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Await Mayor’s Ruling for New Sabbath Law

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Awaiting action by the Mayor on a proposed ruling which if passed will legalize Sunday business in the city’s Jewish neighborhoods, Magistrate Anna Moskowitz Kross yesterday announced that she will hand donw a decision on the case of Jewish storekeepers chrged with violation of the Sunday Sabbath law on March 14. By this time, she said, Mayor laguardia will have established whether small storekeepers who keep colsed shop Saturday are violating the law if they do business on Sunday.

Dr. Bernard Drachman, president of the Jewish Sabbath Alliance, plans to send a request to the Chief Magistrate that a conference of magistrates be called to consider the question. He announced that meanwhile storekeepers that meanwhile storekeepers who choose to observe a Saturday Sabbath will not be persecuted if they keep open on Sundays.

Herman Koenigsberg, counsel for the Alliance, said yesterday that a favorable ruling on the Sunday Sabbath law is expected. In neighborhood where there is concentrated Jewish population, he said, a investigation of the extent of Saturday observance will be made by the Alliance.

Mayor LaGrardia has instructed Corporation Counsel Paul Windels to submit a report on the law regarding suday closed shop.

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