Which shul? Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner pick DC neighbourhood


Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in-law are due to move to a Washington neighbourhood which has two Orthodox shuls in close proximity, it emerged on Tuesday.

Local real estate agents told the Washingtonian that Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and their three children will be moving to a house in the upmarket Kalorama neighbourhood.

The family, who observe Shabbat, will be just a 10-minute walk away from the local Chabad shul, and around a half an hour walk from the modern Orthodox Kesher Israel synagogue in Georgetown.

In New York, where the Kushner family have lived up until now, they have attended a Modern Orthodox synagogue, Kehilath Jeshurun.

Despite the low level of electoral support for Mr Trump among both US Jews and the Washington population, local Jewish leaders seemed confident that politics would not get in the way of the First Daughter and her family being welcomed into the Jewish community.

Ron Halber, president of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, told the Washington Post that he did not think “the issue of whether he [Mr Trump] was popular or not with Jewish voters will have any reflection on their acceptance."

Similarly, while Elanit Jakabovics, the President of Kesher Israel, could not discuss whether the Kushners were considering joining the synagogue, she told the Post that “We park our politics at the door and welcome anyone, whether it’s Ivanka and Jared or anyone else who lives and works here. Everyone is welcome to come and pray.”

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