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Kashruth Body Asks City for Sole Authority

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Calling upon the city administration to cooperate with the Kashruth Association as the sole authority in matters concerning kosher food c###lations, the Kashruth Association met in special conference until early yesterday morning at the Hotel Pennsylvania to take stock of the present chaotic kashruth situation and made plans for the rigid enforcement of kashruth under one central body.

One hundred and fifty orthodox rabbis and laymen attended the session. Rabbi Nachman H. Ebin, chairman of the Kashruth Association, presided.

From the impassioned pleas made by several of the rabbis it was evident that the kashruth problem is more snarled than is the popular belief. After five hours of deliberation three resolutions were passed which may have an important bearing on the eventual solution of the kashruth problem. All resolutions were sent to Aldermanic President Bernard S. Deutsch yesterday.

The first resolution was understood to be a protest against the committee appointed by Mr. Deutsch to investigate one of the Schochtim Unions. The feeling of resentment was expressed by Rabbi Ebin, who said, “Formation of the committee was a severe blow to us. We expected that with the new administration the kashruth organization would be strengthened.”

Another resolution passed with almost unanimous approval asks that the Kashruth Association negotiate with poultry market schochtim for supervision of poultry markets.

Heated discussion was caused by the question of “kepel schita,” a speed system which tends to eliminate many schochtim and does not adhere to the kashruth rituals. A delegation of schochtim also protested to the rabbis against this system.

The third resolution, and the one which caused the most argument and ill feeling, demanded that the Kashruth Association be in charge of all supervision. This resolution is understood to be aimed at individual rabbis who have undertaken to supervise meat factories.

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