Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump host members of president’s Cabinet for Shabbat dinner


(JTA) — Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump hosted several members of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet for a Shabbat dinner.

The London-based Daily Mail published photos of food and caterers, flowers and a makeup artist arriving at the couple’s new home in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Local Chabad Rabbi Levi Shemtov also was photographed outside their house on Friday afternoon.

Photos showed Secret Service agents inspecting boxes of food as well as floral arrangements, and the deliverymen who brought them, that arrived to the couple’s home.

Photos taken clandestinely by the Daily Mail also showed guests arriving. They  included Department of Commerce nominee Wilbur Ross and his wife, Hilary Geary Ross; the strategic communications director, Hope Hicks; Ivanka Trump’s unofficial adviser, Dina Habib Powell; Gary Cohn, Trump’s top economic policy adviser and the former president of Goldman Sachs, and  Treasury Secretary nominee Steve Mnuchin and his partner, Louise Linton.

The gathering is the first indication of how the Kushner-Trump power couple will combine their White House roles with the demands of Shabbat.

Ivanka Trump converted to Orthodox Judaism before her marriage to Jared Kushner in 2009.

The couple reportedly was given rabbinic permission last week to ride in a car to and home from inaugural balls that took place on Friday night after the start of Shabbat.

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