Jewish Congress Opposes Referendum on Sunday Law in New Jersey

Plans for meetings to oppose a referendum in 15 New Jersey counties for local option approval of a Sunday closing law were announced today by the New Jersey region of the American Jewish Congress.

The 15 counties include such heavily Jewish areas as Essex county and the shore counties. The shore counties, which do much of their business on Sundays, have not indicated support of the new law which bans sales of clothing, building and lumber, furniture and furnishings and appliances. Jews and Seventh Day Adventists and highway merchants oppose the new measure.

County referendums were set in motion when petitions with the needed number of signatures were obtained in the 15 counties. Adrian M. Unger, president of the AJC region, said the law was “designed to enforce religious doctrine and is a violation of the constitutional requirements for the separation of church and state.”

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