Women & Judaism

Ivanka Makes Shabbat

After a whirlwind week, Trump team members poured into the Kushner residence to celebrate Shabbat Friday evening as the First Daughter and her husband finally relaxed.

Wilbur Ross and his wife Hilary Geary Ross came. President Trump's Strategic Communications Director Hope Hicks, Ivanka's unofficial adviser Dina Habib Powell also came. Former president of Goldman Sachs and top economic policy adviser Gary Cohn, Department of the Treasury pick Steve Mnuchin and his partner Louise Linton all entered the Kushner home to enjoy Shabbat festivities.
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner's home was in a frenzy earlier in the day on Friday afternoon, as people worked to get the house ready for Shabbat. The Orthodox Jewish family was preparing for the day of rest after a hectic week following President Trump's inauguration. A florist, a rabbi, caterers and a glam squad were pictured entering the couple's new D.C. home. Rabbi Levi Shemtov, the Rabbi of the Kushners was also present Friday afternoon.  Makeup artists chatted with him outside of the Kushner home in the Kalorama neighborhood.

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Later, the couple welcomed guests into their home for the festivities. 

With so many people coming in and out of the house, it was no surprise that secret service agents were present to inspect caterers and florists.
The Chabad synagogue where the Kushner’s are members is located just blocks from Ivanka and Jared’s new home. It’s called TheShul and it is situated in a simple brick building in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. It is smaller and less ornate than others in the area but more intimate as it has only around 50 members, including former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.

In Orthodox synagogues, by tradition, men and women are separated by a wall divider during prayer services. Ivanka converted to Orthodox Judaism before she married Jared Kushner in 2009.

She told Vogue in an interview: “We’re pretty observant, more than some, less than others. I just feel like it’s such an intimate thing for us. It’s been such a great life decision for me. I am very modern, but I’m also a very traditional person, and I think that’s an interesting juxtaposition in how I was raised as well. I really find that with Judaism, it creates an amazing blueprint for family connectivity.”

The family has spent the past week adjusting to life in the nation's capital after moving from New York City. Shabbat came, they could finally rest!

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