Has Jared Kushner been told to lower his White House profile amid reports that he is a key figure in the investigation into contacts with Russia?
NBC News quotes sources saying that Kushner has been warned by several associates to “lay low” while the Trump administration battles the ever=growing fallout from the probe.
A White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told NBC News that at least one staffer was speechless when the person learned about Kushner’s involvement in a so-called “back channel” to Russia during the transition period.
If Jared does step back from the spotlight it would be a huge changed for Trump’s do-everything Jewish son-in-law.
Kushner has been annointed the go-to guy on everything from Middle East peacemaking to streamlining government bureaucracy.
He was even said to be heading a White House “war room” to push back on revelations related to the Russia investigation — but that may have changed now that he might wind up at the center of the scandal.
( JTA ) — Barbra Streisand announced the death of her dog, Sammie, on her social media accounts.
“We cherish every moment of the 14 years we had with her, Streisand, 75, announced on Saturday, including a photo taken of her and Sammie on Mothers Day.
Jason took this pic of me holding Sammie on Mother’s Day. This is the last time my picture was taken with my beloved girl Samantha. May she rest in peace. We cherish every moment of the 14 years we had with her. May 2003 – May 2017.
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Streisand once told London-based newspaper The Independent that Sammie is “like the daughter I never had,” the Associated Press reported.
Sammie was a Coton de Tulear breed, also known as the “Royal Dog of Madagascar.” Streisand has owned several dogs of that breed.
Sammie visited Israel with Streisand on a 10-day trip in 2013.
JERUSALEM ( JTA ) — Natan Meir, whose wife Dafna was killed in a terror attack in their home, was married in a ceremony in Jerusalem.
Only close family attended the wedding ceremony on Thursday, Arutz-7 reported, and said that no photos from the wedding would be released to the public.
Meir announced in March that he was engaged to Zohar Morgenstern of Jerusalem. The announcement came over a year after the terror attack in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. His daughter, Renana, 18, who witnessed the attack, became engaged a week before her father.
Dafna Meir, 38, a mother of four and foster mother of two young children, was stabbed to death in January 2016 at the entrance of her home by a teenage Palestinian attacker. She was fighting off her attacker in what is believed to have been an attempt to save three of her children who were in the house at the time.
In a Facebook post after his engagement, Meir thanked his children for their support and sharing in his happiness. Without them, he wrote, “I could not open my heart to love again.”
( JTA ) — A cousin of the Manchester bomber arrested last week in connection with the attack that left 22 dead posted anti-Semitic messages on social media.
Abderahman Forjani, 21, was arrested on May 23, hours after the suicide bomb attack by Salman Adedi outside the Manchester Arena at the end of a concert by American popstar Ariana Grande. His brother, Abdalla Forjani, also was arrested.
London-based The Times reported on Monday that Abderahman Forjani had posted anti-Semitic messages on Facebook. His account has since been taken down.
Among the Facebook posts were: “If only Hitler was still alive – these Jews would be burnt in chambers.”
He also posted his animosity toward his hometown of Manchester.
It also was reported on Monday that the bomber had prayed at Didsbury mosque in south Manchester, which was attended by at least two British members of the Islamic State terror organization who had traveled to Syria.
Some 14 people have been arrested in Britain in connection with the bomb attack.
JERUSALEM ( JTA ) — Israel carried out a test launch of a rocket propulsion system from a military base located in the center of Israel.
A statement issued by the Defense Ministry Monday morning after the test did not say whether or not it was successful.
The rocket could be seen in the sky leaving a plume of smoke behind it.
It is not known what rocket the propulsion system is being tested for, though speculation in the Israeli media includes the Arrow anti-ballistic missile system, or the Jericho, a surface-to-surface rocket which reportedly can carry a nuclear warhead.
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