(JTA) — It turns out President Donald Trump’s next grandson probably won’t be having a bris.
Though Jewish media outlets (including JTA) widely reported that Lara Trump, the pregnant wife of Eric Trump, is a Member of the Tribe, she is in fact not Jewish, a White House Press Office representative confirmed to JTA on Tuesday. The representative declined to give her name.
Following a Monday announcement by the couple that that they were expecting a baby boy, the Jewish baby frenzy went into motion.
The false impression that Lara Trump (nee Yunaska), a former personal trainer and former CBS producer for “Inside Edition,” is Jewish seems to trace back to a 2014 Page Six article that said the couple wed under “a crystal-embellished chuppa” (with Jewish brother-in-law Jared Kushner officiating). It’s not clear whether the canopy in fact was inspired by Jewish themes, but following the publication of that article, Jewish media outlets (along with some anti-Semitic ones) referred to her as Jewish.
Ethnicelebs.com, a website that traces the ancestry of celebrities, debunked the claim in July — reporting Lara instead to be of Slovak, English, German, remote Swiss-German and Dutch heritage — but that didn’t put the rumor to rest.
That isn’t to say the Lara and Eric’s baby won’t be surrounded by plenty of Jewish influences. He will have three Jewish cousins: the children of Trump’s daughter Ivanka, a convert to Orthodox Judaism, and Jared. And another Trump daughter, Tiffany, is dating Ross Mechanic, who is Jewish.
But unless Laura and Eric are so impressed by Jewish practices that they decide to join the Tribe, it seems that they won’t be having a Jewish child anytime soon.
Josefin Dolsten is a news fellow at the Forward. She writes about politics and culture, and edits the Sisterhood blog. She received an MA in Jewish Studies and Comparative Religion from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a BA in Government from Cornell University. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter at @josefindolsten.