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To Do This Weekend

  • Both Chabad Intown’s YJP Atlanta group and Chabad of North Fulton have special Shabbat dinners Friday night. For YJP Atlanta, a 6:30 p.m. service is followed by happy hour at 7 and a Chinese dinner at 7:30 at Chabad Intown, 928 Ponce de Leon Ave., Midtown. Tickets are $20 (no tickets at the door); www.yjpatlanta.org. Chabad of North Fulton, 10180 Jones Bridge Road, Alpharetta, is holding Shabbat in the Shtetl, with dinner at 7 p.m. after services at 6. Dinner is $25 for adults, $18 for kids, and free for children 4 and under; RSVP to admin@chabadnf.org or 770-410-9000.
  • The NFTY chapter at Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Road, East Cobb, holds KEFTY Kasino, its annual fundraiser for Camp Jenny, from 7 to 11 p.m. for any ninth- to 12th-graders. Admission is $25, with a $15 entry fee to play in the poker tournament; sign up at keftykasino2017.eventbrite.com.
  • Get an early jump on Tu B’Shevat with the Intown Jewish Preschool, which holds a free celebration from 10 a.m. to noon at 604 Cooledge Ave., with arts and crafts, a discovery area, snacks and more. RSVP to admin@intownjewishpreschool.com or 404-898-0438.

Opinions

  • The Times of Israel’s Raphael Ahren says Donald Trump might wind up reminding people of George W. Bush when it comes to policy on Israel and the Palestinians.
  • Ottomans and Zionists’ Michael Koplow, who has spent the past half-year in the West Bank, studying the settlement layout and topography, makes an urgent plea for Israel to identify, clearly define and limit building to the settlement blocs it envisions as part of the nation under any two-state solution.
  • Al-Monitor’s Akiva Eldar shines a light on the strong, grass-roots bonds between Israelis and Palestinians despite the growing divide between their national leaders.

Finishing on a Positive Note

• Scarlett Johansson has a sci-fi movie, “Ghost in the Shell,” coming out March 31, and, as Variety reports, a new teaser, appropriate for a Super Bowl ad, dropped via Twitter on Thursday. If you need more, here’s the first full trailer from the fall.