Magazine article Tablet Magazine

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Choose a Mansion-And a Synagogue-In Washington D.C

Magazine article Tablet Magazine

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Choose a Mansion-And a Synagogue-In Washington D.C

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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump's long and baffling march to power took another odd Jewish turn this week, with the news they have selected a synagogue in D.C., where they will move into a $5.5 million house in preparation for their roles in the incoming Trump Administration. The newly christened (can you say that about Jews? I'm doing it anyway) "power couple" will attend TheSHUL, a Chabad synagogue just a seven-minute walk from their new 6,700 square feet, six-bedroom mansion with five wood-burning fireplaces (which is what's really important to God on Shabbat, the walking). Oh, and the Obamas will be right around the corner, too. The congregation is led by Rabbi Levi Shemtov, who has offered little on his potential new congregants, telling The Forward, "I haven't commented and cannot comment on who might attend our synagogue. That is our policy." Fair enough, Rabbi Shemtov.

I'm not really a synagogue person, so I can't speak much to the internal board politics that might have ultimately discouraged Kushner and Trump from attending a Modern Orthodox congregation like Kesher Israel, which they reportedly also considered. That Georgetown shul is apparently a half-hour walk from their house, which to be fair, is hard to make in your Ivanka Trump-branded nude stilettos, even if you have, as I imagine is the case, surgically altered your metatarsals to look like Barbie feet. …

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