Charles Kushner grew up in New Jersey. His parents were Holocaust survivors who came to America in the 1940s. Kushner attended NYU and Hofstra. He turned a construction business begun by his father into a private real estate empire, Kushner Companies. Kushner was sentenced to two years in federal prison in Alabama, after pleading guilty to 18 felony counts, but ultimately was released within a year.
Charles Kushner, his wife Seryl, and family move their philanthropy through the Charles and Seryl Kushner Charitable Foundation. The Kushners are strong supporters of Jewish institutions in the United States, as well as Israel. Two modern Orthodox Jewish day schools bear the name of Kushner's parents. Besides Jewish education, the family also supports religious institutions, Jewish health organizations, and more. The family's philanthropy centers around the East Coast, particularly New Jersey and New New York.more » « less