Jewish Groups Protest Ban on Sunday Trading by New Jersey Governor

Jewish groups protested today the signing of a bill by Gov. Robert B. Meyner prohibiting the sale of a variety of merchandise on Sundays in 18 of New Jersey’s 21 countries. The other three are counties with seaside resorts and huge Sunday business.

Both Jewish groups and others, including the Seventh Day Adventists whose adherents observe the Sabbath, hold the measure discriminatory in that it penalizes Sabbath observers who close their shops on Saturday for religious reasons and must now be closed on Sundays, too, Adrian Unger, New Jersey regional president of the American Jewish Congress, called the law “unfair.” Rabbi Zev Segal, head of the state’s Rabbinical council, called it “unfortunate.”

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