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Jewish Groups Appeal Against New York Sunday Law; Seek Exemption for Sabbath Observers

The American Jewish Congress announces today that it was filing an appeal against the conviction of two proprietors of kosher butcher shops in this city who were found guilty of violating the city’s Sunday Law by selling meat on Sunday. The butchers are Orthodox Jews who keep their shops closed on Saturday. The appeal is supported by the N.Y. Board of Rabbis, Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America and the National Council of Young Israel.

The A.J.C. attorneys who filed the appeal–which they said they would take to the Supreme Court if necessary–pointed out that the “Sunday Law is discriminatory because it makes no exception for Orthodox Jews who observe Saturday as the Sabbath.” The two Jews convicted of violating the Sunday Law–Samuel Friedman and Samuel Praska–are scheduled to be sentenced June 22.