The young tradition of hosting a Passover seder in the White House may be discontinued under the Trump administration, if this year is anything to go by.
According to the Forward Wednesday, Trump has not given any indication as of yet that he intends to host a seder this year, and with Passover on Monday night, the clock is rapidly ticking. The move is somewhat surprising given that the President’s daughter and grandchildren are Orthodox Jews.
The tradition of the White House seder is a fairly recent one, started in April 2008 by Eric Lesser, Herbie Ziskend, and Arun Chaudhary three junior staff members of President Barack Obama’s campaign. At the end of that first Seder, Obama reportedly remarked “next year in the White House,” in reference to the traditional declaration at the conclusion of the Seder, “Next year in Jerusalem.”
Even if he does not host a Passover seder in the White House itself, Trump may still attend one with the family of his daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband, real estate developer Jared Kushner.