Paterson, N. J. (Aug. 22)
Agitation has been started locally for a tax of one cent on purchase of kosher meat and on the slaughtering of fowl, the entire income to be devoted to the maintenance of the Barnert Memorial Hebrew Free School, Reform, and the Paterson Talmud Torah, Orthodox, both of which are now in process of merging. The tax plan is similar to that now being discussed in Philadelphia.
Philip Dimond, president of the local Y.M.-Y.W.H.A., and a prominent communal leader, is quoted in the local “Jewish Post,” which started the agitation editorially, as approving the idea. Says Mr. Dimond:
“It will mean that here in Paterson another step in the consolidation of our Hebrew institutions will take place. I do not believe the tax will bring about any difficulty for Paterson Jewry. In fact, many members of our community would be only too glad to pay the tax and to stabilize our Hebrew schools.”
Benjamin Horwich, president of the Reform religious school, has also highly endorsed the proposal for the tax It is expected that a conference will be held very soon to air a current Kashruth controversy here, and take steps to introduce the tax project.