Shmuel Shkedi
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Jerusalem councilman Shmuel Shkedi of the "United Jerusalem" faction is starting to show light signs of recovery after suffering a stroke last Thursday. On Saturday he was even able to sing songs with his children during a Shabbat meal.

Shkedi's daughter said that while the doctors still haven't checked if he is able to walk, and while its too early to speak of his release, he is aware of his surroundings and even joined in singing with his children at a Shabbat meal on Saturday afternoon.

Shkedi, who is in his 60s and has previously held public office, became a council member in the recent elections as United Jerusalem won two mandates.

Upon joining re-elected Mayor Nir Barkat's coalition, Shkedi was named chairperson of the city's Finance Committee as well as chairperson of the Coalition, while  his fellow United Jerusalem council member Aryeh King received chairperson posts on the Environment Committee as well as the Emergency and Security Committee.

The stroke occurred last Thursday in Shkedi's Jerusalem home. After being rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital he was transferred to the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer for an intracranial catheterization.

King told Arutz Sheva that Shkedi is "a strong man who is important to Jerusalem. I wish him a complete recovery and ask the entire public to pray for the recovery of Shmuel Yirmiyahu ben Breyna. We need him back in the Jerusalem municipality, and quickly."