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Laymen Want Representation on Kosher Unit

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The laymen section of the Kashruth Association of Greater New York yesterday made a bid for participation with the rabbis in controlling religious supervision of poultry markets.

At the same time, Shochtim Union Local 440, organization of kosher poultry slaughterers, met at Clinton Hall, 151 Clinton street, to discuss measures to enforce their contract with market owners calling for payment for slaughtering at the rate of one-half cent per pound.

The Kashruth Association announcement came in the form of two resolutions passed Sunday night at a mass meeting at the Bialystoker Center, East Broadway near Clinton street.

“We, the laymen of the Vaad Hakashruth who have energetically aided to carry out the ban on poultry until victory,” the resolution read, “think that the purpose of the ban has not yet been fully achieved because kashruth is not free of irresponsibility and there is still room for much improvement.” The resolution contained the decision of the laymen to call a meeting between themselves and the rabbis to “ensure the supervision of chicken markets and plan for further work for kashruth adherence.”


The second resolution called for representation of laymen in the executive committee of the Kashruth Association, which at present is composed of rabbis.

The difficulty between shochtim and market owners centered about the alleged refusal of market men to open their books to the union’s accountants to determine how many shochtim should be allotted each market. The terms of the contract require that a market must employ one shochet for each 12,000 pounds of poultry slaughtered.

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