New Year Dark for Paterson, Hurt by Strike

The closing down of all silk mills in the city presents a problem for the thousands of Jews connected with the silk business, coming as it does just before the observance of the High Holidays.

As has been the custom of Jews over many years, more money is expended for clothes and food in celebration of the New Year.

It is doubtful if there will be much rejoicing over tables and in synagogues on Rosh Hashonah as men connected with the silk industry worry about financial and business troubles.

Few in the industry have saved money. It has been next to impossible for the working man to support his family and lay aside definite sums of money weekly. It has only been since the New Deal that anything like a fairly decent wage and decent hours have come to the warper and weaver.

It is a black picture that faces the Paterson Jews as the New Year opens, but there is hope for speedy settlement of the strike.

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