Butchers Will Seek Mayor’s Aid in Fight for Sunday Opening

Representatives of the Federation of Kosher Butchers of Greater New York will confer with Mayor LaGuardia this week in a determined effort to win for members of the organization the privilege of keeping their shops open on Sunday.

Many of the kosher butchers are unable to support themselves and their families unless they can obtain this privilege, according to David S. Andron, counsel for the Federation, who points out that their establishments are closed from Friday night until Saturday night and that they do little business on either Friday or Monday.

Because the kosher butchers constitute virtually the only store keepers who observe the Jewish Sabbath as a class, the statute which makes Sunday closing obligatory has the effect of being discriminatory against them, Andron says.

The Federation already has communicated with LaGuardia regarding a future conference on this subject, and plans to go still further in its fight against Sunday closing by having its legal department introduce legislation to supersede the Sabbath statute. Lawyers for the organization will attempt to prove that the law is unconstitutional.

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