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Orthodox Rallis Form Kashruth Council

January 29, 1923
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Declaring the Law of Kashruth to be “clear, simple and distinct”, the conference of Rabbis of New York called for the formation of a Kehillah Kashruth Council meeting at the office of the Kehillah today, decided to elect a committee of ten to represent the organizations, and congregations participating at the conference and to speak for the orthodox and conservative Jews, in a public way, on the Kashruth question.

The meeting was opened by a general statement as to the purpose of the conference, and Samuel H. Hoffstadter, who hud been appointed Assistant Atorney General to try the Satz case, testing the constitutionality of the Kosher Law, spoke as to what was required of the assembly in order to help him. Elias A. Cohen acted as chairman, and William Lieberman appeared as Council for the Kehillah.

Resolutions adopted after much discussion included the following:

RESOLVED that it is the unanimous (###)sense of all those assembled here today, that food which though Kosher in its inception, is kept for sale in the same store where non-kosher food is kept, becomes thereby no-Kosher, unless under the supervision of an orthodox (###) to see that both are kept absolutely separate.RESOLVED that a Committee of 10 be selected by the Chairman of this council, who shall prepare for the Attorney General a resume of the Law on Kashruth in English, and to represent those present, their organizations whom they represent, and their congregations, and that this Committee of 10 shall be the only body authorized, so to speak, for the orthodox and conservative Jews of this city, in a public way, on this question.

In addition a resolution was unanimously carried that the Chairman appoint a Committee, representative of all the orthodox Rabbinical organizations in New York City, to form a central Rabbis’ body, and to take such steps as may be necessary to bring this about.

The next meeting is to be held two weeks from this day, and the meeting of the committees are to be held the following Monday.

Invitations to the conference were sent to 154 Rabbis and an open letter urging the attendance of all Rabbis was printed in the Jewish press.

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