The publicity given the Cleveland kashruth trial by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency is credited by both sides to the controversy with being responsible for the settlement outside of court which yesterday culminated the affair that has been agitating the Jews of this and surrounding cities for several weeks. In an advertisement in the local Yiddish and English press the kashruth board expresses its thanks to the J.T.A., while the Swift & Co. officials present at the trial admitted that the J.T.A.’s handling of the news forced the Chicago office of Swift & Co. to stop the proceedings.
The tentative agreement that has been reached brings to an end the suit against the kosher board and the rabbis’s union by Benjamin Cohen, agent for Swift & Co., who demanded a permanent restraining order against the interference with his and Swift’s business by telling the Jews that meat from his stores was not under the supervision of accredited slaughterers. This matter has been entirely eliminated by the agreement.
The introduction into the proceedings of E. W. Phelps, manager of the Swift plant in Cleveland, made possible the settlement when he agreed to the kosher board’s conditions and gave it and the rabbis full recognition. Swift & Co. agrees to submit to the kosher board and the rabbis’ union and to give them control of their kosher business. Rabbis will henceforth determine how many and which slaughterers should be employed in the Swift plant and the slaughterers will be under the supervision of the rabbis and the meat shops will be under the jurisdiction of the kosher board.
In agreeing to withdraw the case from court and pay all expenses Cohen declared that he will not recognize the rabbis and the kosher board. The manager of the Swift Co. expressed his regret that the company had become involved in the matter and promised to cooperate in the future.
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