMAN

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