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Few Jewish Employers in England Avail Themselves of Sabbath Exemption Law

October 19, 1926
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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Several problems of Jewish life in England were presented at the monthly meeting of the Board of Jewish Deputies held here yesterday. A discussion developed on the new government Factories Bill in which the clause of the old Factories Act of 1901, providing that Jewish employers who close their shops on Saturday are permitted to employ Jewish women and young men to work on Sunday, is included.

According to this law, the Jewish employers who observe the Sabbath are not permitted to ask their workmen to work an extra hour per day on week days or from sunset to nine p.m. on Saturday.

The chairman of the parliamentary law committee of the Board of Jewish Deputies was informed by the British Home Office that in the year 1914 only ten Jewish employers and 13 in the year 1925 chose to work on Sunday. The new bill allows ten hours of work daily or forty-eight hours weekly with the right of employing women and young persons for 100 hours overtime during the year and 50 hours additional overtime when exceptional pressure of business prevails.

Regarding the situation of the Jewish refugees released from Eastleigh Camp, D’Avigdor Goldsmid expressed the hope that the conditions imposed by the Home Secretary will be fulfilled by the Jewish community. The transmigrats include ten non-Jews; we will gladly take the responsibility for these non-Jews, he stated. The most difficult problem of the refugees is presented by fifty unmarried girls who have no relatives in England and it is necessary to find homes for them unit they will be able to join their relatives in America.

An anonymous contribution of £ 100s was received by the committee for the Eastleigh refugees.

The board also heard a letter from the British Home Secretary to the effect that he granted the request of the committee to exempt aliens’ children who have attained the age of sixteen from appearing in person at the police stations for registration. The committee urged that these children be free from personally attending registration because of the demoralizing effect it has. The new regulation exempting them from personal attendance will be temporarily applied only in London.

The Joint Foreign Committee of the Board of Jewish Deputies and the Anglo-Jewish Association has sent a message of condolence to the family of the late Russian Jewish jurist and leader, Maxim Vinaver.

U. P. A. CONFERENCE WILL TAKE PLACE IN BOSTON

The national conference of the United Palestine Appeal to inaugurate the 1927 campaign for $7,500,000 will take place in Boston, Mass., on November 20th and 21st, it was announced yesterday by the headquarters of the Appeal. The conference will be addressed by Dr. Chaim Weizmann and prominent Zionist leaders of America and Europe.

Plans for the campaign throughout the country will be adopted at the conference.

Jascha Heifetz sailed on the French liner, France, for a concert tour which will take him round the world and include twenty foreign countries and bring him back to New York in the Spring of 1928.

The violinist expects to land in California on Oct. 17, 1927, and to give recitals in twenty-eight States before reaching New York.

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