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Conservatives back off boycott

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The U.S. Conservative movement has backed away from any decision to boycott Agriprocessors following a federal raid on the country’s largest kosher slaughterhouse.

The Conservative movement is united in believing a response is needed to the Agriprocessors scandal, but it is divided on what the response should be, sources say.

Calls this week by activist rabbis for a limited boycott have been muted out of concern that a boycott could be actionable and might discourage Jews from keeping kosher because kosher meat would be harder to access.

Movement officials are now considering other options, which include encouraging congregants to find alternatives to kosher products made by Agriprocessors, and/or a study session on Jewish values related to workers’ rights and food consumption to be organized this summer.

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